Matthew William Hesse

Matt Hesse 1963-2017

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Matt Hesse left us too soon on the morning of Oct. 31, 2017, after a long decline in health. He was 54.

He was a native of St. Paul, Minnesota, born July 9, 1963. As a boy, his favorite job was his paper route, getting up in the quiet dark hours of morning, with happy memories of walking through the “blue snow” under the light of the Minnesota winter moon, delivering papers. Ironically, his last job was delivering the Winters Express.

In between, he had a 25-year career at FedEx-Kinkos, where he was a master at reprographic technology, among other jobs.

He graduated cum laude from Mankato State University in 1987. He enjoyed gaming with friends (and created many fantasy/sci-fi games himself), socializing at the neighborhood pub, and hanging out at family and friends cabins “at the lake” in northern Minnesota. His musical tastes were in the vein of classic rock n’ roll and metal bands of the ‘80s. He survived the head-banging mosh pits of his youth.

In 1999, he emigrated to California, settling in Davis for a few years where he made good friends at Kinko’s, and later purchasing a home in Winters. He became involved in the Winters Friends of the Library and was a member of a two-time champion Trivia team “Wintun Warriors” with his good friend Matt Archibeque and others. Matt had a quirky sense of humor and an arcane knowledge of many things. He could do long division in his head.

Matt loved animals, and leaves behind his beloved 13-year-old dog, Belza. He had many pets who predeceased him, including felines Sid (Vicious), Shadow, J.P. and Nibbs, and childhood dog Penny.

Matt was above all a kind, courteous and generous man, loved and missed by many.

He is survived by his sister Jackie, brother Robert (Bomber) and father Bernie Hesse of Minnesota, and large extended family. His beloved mother, Kathy, left this world just a few weeks before Matt joined her in the mysterious hereafter.

Matt never had children but enjoyed being “crazy Uncle Matt” to both blood and honorary nieces and nephews, and stepfather to honorary daughters from an earlier long-term relationship.

Matt’s ashes will be returned to family in Minnesota, and there will be a private remembrance ceremony along Putah Creek where he used to walk Belza. In his memory, feel free to donate to the SPCA or other charity, but above all, extend kindness to others.

Matt, may your soul be at peace. You will be missed. Until we meet again! Bye now.


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