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Matthew "Matt" John Bingle

May 13, 1959 Jan 21, 2021

Beloved husband and father, Matthew Bingle, passed away January 21, 2021 of COPD. He was born in Salt Lake City, May 13, 1959, to Mary and Edmund Bingle. He was the youngest of six children.

Matt married me, Katherine Blair, on September 13, 1988.

We had a son, Jesse Bingle, on March 19, 1992.

Matt and I met at Junior's Tavern sometime in 1987. We liked to shoot pool and have a few beers together. He was very good at pool and could keep the table for hours. Once he tried to throw a game and let me win, and I yelled at him for it so it never happened again! I learned how to give him a run for his money. We were good friends and could talk for hours.

Matt was a road trip and camping master. We visited many great places in the West; he knew all the good camping spots in the deserts and mountains, was very competent, and had all the accoutrements needed to make you comfortable in a tent. While on the road, he let me pick out all the music and snacks. We visited countless one-of-a-kind shops, cafes, and coffee joints. He instilled a love of camping, travel, and appreciation of the natural world to his son. He was an environmentalist and cared deeply about the preservation of our beautiful natural lands. He also enjoyed blues music, Edward Abbey and civil war books, good movies and documentaries, and sudoku puzzles.

Matt had empathy and concern for children, refugees, and the downtrodden, and he tried to make sure people were fed, especially during this pandemic. He gave generously to several charities. He also believed very firmly in equality for all people.

He loved get-togethers with family and friends and we enjoyed many dinner parties, Christmas and birthday parties, and camping outings. He could talk your ear off!

Matt was an electrician, first with the IBEW, and later at the University of Utah. He was smart and reliable and could fix almost every problem, so employees at the University were always glad to see him coming.

Matt is survived by his wife, Katherine Blair, his son, Jesse Blair Bingle, daughter-in-law Amanda Vance, sisters Joanne Koenig and Barbara Bingle, brothers Mike and Joe Bingle, and several nieces and nephews.

He is preceded by his parents and a brother, Rick Bingle.

Please give to the World Central Kitchen or the charity of your choice in his honor.

A party to celebrate his life will occur later this year, when the weather is nice and it's safer to get together.

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Katherine Blair
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Feb 6, 2021
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