Matthew Braafhart

Matthew William Braafhart

Friday, October 17th, 1980 - Tuesday, May 26th, 2020
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Matthew William Braafhart, 39, of Greeley, CO passed away unexpectedly May 26, 2020. He was born in Greeley to William and Frances Braafhart on October 17, 1980.

The family lived in Grand Lake, Colorado, South Carolina and Southern California before returning to Colorado. Matthew graduated from Greeley Central High School in 1999 and received his first bachelors degree in Sociology, with a minor in Criminal Justice from the University of Northern Colorado (UNC).

Matthew lived in the state of Washington before he moved back to Colorado and enlisted in the US Army where he became a Special Forces Army Ranger. He served from August 12, 2009 to July 20, 2011. He was currently attending UNC to receive his second bachelor degree in Sport and Exercise Science.

He loved the Denver Broncos, motocross, music and movies.

Matthew was baptized and confirmed at Our Lady of Peace Church in Greeley.
Survivors include his parents, Bill and Frances Braafhart; brother, Andrew Braafhart; daughter, Natalie Autumn and her mother, Lacey Kauffman; grandparents, Lucio and Dominga Morado as well as numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Nathan; grandparents, Ben and Ruth Braafhart, and his uncles, Guadalupe Morado, Donald and Jim Braafhart and aunt, Barbara Lineberry.

A visitation will be held from 1-4 p.m. Friday, June 5 at Adamson Life Celebration Home. The family asks that wearing masks and social distancing be observed.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Peter Catholic Church on Monday June 8 preceded by a Recitation of the Rosary. Interment Sunset Memorial Gardens. Friends may leave condolences at
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  • Visitation

    Friday, June 5th, 2020 | 1:00pm - 4:00pm
    Friday, June 5th, 2020 1:00pm - 4:00pm
    Adamson Celebration Center
    2000 47th Avenue
    Greeley, Colorado 80634
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  • Interment

    Monday, June 8th, 2020 |
    Monday, June 8th, 2020
    Sunset Memorial Gardens
    3400 28th Street
    GREELEY, CO 80634
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Vickki Klingman

Posted at 04:47pm
Frances and Family, I am so sorry to hear of your son, Matthew's, passing. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Vickki Klingman

Terri and Dave Long

Posted at 01:58am
Our dear dear friends,
There are no words to truly tell you how we feel for your loss. Our thoughts and prays are with you and your family. May your memory’s bring a smile and comfort to you.
Thank you for the memories that have started so many years ago.
God bless, we love you
Terri & Dave Long

M Moado

Posted at 02:53pm
Matt, your light will forever shine. May you find peace in the heavens. Look down upon us all and share your wisdom. We will forever live our lives passionately as you did. May you rest easy, Miss you so deeply. I love you!!

Agapita Rodriguez

Posted at 11:48am
I am so sorry for your loss. My heart aches for you and your family. Matthew's memory will live on in your heart forever. May you find comfort and peace in time. Please know I am just a phone call away if you need anything or if there is anything I can do for you. Love you, a friend always, Agapita.

Melissa Colaric

Posted at 04:20pm
Still trying to process this, as I'm sure all of us are . . . but I do love the flood of memories that come with the processing. Oh my dear cousin, I don't have very many memories with you that don't end with us getting in trouble. I've laughed a lot thinking about you and all of our times together. There was a long period of time that we were more like siblings than cousins. During that time, we had some bad ideas (like swimming in the fountain in Old Town Scottsdale), frequent fights (like was who was going to be lead singer of our lip syncing band), and encouragements of bad behavior (like getting Nathan to say bad words). We pushed the limits of fun and I'm forever grateful for the lessons we learned as kids together. I love you, Mashoe!

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