Deputy who died of colon cancer laid to rest

The funeral procession for Deputy Matt Chatfield. (Dec. 6, 2015)

GRANDVILLE, Mich. (WOOD) — A large crowd gathered Sunday to celebrate the life of an Ottawa County sheriff’s deputy who died after a battle with cancer.

Friends, loved ones and community members attended the funeral of Deputy Matt Chatfield at Resurrection Life Church in Grandville.

Undated courtesy photo of Matt Chatfied.
Undated courtesy photo of Matt Chatfield.

“I just loved him so much, and I want to say thank you to everyone coming out today as well. It means a lot to both of us,” said his brother, Mike Chatfield.

Matt Chatfield was diagnosed with colon cancer last year. After multiple surgeries and weeks of chemotherapy, family members hoped he beat it, but it came back.

He passed away at his home in Georgetown Township on Thanksgiving. He was 39. He leaves behind a wife and three children.

Chatfield spent his life serving others, both on and off the clock. When he wasn’t working as a deputy for the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office, he was coaching his children’s sports teams.

A fund has been set up at Lake Michigan Credit Union for his children’s education.

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