Matt Hurley was born on September 24, 1993 in Missoula, MT and he was taken from us way too soon
in a senseless act of violence on September 16, 2021 in Kalispell, MT.
Matt was a die-hard Packers fan. He traveled to Seattle and Arizona with his family to see them play.
Regretfully, he never got to see them at Lambeau Field. His favorite player was number 87, Jordie
Nelson. Matt was also a die-hard Griz fan. While attending school in Bozeman he was forced to wear
his Griz shirts under his Bobcat shirts on Game day.
Matt attended Franklin Elementary, Target Range, and Big Sky-High School. He loved Track and Field
and baseball, he lettered in track.
Matt gave his parents many, no, a lot of gray hairs over the years pulling all sorts of antics, often
involving fireworks or sneaking out of the house with the many friends he made along the way. He lived
life to the fullest and always made the best of situations with his sense of humor and infectious smile.
Matt was a kid who loved everyone he met and everyone he met loved him. He adored his big sister
and loved being Uncle Matt to Bentley, Hudson and Cooper. He loved his family and had a love for
adventure and all things fun. It was always a joy to spend time with Matt, he made everyone around him
laugh. He was always a people person and if Matt was in the room, there was never a stranger.
He moved to Kalispell in April 2018 to manage Fuel Fitness. He was so proud to be one of the youngest
managers at Fuel. His passion for where he worked inspired all who worked with him. He loved his job
and all the people he worked with and the customers who came in. Nobody was able to come or go
without Matt telling them Hello or Goodbye, in fact it became a challenge to some to sneak out without
At Fuel Fitness Matt was a brother, friend, leader, listener, comedian, carpenter and General Manager.
He created an environment of family with his team. He created a community that would do anything for
each other. He had a way to bring people together. Matt’s office was always buzzing with members
stopping in to see him just to banter or just catch up with life events. Matt and his team set many of the
standards for Fuel Fitness. With a very close management family across all of our locations, Matt made
sure to make us all feel like family. The Fuel Family says “We will never be the same and our heart
breaks for everyone. We must keep moving forward for Matt. Rest in peace, Matt. You will be forever
Matt found his one true love and was so excited to get married and start a family. He got engaged to Jill
Keith in April 2021 and they were planning a wedding for next year. Jill and Matt were truly a one-of-a-
kind couple and you knew how much they cared for each other just by the looks and small gestures they
did for each other. Matt was always up for anything, but his favorite times were spent playing board
games and doing puzzles with Jill. They were always up for a game of Call of Duty. He enjoyed cornhole,
four wheelers, golfing and Truly’s or an ice cold PBR. Matt was always up for a trip to Cabo Mexico, we
openly joked the more tequila he drank the better his Spanish got. He and Jill recently adopted their
Matt was a genuinely a sweet kid who grew up to be a terrific young man and was deeply loved by so
many that had the fortune to know him. He will be so missed and fondly remembered. Matt was the
light that everyone needed, there’s never a person who met him who walked away without smile. The
zest he had for life was infectious, he made everyone live life as if today was their last. He was a
provider, a hero and Jill’s world. There wasn’t a thing he wouldn’t do for anyone – at the drop of a hat
he would drive across the state just because you needed a ride. He was the most selfless person and
anyone who was able to meet him is lucky to carry that memory, he was special and there are none like
He is survived by his parents Dave and Jennifer Hurley, his fiancé Jill Keith and their puppy Charlie, his
sister Alexandria Hurley Jessop, his niece Bentley, nephews Hudson and Cooper, his Grandfather Don
Hurley, his Grandparents Karyn and Ed Farwell, his Uncle Jeff (Kelly)Hurley, Aunt Kristina Hurley, Aunt
Tara (Brad)Thompson, and future in-laws Scott and Brenda Keith. Also his great-grandparents Jerry and
Arlyce Schliebe, numerous aunts, uncles and cousins, his “brothers from other mothers”, and his Fuel
He is preceded in death by his grandmother, Mary Hurley.
Services are at Garden City Funeral Home on Wednesday September 22 nd at 11am with a luncheon to
follow. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to http://gofund.me/a0e9850c