Matthew James Olivares, a compassionate and loving soul, left this earthly realm on February 2, 2024, surrounded by the warmth of his family’s embrace. Born on May 23, 1985, in the vibrant city of Lubbock, Texas, he brought joy and laughter to the lives of those he touched.
Matthew was known for his creative spirit, always seeking new ways to express himself and brighten the world around him. His strength and resilience were unwavering, guiding him through life’s challenges with grace and determination. With a quick wit and an infectious sense of humor, he could light up a room and uplift the spirits of all who were fortunate enough to know him.
As a solid waste driver in the municipal industry, Matthew took pride in his work, ensuring the cleanliness and well-being of his community. Though he may have been seen driving the streets of Lubbock, his heart resided within the loving embrace of his family.
Matthew was a devoted father and husband, cherishing every moment spent with his cherished wife Sara (and Nina), and their beautiful children: Jaycob, Fabian, Aracela, Gracie, Emma, and Amelia. He was their steadfast and caring protector, leading by example with his gentle nature and unwavering patience. Their bond will forever serve as a testament to the love he nurtured within their hearts.
He is also survived by his father Frank Olivares (Sally), and maternal grandfather, Felix Zarazua; aunts, uncles, cousins, nephews, and a niece.
He is preceded in death by his mother, Diane Olivares, brother Carlos Olivares, maternal grandmother, Lee Zarazua, uncle Michael, and his aunt Sarah.
Cherished by friends who shared many special times together, but more importantly, he leaves behind his loyal sidekick Cody Manuel, who supported him through the good and bad times.
Beyond his role as a father and husband, Matthew had many passions that brought him happiness. He was an ardent sports fan, particularly dedicated to his beloved Texas Tech and Dallas Cowboys teams. Whether cheering from the stands or passionately discussing game plays with friends and family, he found solace in the camaraderie of sports. Matthew was also a master of the grill, delighting all with his culinary creations and hosting memorable gatherings filled with laughter and love.
An avid gardener, Matthew possessed a green thumb and found solace in tending to his plants, watching them flourish under his care. He had a deep-seated love for animals, finding a loyal companion in his cherished dog, Scout. As a man of faith, Matthew found comfort and strength in his Catholic beliefs, shaping his compassionate and giving nature.
A celebration of Matthew’s extraordinary life will take place on Friday, February 9, 2024, at 10:00 am at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church. Family and friends will have the opportunity to pay their respects, in the gentle recital of the Holy Rosary beginning at 7:00 pm. at Lake Ridge Chapel and Memorial Designers.
Matthew’s legacy will be eternally preserved through the profound love and memories he left behind. In honor of his wishes, cremation will take place at the 6025 82nd Street location, fostering a sense of peace and unity as his spirit soars beyond earthly bounds.
The world mourns the loss of Matthew James Olivares, a compassionate, reflective, and poetic soul. May his memory serve as a beacon of love and inspiration, forever etched upon our hearts.