Our beloved son, father, brother, uncle and friend, Matt Harrison Austin, returned home to his Heavenly Father on December 11, 2009 in Summit, Utah. He was born on July 28, 1968 to J. Rodger and Lydia Harrison Austin in Cedar City, Utah.Matt was active both as a boy and later as a man. He participated in a wide variety of sports, including baseball, football and wrestling. At Parowan high school, he lettered in both football and wrestling, was on the all-star team for baseball, and was later able to pass on his love of sports and athletics to his two sons. Matt excelled in everything he did, and was an honor student at his alma mater, Parowan High School and later graduated from Southern Utah University in 1998 with a major in history and a political science minor, where he was on the Deans list.Matt touched the lives of every single person he encountered. He was quick to see the good in others and to demonstrate a real and genuine Christlike love for his fellow man, winning countless friends along his way in life.Matt had a true and faithful testimony of the Gospel and of our Saviors love. He served an honorable mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints to Sapporo, Japan and took pride in the opportunity to share the message of truth and love to the Japanese people and all whom he met.After returning from Japan, Matt moved to Hawaii, working in the tourist and travel industry for five years. While Matt was always a loyal son of Southern Utah and loved Summit, Cedar and the surrounding areas, he developed a special enjoyment of the beaches and his "island" life. Matt married the love of his life, Shannon Endrody, in Hawaii and together they were blessed with two wonderful sons, Garrett and Brennon. Matt loved to take the boys fishing, hiking, four-wheeling and spend many good times outdoors instilling his love for all Gods creations with them and he and Shannon remain the boys biggest fans in anything they do. Matt loved to help his boys succeed as he had in life, directing them on the proper techniques in sports and how to obtain their goals in life. We are certain, his influence and spirit will live on in his two sons and their posterity.While letting Matt go is not easy, we are comforted knowing a joyous reunion is taking place as Matt is reunited and preceded in death by his infant daughter, Sierra Marie, who he loved so much and missed each and every day he was separated from her. Also his grandparents Raual Emery and Esther Austin and Albert N. And Iva Pace Harrison. His last words in this life were typically Matt " expressing his love for Shannon, his boys and his parents. He will be greatly missed.Matt is survived by Shannon, sons Garrett and Brennon, his parents, J. Rodger and Lydia Harrison Austin of Summit, Utah, his brothers Bret Rodger Austin of St. George, Utah and Kyle Ray (Paige) Austin of Kanarraville, Utah. Also his sisters Yvette (Dan) Oswald of Preston, Idaho and Christie Austin of Okcanogan, Washington.Funeral services will be held Wednesday, December 23, 2009 at 11:00 a.m. at the Summit LDS Ward Chapel in Summit, Utah. A viewing will be held on Wednesday, December 23, 2009 from 9:00-10:30 a.m. at the Summit LDS Ward Church. Interment will be in the Summit Cemetery under the direction of Southern Utah Mortuary. In lieu of flowers donations can be madeto Summit Cemeteryunder Matt Austins name.