Matthew Robert Sanden, 29, the eldest son of Nick and Colleen Sanden of Idyllwild, went home to his Heavenly Father Friday, April 11, 2008.

He died unexpectedly from pneumonia and leukemia.

Matt was born Jan. 24, 1979, and raised in Idyllwild. He graduated from Hemet High School in 1997.

Matt was the proud owner of Sanden Environmental. He was an active outdoorsman who enjoyed hiking, backpacking, snowboarding, flying helicopters, and playing golf and soccer.

Matt said that he felt closest to God when he was outdoors in His creation. That is where he spent his alone time with God.

He was a student at the San Diego Golf Academy, and was planning to graduate in August.

He is loved by many, including his best friend and brother, Michael Sanden.

His family rejoices in his life and the time they shared with him. Matt had a very strong faith and relationship with his savior, Jesus Christ.

The memorial service will be held at his home church, Idyllwild Bible Church, at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 19.

In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to Hume Lake Christian Camps, which held a special place in Matt’s heart. Your gifts may be directed to Idyllwild Bible Church, which is acting as the receiving agency for the gifts.