Matthew A. Vidulich

Matthew A. Vidulich

MADISON/ WASHINGTON, D.C.-Matt Vidulich, age 31, passed away September 14, 2012. He was born January 19, 1981. Matt was one of the most generous, kind, and loveable human beings. A source of optimism and encouragement, he found sincere joy in others’ success. Matt would move mountains to help those he knew, never with hesitation and no matter the level of difficulty. Matt was never afraid to remind friends and family that he loved them because he knew how valuable a life was. Matt appreciated the details most people overlook and was able to find goodness in even the most painful situations.

We will forever miss his infectious smile and his quick laugh. Music was his passion. He was the tastemaker who saw an album in a record store and bought it for a friend on the hunch that “I bet you like this.” He bemoaned that even as he collected vinyl Bob Dylan and Wilco records others ditched their CDs in favor of digital music. The song mixes he created for others — with painstaking detail to be sure the song order was constructed just so — will be a lasting source of delight.

Matt had countless interests because he never shied away from new adventures. Matt loved the outdoors; hiking, biking, and running. Living in Washington, DC, Matt had a passion for progressive politics, with “West Wing” reruns on regular rotation.

A proud graduate of University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, his bookshelves were filled with titles about World War II, a topic he said he enjoyed because he wanted to better understand his grandfather’s generation. Matt had a mildly-obsessive love affair with Wisconsin sports, particularly the Green Bay Packers and University of Wisconsin football and basketball. Packers t-shirts were known to be sent as presents by Matt, especially to friends who are fans of rival teams.

More than anything, Matt yearned to make the world a better place. Professionally, he did this by raising money for HIV/AIDS research and assisting military veterans. He pushed others to find love and happiness — to never forget one’s dreams. He was one of the good ones.

He is survived by his mother, Toni; his sister, Megan; and many loving family and friends. He is preceded in death by his father, Joe; brother, Brent; paternal grandparents; maternal grandfather; and his very special “Gran,” Elma.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 22 2012; at ST. PETER’S CATHOLIC CHURCH, 5001 North Sherman Ave., with Fr. William Nolan presiding. A celebration of Matt’s life will be held from 4 PM to 7 PM at the home of Rick and Jean Schroeder.

Matt was a shameless promoter of his favorite band, and some of his best friends, Kingsley Flood. To honor Matt, we ask that all donations be made to Kingsley Flood, who will be dedicating their next album to Matt. I know, for this, Matt is smiling.