In 26 years Matt Hearn left a mark that can be described as nothing short of epic. He was a loving son to Bill and Annette, proud brother of Sarah, loyal friend, reliable coworker, and hard working teammate.
Matt had a passion for life and did things at full speed. In his youth, he was the spark-plug for his family and friends and had an uncanny ability to put a smile on someone's face when they were feeling down. He took the time to get to know people and would go out of his way to learn about their interests and connect with them. His energy was infectious to those around him and he always kept things light.
Matt was an asset to any team in a work setting. His former supervisors at Aloha Tournaments will tell you that he helped create a strong company culture and brought a positive attitude no matter how he was feeling that day. After graduating from Westminster College in 2013 he was hired by KUTV in Salt Lake City and won the Sales Executive of the Year award two years in a row, a testament to his relentless work ethic and creativity.
A tribute to Matt would not be complete with out mentioning Lacrosse. It was in his blood. On the field, he was a force to be reckoned with. Simply put, he played hard and exemplified sportsmanship. Off the field, he was the heart and soul of the locker room and the designated "stick doctor.” But Matt wasn’t just a participant in the game that he loved; he was a true leader and a winner, having played in the most important games at every level. He was an integral part of a Maryland 4A State Championship winning team at Dulaney High School and went on to play in the Community College National Championship at Essex. At Westminster, he captained a team that competed for an MCLA National Championship. Matt still holds many Griffins’ records: he ranks 10th for all-time points per game (2.46); 10th in goals per game (1.85); and is tied for 4th for game winning goals (4). All of which he accomplished in just two seasons.
Matt inherited his father’s knack for coaching the fastest game on two feet and passed on his love of the game to so many others. His success continued after his playing days; this past spring, he was named the Utah High School Lacrosse League’s Assistant Coach of the Year. He was truly gifted.
Matt had an affinity for the outdoors and a thirst for adventure. He stayed in Utah after graduation to be able to explore the back country, snowboard, and climb mountains. He was pursuing and living his dreams. He met the girl of those dreams, Caitlin, and loved her dearly. They were on their way to building a beautiful life together, full of love and adventure. Matt left an impression on everything and everyone that he touched and his legacy will live on through the people that he affected along the way.
Matt’s dedication to sharing his love and knowledge of lacrosse with others is why the Hearn family has decided to designate gifts from this Memorial Fund to US Lacrosse’s Coaching/Officials Education programming. Thank you for supporting Matt’s legacy with your generous gift.
You can also honor Matt’s memory by giving to the Westminster College Matt Hearn Memorial Lacrosse Scholarship. www.westminstercollege.edu/giving. On the main page, select donation amount, click next, and then select “Matt Hearn Memorial Lacrosse Scholarship” from the 'Gift Options' drop-down menu. This will be an endowed scholarship to carry on Matt's legacy through future Westminster Men's Lacrosse players.
And in the end,
it’s not the years in a life,
it’s the LIFE
in the years