Mathew Laraway Kemp

of Burley, Idaho
Born: April 20, 1964 in Salt Lake City, Utah
Died: November 10, 2012 in Burley, Idaho
Age: 48 years old

Burley, Idaho – Mathew Laraway Kemp, age 48, quietly passed away at home on Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012.

He was born on April 20, 1964, in Salt Lake City, Utah, to Samuel Clyde and S. Jane Laraway Kemp. Matt graduated from Davis High School, Weber State College, Florida State University, Florida A & M University, and Tallahassee Community College. He earned two bachelor’s and a master’s degree in history, athletic administration and physical therapy. He was a certified athletic trainer and licensed emergency medical technician.

Matt served a full-time mission to Copenhagen, Denmark from 1983-1984 for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He met his wife, Christine Melissa Reams, in Aarhus, Denmark as she was also serving as a full-time missionary. They were married in the Salt Lake LDS Temple on June 18, 1987, by their former mission president, Ronald K. Jensen. Together, Matt and Chris have four beautiful boys, Samuel Mathew, Spencer Adam, Peter Laraway, and Ethan James. Matt was a devoted husband and father.

One month after Matt and Chris were married, he landed his first athletic training job in Tallahassee, Florida, at Amos P. Godby High School. He worked with all their sports teams for many wonderful years until he began physical therapy school at Florida A & M University. He loved working with all the athletes, but he especially loved the football and basketball teams, and working with all the wonderful coaches.

Upon graduating from physical therapy school, Matt landed a job at Cassia Regional Medical Center in Burley, Idaho, in 1995. He was very devoted to his physical therapy patients and his co-workers whom he considered some of his dearest friends. He enjoyed his time there tremendously! He volunteered as the athletic trainer for Burley High School and the local area high schools. Athletic training was his passion. He also worked with the Cassia County Emergency Medical Services and was usually on call with Life Run II on his days off from physical therapy.

Matt was a strong, active member of the LDS Church and served mostly in the Young Men organization as president two times, 1st counselor three times, and 2nd counselor/Scoutmaster two times, and as ward membership clerk, which he also loved. He loved those he worked with, especially the young men. Matt loved helping youth succeed.

Matt was preceded in death by his father, Samuel Clyde Kemp; and is survived by his mother, S. Jane Laraway Kemp; his wife, Christine R. Kemp; his children, Samuel, Spencer, Peter, and Ethan; his sister, Jane Ann Peters (Lincoln) of Bluffdale, Utah; his brothers, David L. Kemp (Martha) of Twin Falls, Idaho, and Michael L. Kemp (Sophie) of Moab, Utah; and many, many extended family members.

The funeral will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16, at the Burley LDS 3rd and 7th Ward Church, 2200 Oakley Ave., in Burley, with Bishop David Hansen officiating. Burial will be at 1 p.m. Monday, Nov. 19, at the Kaysville City Cemetery, 500 E. Crestwood Rd., in Kaysville, Utah.

Friends may call from 6 until 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15, at the Rasmussen Funeral Home, 1350 E. 16th St., in Burley, and from noon until 12:45 p.m. Friday at the church.

Matt’s family would like to thank the Cassia County EMT’s, Bishop David and Alice Hansen, George and Jacque Gorton, and Jeff Rasmussen for their strength and loving support on the night of November 10th. We will forever love them and be grateful for them!

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Robert Steed said on Monday, May 4 at 11:54 AM

Matthew, I stopped by your final resting place last week and thinking of you brought me so many memories. Your goodness still radiates among those who love you.

Susan Hilton Johnston said on Saturday, Nov 17 at 2:32 PM

I grew up across the street from Matthew. I was incredulous to hear of his passing. I am so sorry. I am grateful that we know about the Lord's plan. In spite of the loss and the void that Matthew left, it is a temporary separation. God bless you!

Spencer DeGraw said on Thursday, Nov 15 at 2:55 PM

Fun memories with Matt from Davis High School class of '82. He was a great Athletic Trainer even back then. He was destined to take care of people. What a great man! We will miss you, Matt!

Kay winn said on Wednesday, Nov 14 at 10:51 PM

You brought me through a lot of pain and encouraged me when I didn't want to bend my made me do it.....You were always professional, kind and I will miss you... The Boy Scouts will miss you too. Prayers and love to your family..

Hernandez family said on Wednesday, Nov 14 at 10:33 PM

Brother Kemp was our home teacher. He was so faithful in his calling. It was so aparent he loved The Lord and his family. We are grateful for his service. We pray his family will be blessed as he blessed ours. Juan & Amanda Hernandez

Shelton Crews said on Tuesday, Nov 13 at 2:47 PM

I worked at Godby High School with Matt. He will be missed and our thoughts and prayers are with the family through this time.

Art Witters said on Tuesday, Nov 13 at 2:22 PM

Matthew Kemp was a great man, one of the best men I have known in a long life. He worked as my trainer at Godby High School and was loved and respected by everyone he came in contact. I love you Matt, we will all miss you.

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