Matthew Charles Van Eaton

Matthew Charles Van Eaton, 30, went to heaven early Sunday morning, Aug. 10. Matthew had an intense appreciation and passion for living life to the fullest. Never one to shy away from a new challenge or adventure, he was a true outdoorsman, craftsman and best friend to many. He was never without the love of his life Jane Soneson by his side and his Australian Shepherd Rowen. Matt never met a stranger and his generosity was endless. He was a graduate of Western State Colorado University in Gunnison, and an accomplished Landman at Merit Energy in Dallas, Texas. He left behind countless friends and colleagues whose lives he affected in ways that will never be forgotten. The celebration of Matt’s life was held Wednesday Aug. 13, at Munger Place Church in Dallas, and was followed by a reception. He was preceded in death by his father Billy Dunlap Van Eaton, of Ardmore, Okla.; and his paternal grandparents Charles Winfield Van Eaton and Elyse Van Eaton. Mattis survived by his mother Mary Van Eaton and his stepmother Judy Van Eaton. Survivors include Matt’s grandparents Bernard and Joanne Knowles, as well as his aunts, uncles, and cousins: Kathy Knowles Palazzi, Nora Knowles, Patricia Knowles Rebsch, Megan Thornton, Katherine Dalby, James Palazzi, Katrina Britton, and Katelin Day Ron and Ann Crosby, Justin and Lauren Battles, William and Jennifer Crosby, David and Amy Martens, Charlie Crosby, Charlie Van Eaton, John David Van Eaton, Billy Tyler and Caroline Van Eaton, Eddie and Ellen Gillespie, Joe and Emily Gillespie, and Taylor Gillespie. To honor Matt’s love of life, donations may be made to the Matthew Van Eaton Memorial Fund a t the Community Foundation of the Gunnison Valley at or mailed to PO Box 7057, Gunnison, CO 81230.

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