After a valiant year and a half fight with cancer, Matt Golden died peacefully in his home on February 7, 2015 at the age of 64. Born Sept. 7, 1950, his wife of 44 years, Barbara and his daughter Kristi survive him. Matt was a proud member of the U.S. Army reserves for 6 years. He then served on the Stockton Police Department for 27 years in a variety of capacities including as a patrol officer, canine officer, school resource officer and as a field training officer.
He earned his BA in social sciences from Stanislaus State University and his Juris Doctor degree from Humphrey's College School Of Law.
After retiring from the police department he served the Patriot Guard Riders organization and was the Assistant State Captain for the California North Central Region.
Matt was also a member of the Stockton Sunrise Rotary Club. Matt was the driving force behind this club teaming up with the Northern California Patriot Guard to provide a Christmas dinner and toy drive for the Army National Guard Troops and their families who have been stationed here in Stockton for the last three years. Both Matt and Barbara became Paul Harris fellows during this time with the Rotary.
Matt touched everyone he came in contact with and will be missed by all.
Matt's family requests that in lieu of flowers, charitable donations can be made in Matt's name to The Wounded Warrier Project, Hospice of San Joaquin or a charity of your choice.
No visitations will be held
Services will be held at 10 a.m., Friday, Feb. 13, 2015 at First Baptist Church, 3535 N. El Dorado St., Stockton, California 95204.