Matthew David Empey 1971 ~ 2011

Matthew David Empey, age 39, passed away unexpectedly due to cardiac disease on January 6, 2011. Matt was born on July 14, 1971 in San Jose California. He graduated from Saratoga High School in 1989 where he played on the varsity baseball team. He served an LDS mission in Spain before graduating from Brigham Young University with a degree in Economics. Matt attended UCLA School of Medicine and completed his residency in Emergency Medicine at Barnes-Jewish Hospital at Washington University in St. Louis Missouri. Matt was a brilliant and beloved ER physician at St. Elizabeth's Hospital in Illinois. He was an avid runner, hiker and outdoorsman, and he loved fishing, golfing and snow and water skiing. Matt leaves behind his parents, Charles and Linda Empey of Loomis, California; and three sisters, Cara Campora (Cory), Megan Hughes (Jason), and Lindsay Grant (Doug). His two nephews and seven nieces were very important in his life. Matt will be missed by his family, friends, and the many people who he touched on his short sojourn on this earth. He has left a legacy of tenderness, love and caring which was felt by all who had the privilege of meeting him. Services will be held on Jan. 17, 2011 at the LDS Church at 19100 Allendale Ave, Saratoga, CA at noon.