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BLOOMINGTON — Matthew Eric Fox of Bloomington was born Tuesday, Oct. 16, 1979, in Urbana, and on Saturday (April 15, 2017) in Bloomington, he died a gentle giant. Matt was a tall man, quick to smile, easy to joke with, and a stranger to no one.

His eyes were dark, dark brown, with a twinkle of playfulness, like his dad, Gerald “Jerry” Fox, who died when Matt was 17 years old. Matt’s mom, Rachel, who now lives near Austin, Texas, gave him his conversational skills — Matt liked to talk with people as much as his mom still does. Matt also leaves behind his two sisters, Sharon Fox, Santa Cruz, Calif., and her wife, Kathy Martinez, and Christy Fox, Austin, Texas. His nieces are Emerson and Lydia, and it was just this past week that Emerson saw a man who resembled Matt, and said, “He looks just like Uncle Matt!” He now has met in heaven his older brother, David, who was born in 1974 and passed away in 1976. Erica Fox married Matt last September, and she misses him.

Matt loved his dogs Tia and Charlie. They were his buddies, and they offered him comfort and love. He was an Eagle Scout, attended Philmont Scout Ranch, and he was a 1998 graduate of Mahomet-Seymour High School. Matt worked in the area, and one job he always enjoyed was working as a tech with the Gibson City ambulance service. He most recently worked with Schnucks in Bloomington as a team leader. Matt loved the Chicago Cubs, just like his family.

A private burial will be Wednesday at Riverside Cemetery, Mahomet. Friends are welcome to join the family at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Grace Church, 800 W. Oak, Mahomet, for a service celebrating his life.

“Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.” Dumbledore

Condolences may be offered at www.owensfuneralhomes.com.

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