In Memory

Matt Delgadillo

Matt Delgadillo

Matthew (Mateo) Delgadillo

August 24, 1955-September 3, 2013

Resident of Aptos

Matt passed away on September 3, 2013 of a heart attack while hiking in the woods of Aptos. He was a lover of life, earth and sea and all of its offerings. An avid outdoorsman, he loved fishing, surfing, swimming and sports of all kinds. Matt excelled at every sport he tried. Scouted by baseball leagues in high school he decided to surf exotic places around the world instead. He swam with the masters in the early mornings before work. Matt competed in a seven mile open ocean competition and placed in his division. He enjoyed fly fishing and ocean fishing. He loved water skiing and snow skiing, tennis, golf, hiking and all sports. In his younger years he participated in Wharf to Wharf races and would often run with friends from Capitola to Moss Landing along the beach. Matt was a talented musician and artist, with a keen eye for all things beautiful. Matt's artistic talents on canvas lead to a successful career as a tile and granite contractor. His unique works in homes, estates and local businesses will continue to be a legacy to his talent. Matt's wandering nature and thirst for adventure took him too many beautiful places around the world. Matt was a true renaissance man with a bohemian nature and was known by many and loved by all. He was taken from us too soon and his presence with us on earth will always be remembered. Matt's last words before he left us were "this is beautiful".

Matt is survived by his wife Krista Wright Delgadillo of Aptos; daughter, Anna Nicole Delgadillo of Aptos; sisters, Carrie Merzbacher of San Diego and Marcie Burgett of Boise, ID; brother, Frederick Delgadillo, Jr. of San Francisco; step- mother, Diane Delgadillo of Boise, ID; step-father, James Van Deusen, Sr. of Turlock; step-brothers, Gregory Van Deusen of Soquel, James Van Deusen, Jr. of Reno, NV and Bradley Van Deusen of Houston, TX. His family will ensure his memory lives on. He was preceded in death by his mother, Sylvia Ann Van Deusen and his father, Frederick Delgadillo.