On the evening of September 29th, Matthew James Arellano lost his battle with Covid and joined his father James Arellano and grandparents Arthur and Flora Arellano in Heaven.

Matthew Arellano was born on January 21, 1980 in Salt Lake City, Utah to his proud parents James and Dorothy Arellano. He is survived by his mother Dorothy Arellano, wife Lynda Arellano, son Matthew Gabriel Arellano, daughter Solei Gonzales, along with numerous uncles, aunts, and cousins.

Matthew was a man of few words but when he spoke, everyone listened and most of the time were laughing from his amazing Arellano humor. He was caring and just like his father, he would give the shirt off his back to anyone that needed it. His motto in life was “God’s Plan”.

He became a passionate Hot Wheels collector and seller. He will always be the “Hot Wheels Cholo”. Music and fast cars were life for Matthew. When Gabriel started his music career, he became his #1 fan and always encouraged him to move forward with his dreams.

Matthew and Solei’s father/daughter connection was so special. It was an adjustment for him from raising only a son (“so many emotions”, he would say), but he did it flawlessly. The love they had for each other is beautiful. She is his daughter, his blood.

My Love, you made the last 6 years of my life the most amazing years. You made me laugh every day. It’s unbearable knowing you will not be with me here but I know you are going to be in my ear till we are together again. We love you 222.

A celebration in honor of Matthew’s life will be held Saturday, October 30, 2021 at the Pioneer Hall from 4:00 – 5:30 PM, 1137 West 7800 South, West Jordan, UT, 84088.


Celebration of Life

Saturday, Oct. 30, 2021 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Pioneer Hall
1137 West 7800 South
West Jordan, UT 84088

Services Handled By

Affordable Funerals & Cremations - Salt Lake City
4387 South 500 West
Murray, UT

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Oct 02, 2021


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Matthew ! Man bro we had great times as young boys. I remember the times your dad would take us to car shows ! You were always a very good friend bro. I will always remember the times we shared bro. I love you man! I'll see you on the other side bro . Tell Jim hey for me.... love ya bro.....

Joshua , Westjordan , UT, US Oct 06, 2021

I LOVE YOU COUSIN!!!! i know we weren't close and honestly i wish i would of gotten to know you more! Fly high matt your up in heaven with great gma and you got reunited with your dad, watch over us all protect us and you will never be forgotten!! I love you Lil matt im so sorry your going thru this and linda im so sorry you guys are hurting you guys got us the Familia! Stay strong Matthew will always be in all our hearts now and forever💞💞

Dani T. , Slc , UT, US Oct 04, 2021