Matthew Thomas Fortuna, 29, passed away on May 19, 2023 in Mesa, Arizona. He greatly loved and cherished his wife, Mariafe (Montalvan) Fortuna, and two daughters, Mia (age 4) and Maddie (age 3), who survive him. He is loved and adored by them, in return. He is survived by parents, Randall S. Fortuna and Julie M. Fortuna, his mother-in-law Gloria Alva, his siblings Christopher, Jonathan, Amy, Stephen, Peter and Emily, as well as his grandmothers Marta Moore and Karen Fortuna. He is preceded in death by his grandfathers Eugene Fortuna and Samuel Moore, and a younger brother Edwin Fortuna.
Words cannot express the sadness and loss family and friends feel at his passing. Matthew was a true friend to so many. He was a compassionate and caring individual who always had a kind and listening ear. He could make people feel important and was easy to talk to. For many, he felt like a best friend with his kind and soft-spoken ways. He made ordinary settings fun for his wife, children, and extended family.
Matthew was good at fixing things, and could assemble just about anything. After attending Illinois Central College, and BYU Idaho, he found real satisfaction in working as an Electrician. He had a natural talent and gift for this, and was rapidly promoted. He enjoyed hikes with his family, pulling his daughters around in a wagon, pushing them on the swing, riding bikes with them, listening to music with head phones, repairing electronics, watching Studio Ghibli films, playing video games, eating pistachios and avocados, and especially living life with his sweetheart Mariafe. His whole life greatly increased in happiness when he met and married her in the Mesa, Arizona Temple August 5, 2017. The last month of his life was among his happiest times ever. He had just started a job he loved. He had moved back to his favorite state of Arizona and was enjoying outings every weekend with his family. His accidental death took him far too soon. He will be missed dearly every day.
A Visitation will be held Friday, May 26, 2023 from 5-7pm at the Bunker Family University Chapel (3529 East University Drive, Mesa, AZ 85213). Funeral Services are Saturday, May 27, 2023, beginning at 9am at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (1720 South Ironwood Drive, Apache Junction, AZ, 85120). There will also be a Visitation at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at the same address from 8-8:45am, immediately prior to the funeral.
In lieu of flowers, donations to GoFundMe are suggested.
Arrangements by Bunker’s University Chapel, www.bunkerfuneral.com. Should this obituary appear anywhere but bunkerfuneral.com, please check our website for accurate details and service information.