The mortal journey of our dearly loved son, brother, grandson, nephew, cousin and friend ended on Jan. 27th, 2022. Matthew was born in Sandy, Utah on May 4, 2004. He was always thrilled to call Star Wars Day his birthday. He was the youngest of 8 children, having 3 brothers and 4 sisters, who so wonderfully doted on him, he required the services of a speech pathologist to start talking.\n\nFrom early on Matthew demonstrated an innate ability to empathize with and accept those around him without ridicule or judgment. He was sensitive to the feelings of others, always reaching out to be sure they were safe and cared for. He possessed a talent and love of writing and was working on an adventure novel he hoped to one day publish.\n\nIn Middle School years he developed a strong desire to serve his country as a Marine. He ate, slept, drank, worked out and studied everything military, his greatest military role model being Chris Kyle.\n\nHe loved “doggos,” especially his pets Ellie and Rylie and his adopted dog, Lulu. He loved how sensitive and intuitive they were, and how they could love and forgive without condition. He was always snapping pictures of them.\nHe immensely enjoyed being with his siblings. Thursday nights with them became a regular occurrence which he rarely missed. He would laugh and joke with them for hours and also seek their company individually. They became his very best friends.\n\nMatthew is survived by his father, Robert (Susan) Woodruff, his mother Sheri Woodruff (Chuck Kramer), Grandfather, Sherron Woodruff. His siblings, Andrew (Sarah) Woodruff, Sarah Woodruff, Aubrey Woodruff, Amy (Nick) Kelly and new nephew Jameson, Michael (Sebastian) Issa, Karlie Woodruff and Nathan Woodruff (Charlee Bigler). He also is survived by many wonderful, loving and supportive Aunts, Uncles and Cousins.\n\nA viewing will be held Tuesday, February 1st, from 6-8 pm at Jenkins-Soffe Mortuary South Valley (1007 W South Jordan Pkwy), with Funeral Services beginning at 11:00 am on Wednesday February 2nd at the same location. A second viewing will be held one hour prior to Funeral Services. Interment will be at Redwood Memorial Cemetery.\n\nIn lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to a Military Veterans Charity of your choice.\n\nThe family also wishes to thank all the professionals who worked with and loved Matthew, and all who have offered their prayers, support and love in so many wonderful ways. You have made a difficult journey much easier to bear.