Sweetwater County Commissioner passes after lengthy battle with cancer

SWEETWATER COUNTY, WYO – Sweetwater County Sheriff’s Office acknowledged the passing of longtime County Commissioner Don Van Matre of Green River. Van Matre passed away at the Sweetwater County Memorial Hospital at approximately 2:30am this morning following a lengthy battle with cancer.

“It is with the deepest regret and sorrow that the Sweetwater County Commissioners must acknowledge and inform the community of the death of our dear friend and fellow Commissioner,” the board stated in a release today.

Van Matre was originally hired by Sweetwater County as the Director of Veteran Services and served in that capacity from July 1, 2008 until December 29, 2010. After that, Van Matre served as County Commissioner from December 30, 2010 until his death on May 2, 2019.

“Commissioner Van Matre was a true patriot, a positive leader on the Commission, and a dedicated advocate for the City of Green River, Sweetwater County, and the State of Wyoming,” the board stated. “His vitality, spirit and cooperation will be missed by all.”

The Board of County Commissioners extends its deepest condolences to the family and friends of Commissioner Van Matre, and respectfully asks the community to support them during this difficult time.

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