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John Mathew Limburg Jr.

January 23, 1953 — October 8, 2022

Matt Limburg, our remarkable husband, dad, and grandpa, left his joy-filled life on October 8, 2022 to continue guiding us from his new version of heaven. We are certain it will look familiar to him because he “lived heaven” here on earth. His larger-than-life personality was filled with passion, principle, and purpose, centered on his Savior, Jesus Christ, expanding to his family and all who knew him.
Born January 23, 1953, Matt was given the formal name of John Mathew Limburg, Jr., after his father and eventual life-long hero. His parents, John and Beverly Standing Limburg watched their premature son fight to live. In this, they recognized the resilient, non-traditional, and carefree characteristics that would come to author the rest of his life. His parents then began calling him by the more casual name everyone has known and loved him as. This footnote gave Matt a gift that seemed to seep into the rest of his life story. Like his parents, Matt lived a life seeing people for both who they are and who they would become.
Matt was very proud of the connection to his Olympus High School community and Valley View 9th ward. Surrounded by foundational mentors and friends, he was supported in his growing faith, love for Boy Scout adventures, and by all who would applaud (or smile and nod suspiciously) at his hilarious impersonations of political figures, popular celebrities, and most notable, the friendly mimicking of his own inner-group. His circle, though, has always been more like a horseshoe: a circle open for anyone. All this led Matt to be a phenomenal young leader, including the roles of senior class president and district seminary council president for the 1972 graduating class.
Accepting a missionary assignment for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints required Matt to turn down a promising invitation to work as a disc jockey for his favorite radio station. This offer reflected his already fine-tuned abilities to communicate and entertain, but also confirmed a rare opportunity that would not exist again for such a young D.J. His dream career was in his hands, but his ultimate identity has always come from devotion to God. Serving and learning in the England Southwest Mission cemented his willing and earnest heart. It also left an impression of people filled with quiet tradition and formality, which he respectfully incorporated into his life ideals, without changing his enthusiastic approach to life. He would later fulfill all career aspirations relating to his love of music by working for KNAK and KRSP radio stations. Additionally, he founded Starbound Records, operating the storefront for over twenty years before moving his business online. He continued loving his customers and treating each one with a personal note and attentive care accomplished from his kitchen table. Matt’s last precious package was mailed with care by his son and grandson, who understood how much this role meant to the leader of our band. It’s fitting; his love for music was always about people and their stories.
Comprising the many important stages of his life, none were more pivotal to Matt than the chance encounter that led to his revered wife and cherished sweetheart, Patty. While taking a tour of his radio station, Matt was first influenced by Patty’s beauty, and then quickly learned of her engaging strength and unmatched kindness. He articulated exactly how he felt and begged for a first date. Matt and Patty were equals from the beginning, each bringing their unique strengths to complement the other. Matt always attributed his growth and success to her unwavering support and happy, faith-filled outlook. And, he kept his promise to make her laugh every day. Matt and Patty were married in the Logan Utah Temple on June 4, 1976, and soon moved to their beloved Magna, Utah; where they have spent 45 years raising their five children: Joni (Joseph), Jen (Richard), Julie (Justin), Jill (Jeff), and John (Whitney). Together, Matt and Patty lovingly worked to create an atmosphere of strong values based on temple covenants, knowing that through the trials of life, goodness would prevail. This spirit brought a loud home filled with immense joy where the Utah Utes reigned supreme, reading the nightly newspaper was encouraged, everyone fought over whose turn it was to weed the garden, music was blasting from the family jukebox, and seeking eternal truths was a daily endeavor. As a father, Matt welcomed, cultivated, and invested in a relationship with each one of his children. They were his best friends, where he reserved special nicknames, individual songs, and specific integrity-laden life stories for each of them to use on their own, supported path. Matt treasured the closeness of his sons-in-law and daughter-in-law and was extremely loyal to their relationships. As life continued upward, 17 grandchildren would join his life, and he carried his fatherly, crazy, rhyming, personal traditions for each one of them. Grandpa Limburg is immensely proud of: Abbie (Justin), Zac, Cole, Preston, Ava, Max, Ruby, Jaxon, Hannah, Luke, Quinn, Lucy, Collins, Paige, Zane, Hazel, and Blake. With his inclusive nature, Matt made sure all his friends were like family, and immediately loved our bonus Limburg’s, Kaylee and Cassidy. Because Matt chose to spend his time creating eternal bonds with his precious loved ones is why his loss is filled with both unimaginable pain and extraordinary joy.
Sharing his magnetic charm with dear friends often came with Matt sharing bushels of tomatoes and jars of his mother’s salsa; all from his self-proclaimed, Limburg Farms. Among his many ways to lift, he especially loved serving those who had a harder time serving themselves. Matt spent most of his semi-retired years providing friends with weekly trips to the grocery store and Sunday drives to church. He had daily habits of texting friends, enjoyed entertaining employees at the doctor’s office, reserved movie tickets for his older, widowed friends and then helped them to the front row. All the while, Matt prepared to be an available and sincere friend and sounding board, using his warmth and wisdom to navigate the joys and struggles of life.
Matt is preceded in death by his loving parents and two brothers, Steve and Nevin. His siblings, including Kathy and Garth, provided constant companionship, love, and invaluable steps ahead of him in his blessed, full life. Matt’s in-law (Adams) family and all his nieces and nephews provided him with great happiness, and he relished sharing his love for them. Funeral and viewing services will be held at the Lakeridge 11th ward chapel at 7825 West Sharon Drive, Magna, UT. A viewing will be held Sunday, October 16, from 5:00 to 8:00 PM and Monday, October 17, from 9:30 to 10:30 AM. Funeral services will be held on Monday, October 17, at 11:00 AM.
In place of flowers, please feel free to enjoy a diet Dr. Pepper, invite a friend over for a game of Scrabble, banter with a BYU fan, persuade someone to go to Sizzler, or read from a prophet. “I love you in a place where there’s no space or time. I love you, for in my life, you are a friend of mine. And when my life is over, remember when we were together, we were alone and I was singing this song for you.” (Karen Carpenter, A Song For You, 1971)
Service Information
Viewing October 16, 2022 at 5:00 PM
7825 West Sharon Drive Magna, Utah 84044

Viewing October 17, 2022 at 9:30 AM
7825 West Sharon Drive Magna, Utah 84044

Funeral Service
October 17, 2022 at 11:00 AM
7825 West Sharon Drive Magna, Utah 84044
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