Matthew Eugene Nelms was born February 17, 1983 to Eugene and Cheri Nelms in Las Cruces, NM. He passed away, August 8, 2017 at the Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center while working for Flowers Foods in Winston-Salem, NC. Visitation was Friday, August 18, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Kinsley Mortuary in Marysville. A graveside funeral service was held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, August 19, at the Fairview Cemetery, one mile south and 1/2 mile east of Home, KS. Matt moved with his family from New Mexico to Los Angles when he was four. There he started playing T-Ball and love deep sea fishing. A move to Edmonton, Alberta, Canada with his Dad came next. While living in Canada, Matt joined Scouts Canada and enjoyed lake fishing and ice fishing, also snowmobiling, cross country skiing, tobogganing, playing little league, and playing ice hockey. He next moved with his Dad to San Diego, CA where Matt graduated from Scripps High School in 2001. He then moved to Texas where he attended Lincoln Tech Automotive School in Arlington, TX. Matt graduated in 2004 as an ASC Certified Master Mechanic. He then moved back to San Diego to work for NAPA Auto Parts and eventually worked for an auto garage in Poway, CA. In San Diego, Matt especially enjoyed camping and four-wheeling in the Anza Borrego Desert with his friends and his dog, Sam. When his Dad moved to Manhattan, KS, Matt soon followed and enrolled at Kansas State University, majoring in Baking Science while working at the local NAPA Auto Parts store. He always loved cars but baking was his specialty. He was also a gourmet cook. Matt was working at Flowers Foods in Newton, NC as an intern training in all aspects of bread production and distribution. He was scheduled to work again as an intern next summer in Maine for Flowers Foods who had already offered him a job when he graduated in May 2018. Matt will be awarded his college degree posthumously by Kansas State University later this year He will be terribly missed by his dad, Eugene; his aunt and uncle, Sheryl and Danny Pennington; cousins, Julie Hartmann, Ben Baker and David Baker, and their children; as well as all his friends, he met throughout the U.S. and Canada. Matt always tried his best, made excellent grades, and was living his dream. He made a difference in every person he ever met. He loved his family and cherished his friends. In lieu of flowers, please send donations through Kansas State University to the Baking Science Department in memory of Matthew E. Nelms.
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