Matthew Smolar

Obituary of Matthew Scott Smolar

Matthew Scott Smolar passed away in his Enumclaw home on January 11, 2022, at the age of 42. One of two children born to Joseph and Karen Smolar, Matt was born at Valley Medical in Renton, WA on May 14, 1979.

Matt graduated from Kentwood High School in 1997 and then went on to graduate in 2004 from Central Washington University with a bachelor's degree in Business Administration. Shortly after, Matt began his career with Costco where he worked his way into management, eventually landing in Information Systems. Matt took a great deal of pride in his work for Costco and enjoyed the many friendships he made there.

Matt enjoyed the outdoors. One of his favorite pastimes was fishing near the family home in Alaska. Matt loved spending time with his dad. Many weekends were spent talking, working on the Bronco, and drinking cold beer. He enjoyed spending time with family, especially smoking meats with his brother-in-law Jeremy, and watching his nephews’ Football and Lacrosse games. He was truly a family man and loved any excuse to get the family together for dinner. Matt was a great friend and is loved, and his memory cherished, by so many. To know Matt was to know you had a family member, a friend, a co-worker, or a neighbor who you could count on for a smile, a joke, a beer, or just to be there with a listening ear.

In 2013, Matt’s life changed forever when he met the love of his life, Kate. Kate introduced Matt to cowboy boots, horses, French Bulldogs, and a happiness he had never known. Matt knew Kate picked him in part due to Costco’s great return policy, but also because, like many things from Costco, Matt was really just that great. Together they had big dreams for the future of growing their family, buying a farm, making memories, and growing old together. Kate and Matt were married in South Lake Tahoe in March of 2019. They established a home and a life they loved in Enumclaw. He loved sitting on their back deck, drinking coffee in the mornings and watching their dogs play in the yard.

Matt is survived by his wife Kate, their three furry children Sassy, Talulah, and Rip, his parents Joseph and Karen Smolar, his sister Julie (Jeremy) Sherman, his nephews Braden and Carson Sherman, and many aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Family and friends are invited to attend a Memorial Service on Saturday, January 29th at 11AM at Grace Community Church, 1320 Auburn Way S, Auburn, WA 98002.

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