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Mathew Kropp - March 08, 2011

Mathew Thomas Kropp, 33, of Holyoke, was born Sept. 30, 1977 to Thomas Kropp and Wanda (Kropp) Hassler in Holyoke. He died and was welcomed into the arms of the Lord on March 8, 2011 in Westminster while visiting friends.

Mathew, who was affectionately known to most as “Mat,” was the eldest of three children. Mat was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith at Zion Lutheran Church in Holyoke by Pastor Gary Rahe.

As a child, Mat had a great love of the outdoors and enjoyed any activity that allowed him to be with others and close to nature. Mat was the ever-vigilant and protective older brother to his siblings, Mark and Kristi, and he continued to play that role throughout his life.

Mat received his education from the Holyoke school system, graduating from Holyoke High School in 1997. In his school years, Mat developed a passion for music by playing the saxophone and piano. Mat had natural appreciation for reading and literature, and his love of books continued to grow for the remainder of his life.

After high school, Mat spent four years at Colorado State University, where he studied psychology and microbiology. Mathew had an insatiable thirst for knowledge and a great interest in science; he always felt his calling and purpose lay in the medical field.

During his years in high school and college, he held several positions at local hospitals and worked as much as possible to gain firsthand experience, earning him the nickname “Doogie Howser.”

Mat found joy in numerous activities including golf, computers, talking about politics and current events and was always ready for a good-spirited debate!

Mat enjoyed people and found great pleasure in working with others, no matter if it was in the time he spent in the sales field while working for Colorado Baggage or in medical settings pursuing his love of health and human services. He had a great capacity for compassion and was often known to help others in need. Mat was a true “people person” in every sense.

Mathew’s family and friends and the time he spent with them were among some of his most valued and cherished experiences. He loved the times spent out at the lake boating, having conversations and enjoying the water.

Mat always had a fondness for the city life and all it had to offer, and he spent a great deal of time visiting and living in the Denver Metro area, where he made many lifelong friends. Mat’s nephews and nieces were a great source of pride and entertainment; he never wasted an opportunity to share his love of learning and education with them.

Mathew was preceded in death by his grandfathers, Daryl Kropp and Harry Hassler; and a grandmother, Geneva Hassler.

Mathew is survived by his mothers, Wanda Hassler and Lucy Kropp; fathers, Thomas Kropp and Hank Hassler; brother, Mark Kropp and wife Gretchen; sister, Kristi Colglazier and husband Andrew; step-sister, Morgan Peterson; nephews, Reece and Keegan; nieces, Anessa, Payton, Lawren and Kaitlyn; grandparents, Pat and Sylvia Stockton and Rita Kropp; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

The memorial service was held March 14 at Zion Lutheran Church in Holyoke, with Pastor Gary Rahe officiating. Inurnment followed at Holyoke Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be given to the Mathew Kropp Family Account, 725 S. Baxter Ave., Holyoke, CO 80734.

Gerk Funeral Home was entrusted with the arrangements.