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Sheriff's Deputy To Be Remembered In Wildomar Saturday

Services for Deputy Matthew R. Handy, 33, are scheduled at 11 a.m. Saturday at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints located at 34350 Almond Street.

A Riverside County Sheriff’s Department deputy who was killed in a tragic SUV accident will be remembered in Wildomar this weekend.

Services for Canyon Lake resident Matthew R. Handy, 33, are scheduled at 11 a.m. Saturday at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints located at 34350 Almond Street. The community is welcome to attend.

The deputy was killed near Island Park, Idaho, while vacationing with family. On July 13, he was a passenger in a Toyota SUV that was traveling on the Mesa Falls Highway, about 10 miles east of U.S. Highway 20, when the driver momentarily fell asleep behind the wheel and crashed.

Handy was ejected from the SUV and died instantly; he was not wearing a seatbelt, according to a news report in the Standard Journal.

No one else in the vehicle was hurt.

A funeral service was held for Handy in Utah this week, where most of his family now lives. Officers from both the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department and the Salt Lake County Sheriff’s Office turned out to pay their respects.

Handy grew up Canyon Lake and attended Elsinore High School. He worked at the county's Larry D. Smith Correctional Facility.

Father2Sons July 21, 2012 at 02:14 PM
A deputy not wearing a seatbelt - wow.
kelly July 22, 2012 at 12:36 AM
Seriously deputy is human to you know. He was a great father,spouse,sin,brother and friend your ignorant comment should have been left out of a famlies great time of greif
jessica July 22, 2012 at 01:20 AM
R.i.p. Our friend. Richard and i will never forget you. I know you are smiling down on us.
matt alverson July 22, 2012 at 02:30 AM
R.I.P. Matt, we'll all miss you humor, kindness, and friendship. I look forward to reuniting on the other side of the vail. Matt
Danielle Handy D'Angelo July 23, 2012 at 02:30 AM
Thank you, Kelly. You are quite correct with your statement. As Matt's big sister, we are aware he should have known better than to be out of his seat belt while the car was in motion. Let this be a lesson to us all. In the meantime, let's keep the memorial for Matt on a positive note.
Bekka Rigby July 23, 2012 at 10:12 PM
Matt is an amazing man. He was a great father, and we should not judge anyone from one moment in time! This is an amazing family who all give services to their communities where ever they are. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of Matt's loved ones!
Alicia Handy Colon July 24, 2012 at 05:59 PM
Thank you Kelly! Some people don't thinik before they speak, but that is okay, part of being human. Those of us that know Matt knew the wonderful person that he is and that is all that matters. I miss my little brother but know he is in a better place now.
Scarlette July 25, 2012 at 12:53 AM
Work will never be the same without you, I still expect to see you walk in those doors any minute…the only comfort I have is knowing that you are in the presence of our lord and savior! Love and miss you, until we meet again…
Nancy August 02, 2012 at 04:16 AM
To Matthew's family: I am so sorry that you must endure this pain. This is the hardest thing we must go through on this earth, ESPECIALLY when some one we love goes unexpectedly. I would love to make all of this pain go away for you but I know that is not possible. Always remember Heaven is real and it is eternal with no more pain or suffering, FOREVER! I pray this fact will comfort you greatly! May God Who made Heaven, earth and every one and every thing, bless and keep you in His loving care.
Calvin Cherry August 14, 2012 at 12:34 PM
My thoughts and prayers go out to Matthew's family and friends during this difficult time. - Calvin Cherry, Anthem Blue Cross
KELLY D. DIVINE November 12, 2012 at 11:03 PM
DEPUTY HANDY, THANK YOU FOR PROTECTING UR COMMUNITY. I AM SORRY FOR YOUR FAMILY. YOU SOUND LIKE AN AWESOME PERSON AND DEPUTY. I WILL SAY A BIG PRAYER FOR YOU AT BEDTIME. RIVERSIDE COUNTY IS A NICE PLACE TO LIVE BECAUSE OF YOU AND OTHER DEPUTIES. THANK YOU AGAIN, R.I.P., AND GOD BLESS YOU...KELLY DIVINE AND MAX(MY SERVICE ANIMAL)
Ashley Cusworth December 21, 2012 at 12:22 AM
I have just recently heard of this tragedy. I was a neighbor to Matt for a while. I could hear Matt's music all the way downstairs. Such good tunes:-) A couple times he would come help with handyman stuff (so ironic). I asked him if he had a hand-held saw to shorten my wood bench and he came so professional with an angle cutting thingy and an electrical saw. He really took helping people seriously. Such an awesome neighbor! I would help bring food to the boys when they visited and I got to try some of Matt's venison. The boys would say hi anytime I had the window open as they walked upstairs. My heart really goes out to them. I know you all have endured a great loss but especially the boys. Please give them all the love that Matt would and send my hugs to them. Love for you all.
Reverend Smith December 21, 2012 at 12:57 AM
I'll bet he told a thousand drivers to buckle-up. He'd probably want what may have happened to him as a result of not bucking up to stand as a reminder to buckle-up - especially your kids. Who knows - sometimes I just forget. It's not like you're putting other drivers in danger by not buckling yourself in.

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