Matthew James Gilson, 37, returned to his Heavenly Father peacefully Oct. 7, 2021, at home in is sleep. He was born March 7, 1984, to his loving parents Ron and Kathy Gilson in Provo, Utah. His life began prematurely, weighing less than two pounds. He valiantly fought many medical challenges throughout his life despite being diagnosed with cerebral palsy and confined to a wheelchair. He brought joy to everyone he met with his contagious smile and laughter.
Matthew is survived by his parents Ron and Kathy Gilson, his brother Mark Gilson, his sister Carolyn Bhattarai, and his niece/sister Madison Christenson (Kason). He has five more nieces and four nephews and four great-nephews as well as many other relatives and friends who love him dearly.
Matthew has blessed many lives throughout his life. After his three months in Utah Regional Medical Center in Provo, Utah, we brought him home to Craig, Colorado, where we received much love and help from the community. He attended preschool and grade school in Craig.
In 1996 we moved to Payson, Utah, where he attended junior high and high school where he was soon given an equal amount of love from the community. In 2002 we moved to Stansbury Park, Utah. He completed high school at Tooele High when he was 22 years old by completing his I.E.P. goals. He loved being mainstreamed into as many classes as possible. In the 2003-2004 school year he was given the Tooele High School V.I.P. award and later the “White Buffalo.” The football coach included him as an honorary member of the team and he received his own jersey and attended home games. Because he has always loved music, he loved attending choir. He was a member of the FFA, a Cub Scout as well as a Boy Scout and loved the association with the other kids. He attended many summer camps in Colorado and Utah.
He is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. His service was held Tuesday, Oct 12, at the Bayshore chapel in Stansbury Park, Utah. Interment was held at the Wallsburg, Utah, cemetery.