Matthew (Matt) Barnes

Brookside Funeral Home & Crematory

Matthew (Matt) Barnes passed away peacefully at Cottage in the Meadow on May 23, 2019 surrounded by his family. Matt was born on September 20, 1983 to John and Rhonda (Ryan) Barnes. He attended school in East Valley, at Marquette and LaSalle. He had a dirt bike accident in 1999 that broke his back and put him in a wheelchair.

Matt graduated from East Valley High School. During high school he participated in Wheelchair Cross Country. He was very proud that his name is in the East Valley Gym under the Cross Country Banner for participating and placing in the State Cross Country Event.

Due to the circumstances of his accident, Matt touched a lot of people with his tenacity and “can do” attitude. In spite of his injury, this did not stop him from enjoying a sport he loved. Matt just went from 2 wheels to 4 wheels. He loved riding his quad.

Matt had numerous jobs after high school, most recently at Best Buy where he had to quit due to health issues.

Matt leaves behind his parents, his brother and sister in law, Craig and Destiny Barnes, two nieces, Luca and Gus, grandparents, Harold and Shirley Barnes, uncle, Randy, and aunt, Candy Barnes, aunt, Debbie Leonard Barnes (Gary Sali), and numerous cousins who he thought of as his brothers and sisters, Randy Ryan, Rick Ryan and Roni Simpson. He is also survived by Cassie Barnes of Hawaii and Alec and Brionna Powell who he loved dearly.

The Barnes family would like to extend our thank you to everyone; family, friends, business associates, etc. who had taken Matt under their wings and provided support and love to him.

A Celebration of Life will be on Friday, May 31, 2019 at 3:00 pm at Yakima New Hope Community Church, Terrace Heights. East on Rosa Hill (toward the dump). Turn left on Hillcrest. The church is on the right.

If you feel called to, please wear your work boots. Matt ended all his texts with the signature, “Workboot.” He loved boots and wore them all the time, thus the nickname his friends gave him.

In lieu of flowers, please consider memorials to Cottage in the Meadow or Seattle Children’s Hospital and sent in care of Brookside Funeral Home (PO Box 1267, Moxee, WA 98936) who is caring for the family. Online condolences may be left for the family at