Richard Matthew Frisby

January 16, 1985 ~ November 4, 2020 (age 35)


Matt was born in Idaho Falls, Idaho on January 16, 1985, to Richard D. and Patricia (Patty) J. (Calhoun) Frisby. He joined the family as a little brother to his sisters, Mandy and Erin.

Shortly after Matt was born, the family suddenly lost their wife and mother to illness. Richard’s career took the family to Meridian, Idaho. Patty’s parents, Richard “Walt” and Polly Calhoun also moved to Boise to be close to their young grandchildren.

Matt spent his childhood growing up in Meridian and excelled at many things.

At a very young age, Matt gained a love for the sport of golf. He grew up near the golf course, worked at the course after school and golfed with his gramps, Walt whenever he had a chance. He earned many golf awards during his high school career and took pride in assisting young golfers succeed in the sport. He graduated from Meridian High School in 2003 and earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Hydrology/Geology from the University of Idaho in 2008.

After college, Matt made his home in Minneapolis, Minnesota for several years before returning to Idaho. During his time there, he devoted himself to helping others through the AmeriCorp program. He taught secondary language skills to incarcerated individuals. Matt embraced city life and its culture. He enjoyed traveling to surrounding states with friends exploring the midwest. He served on several political campaigns and trained/ran the Twin Cities Minneapolis-St. Paul marathon. He’d been known to jump on his bicycle and ride 40 miles one way just to have dinner with a friend.

Matt had a love of travel. He enjoyed traveling the world and experiencing the diversity of each individual culture and their people. In working toward his degree, he attended a geology field camp in Turkey. This led Matt and his buddies to explore Hungary, Slovakia, Serbia, Bosnia and Croatia. This trip sparked his lifelong love of travel. He visited Iceland, Italy, Japan, Cambodia, Thailand and many other beautiful countries.

He had a voracious appetite for learning and knowledge. Matt was an avid reader and a gifted writer.

Matt loved working and creating with his hands. He enjoyed woodworking alongside his dad in the garage. From building a simple birdhouse to constructing elaborate garden structures and landscaping projects, Matt engineered and built each one with meticulous care.

He loved the great outdoors. Whether whitewater rafting, fishing, hiking or camping--the mountains, rivers, lakes and deserts were places of great peace and solitude for Matt’s soul. Many unforgettable, wonderful memories were made around a campfire on many camping trips with Matt.

Matt loved all his family dearly. He had a very special bond with his grandpa, Walt. They spent many a golf game together, happy times perfecting a gourmet dish in the kitchen or debating world politics.

He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.

He is survived by his father and step mother, Richard and Debbie Frisby, his sisters/spouses, Mandy Frisby and Mike Scott, Erin and Justin Horn and a brother, Noah Andrews Frisby. His niece and nephew, Rylee and Hayden Graybill and his many uncles, aunts, cousins and step siblings.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Patty and his maternal grandparents, Walt & Polly Calhoun and his paternal grandparents, Don and Vada Frisby.

No formal services will be held. At Matt’s request, he will be laid to rest alongside his mother and paternal grandparents at Fielding Memorial Cemetery in Idaho Falls, Idaho.

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