THE LIFE OF
Matthew Wayne Shepard
Memorial services for Matthew Wayne Shepard, 21, of Laramie and Casper, will be held at 1:30 p.m. Friday at St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 7th and Wolcott streets, Casper, with the Rev. Royce Brown officiating.
St. Matthew's Episcopal Cathedral in Laramie will hold a memorial service for Shepard concurrently with the Rev. Chuck Dennison officiating the services in Laramie.
Shepard died Oct. 12, 1998, at Poudre Valley Hospital in Fort Collins, Colo., of injuries sustained in an attack in Laramie.
Born Dec. 1, 1976, in Casper, he was the oldest son of Judy Peck Shepard and Dennis Shepard.
While living in Casper, he attended Crest Hill Grade School, Dean Morgan Junior High and completed his sophomore year at Natrona County High School.
He was a member and an acolyte in St. Mark's Episcopal Church.
He attended the last two years of high school at the American School in Switzerland (TASIS) in Lugano, Switzerland, where he graduated in 1995. While at TASIS, he traveled extensively throughout Europe.
After graduation from high school, he attended Catawba College in Salisbury, N.C., and Casper College. He then moved to Denver, where he worked several jobs.
He was attending the University of Wyoming, majoring in political science/foreign relations with a minor in languages at the time of his death.
He enjoyed the theater and had parts in several Casper College and Stage III Theater plays. He was also quite active in politics and campaigned for several candidates.
He was selected as the student representative for the Wyoming Environmental Council.
He enjoyed soccer, swimming, running, camping, hunting, fishing and snow skiing, as well as dancing and theater.
Shepard is survived by his parents of Casper and Dhahran, Saudi Arabia; one brother, Logan; his paternal grandparents, Harry and Ruth Shepard; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
The family ask that contributions to the Matthew W. Shepard Memorial Fund be sent to First National Bank, account no 1926083, P.O. Box 578, Fort Collins, Colo., 80522
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