Obituary: Matthew Lloyd Smith, June 6, 1981, to Dec. 28, 2017
Matthew Lloyd Smith, born June 6, 1981, in Aspen, passed due to an auto accident on Dec. 28, 2017. He grew up on McCabe Ranch in Snowmass, where he learned about ranching and polo. Matt was a dedicated rancher throughout his life.
Matthew graduated from Basalt High School in 1999, and then attended Northeastern Junior College and earned an associate’s degree in production agriculture in 2001. He was also a welder, certified in structural steel. He was very proud of the work he did in Alaska in 2003 and 2005 as an AT&T Alascom installer and tower climber, he completed the work enjoying the challenges.
In 2004, Matt attended the Colorado State University Farrier School, where he met his beloved wife, Lyndsay Jo. They married on Sept. 2, 2006, and they continued ranching as a couple. He also enjoyed his leatherwork, rawhide braiding, ranch ropings and was very proud of his bridle horses.
He is survived by his wife, Lyndsay Jo (Hackman); his parents, Donald and Lynette Smith; grandmother Carolyn Foley; brother Andrew (Katie); a niece and two nephews.
A memorial service will be held at the Garfield County Fairgrounds on Friday, Jan. 5, at high noon, followed by a gathering at Wing Nutz Bar and Grill. The family is requesting donations be mailed to the Matt Smith Donation Account at the First Bank of Avon, P.O. Box 5270, Avon, CO 81620, in lieu of food and/or flowers.
Where life, love and legacy keep flowing: Friends, family say goodbye to legacy rancher Ben Wurtsmith
At least five generations have lived and worked on the Wurtsmith ranch in northwest Eagle County. Dozens of people gathered in Burns to say goodbye to legacy rancher Ben Wurtsmith.