Matthew R. Fine

Died: Sun., Apr. 8, 2018


Funeral Service

1:00 PM Fri., Apr. 13, 2018
Location: Faith Baptist Church


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Although Matt was born in Ontario, Oregon, in November 1950, his family lived in Harney County. He began school in Frenchglen and attended grade schools in Ontario and Payette, Idaho, completing high school in 1969 in Burns. During school he enjoyed playing basketball, football and field sports. He earned his associate’s degree in Criminal Justice from Blue Mountain Community College.

Following college, he was hired by the Burns Police Department where he worked until transferring to the Bend Police Department in 1974. During his tenure in Bend, he rose through the ranks retiring as Captain in 2003. Matt was instrumental in establishing Central Oregon’s first S.W.A.T. team and was a FBI National Academy graduate. Fellow officers and members of the law enforcement community often noted that Matt’s character and leadership were the cornerstone of each role he served in the department and the area. After retirement, he worked for Hood River and Lincoln City police departments as Interim Chief of Police. He also consulted for the Prairie City Police Department.

In 2005, he returned to Harney County where he continued to enjoy hunting and fishing. He especially liked working cattle and branding calves for friends and neighbors. Matt enjoyed giving to the community by officiating grade school through high school football and basketball games. Above all, Matt was a dedicated son, brother, husband, father, uncle, grandfather and friend. He is deeply missed and his family is looking forward to their reunion in heaven.

Matt is survived by his wife, Nancy; sons, Luke (Lisha), Wesley (Sarah), and Jack (Samantha); mother, Mildred; grandchildren, Mackenna, Esme, Samantha, Cora, Flynn and Owen; brother, Mike (Lynda). He was preceded in death by father, Fred Fine; grandparents, Roe and Eleaner Davis, Joe and Ethel Fine and Vera Fine.

A memorial service was held on April 13, 2018, at Faith Baptist Church in Hines, Oregon with interment in the Burns Cemetery. LaFollette’s Chapel was in charge of the services. Contributions in Matt’s memory may be made to Burns High School Athletics Matt Fine Memorial Fund; Fellowship of Christian Peace Officers - USA (105 Lee Parkway Drive, Suite C, Chattanooga, TN 37421), or to a charity of your choice.

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Karen Starbuck
   Posted Wed April 11, 2018
Nancy, Mildred, Mike, Linda, and family,

My heart is so heavy for you. There are no words to express my sympathy. Matt was a great friend and a cool guy. All my love and prayers.

Karen Starbuck

Don and Cindy
   Posted Wed April 11, 2018
So sorry to hear of your family loss, may our lord and savior be with each and everyone of you ❤️

Mel and Diana Asher
   Posted Thu April 12, 2018
Nancy and boys, I just read in the newspaper about Matt's passing and was shocked........we are so sorry and will keep you in our prayers.

Perry Aldrich
   Posted Thu April 12, 2018
Nancy and family, I am shocked and saddened to hear the passing of your husband, and friend. I pray for Gods warm hands to hold you all close during these trying times. I have many good memories of Matt that will always stay with me.

Rhonda/John Petty
   Posted Mon April 16, 2018
We are so sorry for your loss. His expertise will be missed. Prayers to your family.

J. Moore/Volunteer
   Posted Fri April 27, 2018
To the Family of Matthew R. Fine,
So sorry to learn about the loss of your Dear Loved One, Matthew. Please know that so many people share your grief with you to help you through this difficult time of sorrow. Please accept my deepest condolences as we await the time when Christ Jesus will awaken all those who have fallen asleep in death; including your Beloved, Matthew.
(John 11:41-44)

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