Saturday, December 4, 2010
Marine Sgt. Matthew Abbate, age 26, died December 2, 2010, while on duty in Afghanistan.
Even as a little boy, Matt Abbate always wanted to be a Marine. Matthew Abbate lived with his father and stepmother in Piedmont, California, from the age of 4. He attended Beach Elementary School, Piedmont Middle School and spent his freshman year at Piedmont High School before moving to Fresno to live with his mother and stepfather, Karen and James Binion.
He attended Buchanan High School there for three years before graduating from Sierra Charter School in 2002. After graduation, Matthew Abbate moved to Hawaii, where he landed a job on the Norwegian Star cruise ship. He wanted to see the world, and he got his wish, traveling through the Panama Canal and throughout Asia to Thailand, Australia and Fiji. But he never gave up his dream to become a Marine, and by age 20 he had joined the Corps. He loved it so much he re-enlisted. Matthew had already done a 10-month tour of duty in Iraq and spent the past year in sniper training before shipping out for Afghanistan about three months ago.
In addition to his parents, Matthew Abbate is survived by his wife, Stacie Rigall, and son, Carson, 2; a brother, Elliott Abbate; and sisters Nikki Abbate, Valerie Binion and Kelly Binion.
Let us pray to God the Father, Jesus, all of the saints and all of the angels that Matthew Abbate is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen
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