Matthew Timothy Polyhronakis, 26, died tragically on April 2 in a single car automobile accident in northern California near his home.
Matt was born in Salinas on July 26, 1991, and spent his early years there. He moved to northern California in 2004, and then lived in Las Vegas and Yuma Arizona before returning to California. Along his short journey in this world, Matt touched many people with his beautiful soul, his humor, music, and smile.
He was incredibly intelligent, and from a young age he could carry on a conversation about bugs, electricity or the universe. No matter the topic, Matt instinctively knew something about it. He never met a person he could not connect with at some level, and people who met him always remembered him. He spent a summer in Greece immersing himself in his Greek roots and visiting family. That trip and his time spent working at the annual Greek Festivals in Santa Cruz, brought Matt genuine peace and nourished his connections to his ethnicity and spiritual being.
Matt is survived by his mother, Kimberly Polyhronakis (Adan Estrada), his grandmother Ellen Curtis, grandmother Karen Rosaaen, great aunts Boo, Martha, Linda and Cathye, his brother Michael, sisters Calista Garcia and Mary Ellen (Aaron) North, aunts Sophie Polyhronakis (Rufino Madrigal), Dena Polyhronakis (Brian Murphy), Leah and Caitlin Curtis, uncles Cortlandt, Chris, Jeff and Matthew Rosaaen, Aaron, Damian and Garth Curtis, niece Athena North, nephews Glenden Polyhronakis, Desmond and Nathaniel North, cousins Frank, Jake, and Casey Gombos, and more friends and relatives than can be listed. Services will be held on Thursday, April 12 at 1:00 pm at the Prophet Elias Greek church in Santa Cruz, and a reception will follow.