Matthew Charles Van Eaton, 30, went to heaven early Sunday morning, Aug. 10, 2014. 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 outdoors man, craftsman and best friend to many. He was never without his Australian Shepherd, Rowen, and the love of his life, Jane Soneson, by his side. Matt never met a stranger, and his generosity was endless. He was a graduate of Western State University in Gunnison, Colo., and an accomplished landman at Merit Energy in Dallas. He left behind countless friends and colleagues whose lives he affected in ways that will never be forgotten.

The service and celebration of Matthew’s life will be 2 p.m. today at Munger Place Church in Dallas.

He was preceded in death by his father, Billy Dunlap Van Eaton; and his paternal grandparents, Charles Winfield Van Eaton and Elsye Ve Van Eaton.

He is survived by his mother, Mary Van Eaton; and stepmother, Judy Van Eaton. Survivors include the following aunts, uncles and cousins: Ron and Ann Crosby; Justin, Lauren, Caroline and Charlie Battles; William, Jennifer and Grace 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, Emily, Patrick and Elsie Gillespie; and Taylor Gillespie.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Matthew Van Eaton Memorial Fund at the Community Foundation of the Gunnison Valley, Eaton.

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