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Matthew Thomas Fortuna

02/10/1994 - 05/19/2023
Service Date: 05/27/2023
Service Time: 9:00am
Service Location: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints 1720 S Ironwood, Apache Junction, AZ 85120
Visitation Date: 05/26/2023
Visitation Time: 5:00pm-7:00pm
Visitation Location: Bunker University Chapel, 3529 E. University Dr, Mesa, AZ 85213
Interment: Paradise Memorial Gardens

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.


  • Davis and Tanja Romney

    Randy and Julie and the Fortuna family, we are so very sorry to hear of the devastating loss of you son. We will keep your family in our prayers.

  • Nic & Sharon Montanez

    Dear Randy, Julie and family.
    I don’t think there could be a
    worse pain to bear than the loss of a child. Your son’s picture shows such a sweet and kind soul. May you feel God’s love and support at this time. I am grateful we have the knowledge that our families continue in the eternities . We are praying for you all. Your beautiful son is smiling down on you and knows he will see you again someday. Please take care. We are here for you. Love, Nic and Sharon Montanez

  • Julie and Daniel Earley

    Julie and Randy, we are so sorry to hear about the loss of your son. So devastating! Our thoughts and prayers are with you and his sweet wife and daughters. May the love of the Savior envelop you all as you walk this difficult path until you are all reunited.

  • Chuck & Nancy Kelsey

    Mariafe; we are so sorry to know about your Beloved Matthew. We were very happy to meet him when we visited you in Provo. We just had to see our sweet Hermana Montavan & the husband we had heard much about. We had such a good time & got to see Hermana Rivera as well. Matthew was so kind to us & very patient in helping us find your apartment. Please know there are many that remember you in Cuenca. You & Cheyenne were great Missionaries. We will always remember the girls that stopped by often to make PB&J sandwiches .
    We are praying for you & your sweet daughters. You are in our hearts 💕
    We love you sweet Mariafe, stay strong, hold those girls close & know your family will be together for Eternity.
    Much love from Cuenca, Ecuador
    Chuck & Nancy Kelsey

  • Pam Blackburn

    So sorry about Matthew. I found a scripture I like to share at JW.org, Acts 24:15, “there is going to be a resurrection,” I wish your family the very best for the future.

  • Maribel Juárez

    Mi más sentido pésame 💐 Me acabo de enterar y todavía no lo puedo creer 💗

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