Obituary: Matthew William Hein

Matthew William Hein

Matthew William Hein

In an event which is extremely unfair to all who knew him, Matt Hein passed away suddenly at the age of 64.

Matthew was born in 1959 in Monroe, Wisconsin to William and Audrey Hein. Matthew attended the University of Wisconsin in Madison, earning a Bachelor’s Degree in art and soon followed his dreams West. After time in LA and Seattle trying his hand in the music and art scene, Matt moved to Prescott, Arizona in 1988 where he found his true calling as a watch repairman, an engraver, and an entrepreneur.

In 2004, he met his future wife Tracy on a blind date. He fell in love with her and after a time, or a few times anyway, she too fell in love with him. In 2006, they were married by Elvis in Las Vegas because, of course they were. The Prescott Trade shop began in Matt’s apartment, but with Tracy’s help and know-how it soon grew into a thriving business and the center of their working lives.

Matt loved being a watch repairman and engraver, but he loved talking with people even more. He talked so much that he earned the nickname “Cathy.” Matt would talk with anyone and was genuinely interested in their stories. And he was a presence, He could light up a room. If Matt was there you knew it. He was creative, funny, authentic, interesting, and always curious. Matt was, and always will be Matt. He had a great love for music, especially playing live shows around town on one of his dozens of guitars. Writing songs and jamming with his brothers brought him (and all of us) real joy.

Matt is survived by his wife Tracy of 17 years, sister Maggie (Jayme), brothers Nick (Jane), Frank (Terri) John (Patti) sister-in-law Dawn (Tom), brother-in-law Jimmy (Carol) and sister-in-laws Susan Brennan and Peggy Maleno. “Uncle Matt” is deeply missed by so many nieces, nephews, and extended families including Tracy’s parents, Jim and Skeeter Maleno. He is predeceased by his parents, William and Audrey Hein. He is also survived by three beautiful cats, Daenerys, Arya and his best friend Toby.

Matt had many, many people who adored him and the world is a less interesting place without him. It just is. He will be forever missed. We will celebrate his life and all his quirkiness at the Moose Lodge on Saturday, Jan. 13, 2024, from noon to 4 p.m.

Arrangements entrusted to Sunrise Funeral Home.


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