Matt Hillyard, son of Senator Lyle Hillyard, passes away

Matt Hillyard andwithhis father Lyle Hillyard

LOGAN – Matthew Hillyard, son of Senator Lyle Hillyard, passed away Thursday morning at his home in Logan, according to the Utah Senate.

A tweet was sent out Thursday morning announcing the passing. Hillyard was 42.

<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” data-lang=”en”><p lang=”en” xml:lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>Matthew Hillyard, son of Senator Lyle and Alice Hillyard, passed away peacefully this morning at home. Oh, how we love Matt and will deeply miss him!<a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/utpol?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>#utpol</a> <a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/utleg?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>#utleg</a> <a href=”https://t.co/apnJ0wBFOV”>pic.twitter.com/apnJ0wBFOV</a>

— Utah Senate (@utahsenate) <a href=”https://twitter.com/utahsenate/status/948979762138984448?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>January 4, 2018</a></blockquote>

Governor Gary Herbert and other state politicians took to social media to express their condolences and share memories of Hillyard, who could often be found around the Utah State Capitol during legislative sessions.

<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” data-lang=”en”><p lang=”en” xml:lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>We love you, Matt. Thanks for sharing your light with us for so many years. God be with you till we meet again. <a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/utpol?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>#utpol</a> <a href=”https://twitter.com/utahsenate?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>@utahsenate</a> <a href=”https://twitter.com/SenLyleHillyard?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>@SenLyleHillyard</a> <a href=”https://t.co/OoLnQeiRHT”>pic.twitter.com/OoLnQeiRHT</a>

— Gov. Gary Herbert (@GovHerbert) <a href=”https://twitter.com/GovHerbert/status/948997032819138560?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>January 4, 2018</a></blockquote><blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” data-lang=”en”><p lang=”en” xml:lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>This breaks my heart.? We love Matt and will miss him so much. He touched the lives of everyone on Capitol Hill. We were the same age and shared a love of hugs, pancakes and karaoke. Our hearts are with <a href=”https://twitter.com/SenLyleHillyard?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>@SenLyleHillyard</a> and his family. <a href=”https://t.co/cc196wXs5E”>https://t.co/cc196wXs5E</a>

— Spencer Cox (@SpencerJCox) <a href=”https://twitter.com/SpencerJCox/status/948984093219348480?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>January 4, 2018</a></blockquote><blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” data-lang=”en”><p lang=”en” xml:lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>R.I.P. Matt Hillyard <a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/utpol?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>#utpol</a> <a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/utleg?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>#utleg</a> <a href=”https://t.co/YVhPDSO4A1″>pic.twitter.com/YVhPDSO4A1</a>

— Todd Weiler (@gopTODD) <a href=”https://twitter.com/gopTODD/status/948991400460238849?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>January 4, 2018</a></blockquote><blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” data-lang=”en”><p lang=”en” xml:lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>I am so sorry to hear of the passing of sweet Matt Hillyard. When I was Sen. Hillyard’s intern he was like my little brother. The world’s a little darker today without Matt’s light. Hugs to Alice and <a href=”https://twitter.com/SenLyleHillyard?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>@SenLyleHillyard</a> <a href=”https://t.co/NgTzaCSTR9″>https://t.co/NgTzaCSTR9</a>

— Angie Stallings (@StallingsUT) <a href=”https://twitter.com/StallingsUT/status/948994882252632064?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>January 4, 2018</a></blockquote><blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” data-lang=”en”><p lang=”en” xml:lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>Deeply saddened at this news. My deepest sympathies to the Hillyard family. Matt brought joy to so many. He will be missed. <a href=”https://t.co/MvDnjTNL4X”>https://t.co/MvDnjTNL4X</a>

— Sharon (@SharonGF_NBCT) <a href=”https://twitter.com/SharonGF_NBCT/status/948986661769117697?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>January 4, 2018</a></blockquote><blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” data-lang=”en”><p lang=”en” xml:lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>Matt Hillyard was a bright light in the Utah Senate and always welcomed me back to the Capitol with a hug and huge smile. You will be missed. <a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/utpol?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>#utpol</a>

— Ben McAdams (@BenMcAdams) <a href=”https://twitter.com/BenMcAdams/status/948999157577994240?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>January 4, 2018</a></blockquote>

Videos on Twitter show Hillyard singing karaoke in the capital’s rotunda as part of his annual birthday celebration.

<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” data-lang=”en”><p lang=”en” xml:lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>Matt Hillyard’s annual karaoke party in the Rotunda! <a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/singingintherain?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>#singingintherain</a> <a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/utleg?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>#utleg</a> <a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/utpol?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>#utpol</a> <a href=”https://twitter.com/SenLyleHillyard?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>@SenLyleHillyard</a> <a href=”https://t.co/uvcOwh54Ao”>pic.twitter.com/uvcOwh54Ao</a>

— Utah Senate (@utahsenate) <a href=”https://twitter.com/utahsenate/status/824034864231919617?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>January 24, 2017</a></blockquote>

The Matthew David Hillyard Endowment Scholarship Fund provides students financial support in Utah State University’s Special Education Department. Hillyard’s family established the fund after he was born with Down syndrome.

He was <a href=”http://www.cachevalleydaily.com/news/local/article_2f8005f2-1fd2-11e7-bea3-47f2a38c0879.html” target=”_blank”>recognized in April</a> as an honorary member of the Logan Kiwanis Club.

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