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Posted on Feb 1, 2021
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Matthew William Henry 1958 - 2021

Matthew William Henry 62, of Wallace, Ca passed away on January 21, 2021 he was born July 27, 1958 in Livermore Ca. and was the youngest son of Thomas & Winifred Henry.
He survived by his companion Debbie Costa, daughter Chyann Henry, son Trenton Henry, grandson Shank Forzano, father Thomas Henry, sister Denise Gouvaia, brother Thomas Henry Jr., Son in law Cord Forzano, brother-in-law Mark Gouvaia, and many other extended family and friends.


At a young age Matthew would Rope anything that would move. Including his brother and sister. He showed sheep and steers in the Livermore 4H and FFA, graduated from Livermore High School.  Was a member of operating engineers local 3 for 30+ years. He was the California Cowboys Professional Rodeo Association bareback riding rookie of the year in 1984, many years later a annual member of American Cowboys Team Roping Association and World Series of Team roping. Win or loose Matthew enjoy all the aspects of roping from the hours in the practice pen to the time spent in the truck traveling to wherever the next roping may be located, followed by dining out afterwards with his family.

He was currently a loyal heavy equipment operator for Lehigh Hanson Aggregates, Clayton Ca.  looking forward to retirement in the coming years. Matthew was a hard working man that believe in the lord may we have peace knowing he is in heaven riding a good heel horse roping every steer on the switch. Matthew always had the confidence to make conversation with anyone anywhere. We will always admire that about him and miss him dearly.


From words of one of his favorite song “The last goodbyes’s the hardest one to say... This is where the cowboy rides away”......
Let’s rope, The Matthew Henry Memorial Team Roping will be held in central CA 2021

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