The Los Alamos community is mourning the loss of 19-year-old Trevor Matuszak who died Sunday in a tragic hiking accident in White Rock Canyon.
Born Aug. 10, 1997, in Jackson, Tenn., Trevor lived in Los Alamos since 2004. Family and friends recall throughout his youth he was always smiling, full of laughter and genuinely happy. He was described as the boy with the golden hair and the golden smile.
Trevor was adventurous and free-spirited and there was very little he would not attempt to do. He played baseball and hockey growing up and went on to become assistant captain of the hockey team and captain of the lacrosse team while in high school. He also was an avid snowboarder and loved camping and fishing.
In 2015, Trevor graduated from Los Alamos High School and went on to follow his passion by studying Athletic Training and Sports Medicine at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces. He was about to start working with the NMSU football team and family and friends were happy to see where he was headed and how he had committed himself to the program.
During his sophomore year in college, Trevor found a great joy in cooking. He always loved to eat but had more recently begun to cook some really good food for his family and friends. He liked to play the guitar and sing when he wasn’t too busy following his beloved Detroit Red Wings or anything even remotely related to Star Wars.
Trevor treated his friends as if they were all his younger siblings. People of all ages gravitated towards him although he never sought to be the center of attention. He was loyal to his friends and constantly shared his joy of life with them. Throughout his school life, he brought joy to many teachers, coaches and school staff who interacted with him and he was recognized as a team player in every situation.
Trevor deeply loved his parents Mick and Karen Matuszak, his brother, Griffin and his sister, Anna Rose as well as his longtime girlfriend Shannon Irwin. He always watched out for his younger siblings. He loved spending time with family and longtime family friends, especially those who he had known for most or all of his life. He made new friends wherever he went and many people were proud to consider him among their closest friends.
In addition to his immediate family, Trevor is survived by his grandparents, David and Judy Lee of Santa Fe, Mike and Rose Matuszak of Rio Rancho, as well as numerous aunts, uncles and friends.