Vigil held for killed rock climber Matthew Del Grosso

LOGAN – Friends and family of Matthew Del Grosso met at the mouth of Green Canyon Thursday night for a candlelight vigil to remember the 23-year-old who died in a rock climbing accident the previous week in the same canyon.

Those who attended the vigil shared memories of the outdoor-loving USU student. Friends of Del Grosso remembered him as being a positive, free spirited, fun-loving and energetic guy, but very smart and passionate about science.

“He made everything big, like a tremendous adventure,” said Erin Reeder, who was a friend of Del Grosso. “It didn’t matter if plans went sour or things got dirty, it was the best time you ever had.”

There were many tears shed during the vigil, but there were also plenty of laughs when friends of Del Grosso recalled the funny things he would do during their time spent together.

“You can’t not laugh when you think of Matt,” Reeder said.

Del Grosso’s father, Nick Del Grosso said there is a lot to be learned from his son.

“Everyday when I think about him I think I’ll be learning something from him,” he said. “If I keep it in mind I can think, ‘Hey, I can be more spontaneous. I can be fearless and I can be better at making friends and keeping those relationships and just seeing the bright side of things. Don’t let small things get you down. Don’t let small people get you down.”

Matthew Del Grosso’s aunt Gina Del Grosso said she would be glad if her daughter turned out “even a little bit like him.”

“I would have loved him if he was not blood,” she said. “He was just the most joyous person.”

Matthew Del Grosso’s mother, Marcy Del Grosso said she is happy her son always chose good people to be around.

“While we’re heartbroken we won’t see where he goes, we’re just thrilled where he went,” she said.

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