April 24th, 2010

Matt Gumbel passes away

The following is from a family blog dedicated to Matt Gumbel, the last of seven Tesoro refinery explosion victims to die from injuries sustained on Friday, April 2:

Saturday, April 24, 2010 12:56 PM, PDT
Matt was in emergency exploratory surgery for several hours. Even after they did the surgery they didn’t really know what caused the multiple organ failure and the swelling. Dr. Pham told us that Matt’s chances of surviving were very slim. Matt fought a good fight and I think his body was telling us that it was tired and he didn’t have the fight left in him. I told him I love him, he fought a good fight and it was okay if he couldn’t fight anymore. Several family members, friends and some of our Tesoro family members were able to tell him goodbye. He passed away at 2:45 a.m.
Matt was a wonderful person, son, brother, uncle, nephew, grandson, friend and co-worker. We will all truly miss him and never forget him.
I brought him into this world and I watched him go. I know that he is now in a better place and isn’t suffering anymore but that doesn’t help right now. Please help give us strength the next few days, months and years. We love all of you and can’t thank you enough for everything you have done for us. It means the world to us. We will never forget all of the prayers, love and support you have given all of us. I know he is now in God’s hands and he will take good care of him.

Shauna, Paul, Amy and Cody

Steve Berentson

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