Matthew Ted Macy, 37, passed away peacefully at home in Nampa, Idaho, on November 12, 2020. Matthew was born October 1, 1983 to Ted and Caleen Macy in Polson, Montana, the third of four children. From the time he was born, Matt was a loving, sensitive and kind-hearted soul. People of all ages were naturally drawn to his amazing smile and charming personality. As he was growing up, he was playful, friendly, adventurous and fun. He was defined by his love for others. Matt also enjoyed many family activities, and maintained a lifelong interest in camping, fishing, rafting and soccer.
Matthew attended elementary school in Polson before the family moved to Helena, Montana in 1992, and eventually to the small town of Challis, Idaho. It was there that his dad died when Matt was a young teenager. His many friends loved and supported him through this difficult time. His mom later remarried, and the family relocated to Grangeville, Idaho. Matt attended Grangeville High School but moved back to Challis to live with friends and graduate from Challis High School. He attended the University of Idaho, studying psychology and counseling, and eventually earned his M. Ed and Education Specialist degree in School Psychology. He worked as a school counselor and school psychologist in Cul-de-sac, Lapwai and most recently in Emmett, Idaho. Matthew was passionate about his work with students, was an excellent counselor and colleague, and made a positive difference wherever he went.
In 2013, Matthew went to visit his younger brother in Panama. It was while on vacation that he met the love of his life, Juliana Machado from Pereira, Colombia. She was also on vacation and was impressed by his dance moves. After parting ways, they remained in contact, talking daily despite the language barrier. Their love grew and grew and eventually they celebrated their marriage in Juli’s hometown on July 19, 2014. After another year of living apart, Juliana was able to obtain a U.S. visa. It was a joyful reunion when Juli and her teenage daughter, Manuela, were finally able to move to Nampa, Idaho in 2015.
In December of 2017 they welcomed a beautiful baby girl, Bella Sophia, into their family. She brought so much happiness to Matthew during his last three years. His beautiful wife was his constant and devoted caregiver as he courageously fought his battle with cancer. When his sister asked him what he was feeling in the last weeks of his life, he said, “Thankful.” This was a humbling testament to his character and to the strength and love of his family.
His father, Ted Charles Macy, and his grandparents Arlene and Jack Norris, preceded Matthew in death. He is survived by his wife, Juliana Macy; daughters Manuela Arroyave and Bella Macy; mom and step-dad Caleen and Ed Cox; sister Summer Stevenson (Ryan); brothers Eric Macy (Kim) and Tyler Macy (Angie); grandparents Calvin and Jean Erickson; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles; and many loyal friends.
Matthew touched so many lives and was taken from us far too soon. He was beloved by his family, extended family and friends. We will miss him every day, and he will live forever in our hearts.
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Matthew Ted Macy
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