Matthew was born in Taft, CA to Russ and Julie Blind, The victim of a drowning accident at the age of two left Matthew permanently handicapped through the remainder of his life. He passed away peacefully at the age of 30 in Bakersfield, CA. Matthew is preceded in death by his father Russ Blind, his grandmother Janet Blind, and his grandfather Roy Garratt. He is survived by his mother Julie Blind, his sister Carrie Blind and fiance J.R., their children Ryan, Pierce and Lilly, his sister Krystal Flanigan and her daughter Aeryn, his grandfather Norman Blind and his grandmother Fern Garratt in addition to his aunts, uncles and cousins. The family would like to thank all the nursing staff, doctors and medical personnel that assisted Matthew with all of his needs for the last 28 years. Matthew's service will be held at Greenlawn Cemetery on River Blvd. Wednesday, November 22, 2017. Graveside services to begin at 11:00 with a viewing scheduled beforehand and reception to follow.