MATHEW GREGORY FAZZARI
December 1, 1986 - June 6, 2012
In life, Mathew Gregory Fazzari lived with a pure, honorable, and faith filled passion. On Wednesday, June 6, 2012, Mathew met his Lord in the same way. Mathew was born December 1, 1986 to Greg Fazzari and Susan Mock Fazzari in Walla Walla. He is the eldest of four children. Mathew attended Assumption Elementary School and graduated from DeSales Catholic High School in 2005. Mathew kept active participating in 4-H, Cub Scouts, basketball, baseball, drama, the school band, a local band, and as a volunteer in community events. He attended Gonzaga University,
was an avid Zag fan, and played as a percussionist in the University Symphony. He eventually joined the nationally recognized ROTC program his sophomore year. Mathew competed in Ranger Challenge Competitions in both his third year and fourth year, where he was the captain of the Gonzaga Black Team that won the Task Force Big Sky championship. He commissioned as an Army 2nd lieutenant in May 2010 and graduated
with honors with a degree in Mathematics and minors in Philosophy and Music. He was a Distinguished Military Graduate finishing in the top 5% of 4,800 Cadets in the Nation and was honored with the 1st Lieutenant Forrest P. Ewens Servant Leadership Award for his character, actions, and commitment to ideals and people.
In Mathew's junior year of high school, he met the love of his life, Tovah Kingman on a blind date. They wed on August 2, 2008. The couple made their home in Spokane, WA, while they finished their last years of college. On July 11, 2009, the couple became a family with the arrival of Dominic James. Mathew finished off his degree while Tovah finished nursing school. He then began his active duty, branching in aviation. The family moved to Ft. Rucker, Alabama where Mathew attended flight school where he flew OH-58D Kiowa helicopters. August 31, 2011 the family grew with the welcoming of Samuel Roch. In March of 2012, Mathew accepted an early deployment. He graduated from flight school in April, number one in his class, and was promoted as an Army 1st lieutenant. May 11th, he began his time in Afghanistan, serving out of Bagram Airfield.
To those who knew Mathew, he dealt with the common struggles and doubts that plague us all. But, he was not afraid of the ultimate questions in life which committed him to his faith. This commitment to his faith continued into his marriage and his vocation. His high school senior quote "I'd rather die than follow mediocrity" was a youthful testament to his passion.
Mathew is preceded in death by his grandfather Sam Fazzari.
He is survived by his wife Tovah, their sons, Dominic and Samuel, his parents Greg and Susan, his siblings Danielle, Luke, and Shawn, grandmother Marie Fazzari of Walla Walla, grandparents Dean and Arla Mock of Richland, great-grandmother Evelyn Mock of Spokane, fourteen uncles and aunts, and twenty-five cousins.
The Rosary will be held on Thursday, June 21, 2012 at 7:00 PM at Assumption Catholic Church with Father James Peak officiating.
The Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Friday, June 22, 2012 at 11:00 AM also at Assumption Catholic Church with Father James Peak, celebrant. Interment will follow at Mountain View Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Mathew Fazzari Memorial Fund through the Herring Groseclose Funeral Home, 315 W. Alder, Walla Walla, WA. Family friends are invited to sign the online guestbook at www.herringgroseclose.com.
The following is Mathew's favorite quote by General Douglas MacArthur..."By profession I am a soldier and take pride in that fact. But I am prouder - infinitely prouder - to be a father.
A soldier destroys in order to build; the father only builds, never destroys. The one has the potentiality of death; the other embodies creation and life. And while the hordes of death are mighty, the battalions of life are mightier still. It is my hope that my son, when I am gone, will remember me not from the battle field but in the home repeating with him our simple daily prayer, ‘Our Father Who Art in Heaven.'"