Austin Curtis Matschiner, 12, of Hammond, died Sunday, May 10, 2009, in Hammond.

He was born Jan. 25, 1997, in Seaside, to Melissa Anne Westley and Mark Steven Matschiner. Surviving are his mother in Hammond, his father in Gearhart and his stepfather, Ben Small, in Astoria.

Austin was raised in Gearhart and attended Warrenton Grade School. He was baptized Aug. 17, 2008, into the North Coast Family Fellowship Church.

Family members said he had a love for life and the outdoors, and was an avid hunter and fisherman. He loved skateboarding, playing his video games, the drums and guitar. He especially loved his two little sisters.

In addition to his parents and stepfather, he is survived by two sisters, Hannah Nicole and Ivorey-Rose Jean Westley of Hammond; three grandparents, Lezlie Westley and her significant other, Paul McDonald, and Kurt Westley and his fiancée, Karree Edwards, all of Astoria, and Ginny Grasle and her significant other, Jim Archer, of Portland; three uncles and three aunts, Jeff and Cynthia Westley of Knappa, Mike Matschiner and Patrick Booth of Portland, Kathey Matschiner of Los Angeles and Tina Matschiner of Nebraska; three cousins, Kristine Basel and Lacey Hippensteel of Astoria and Cameron Westley of Knappa; and numerous other aunts, uncles and cousins.

A celebration of life will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the North Coast Family Fellowship Church, 2245 N. Wahanna Road in Seaside.

Memorial contributions may be made in Austin Matschiner's name at any Bank of America location or in care of Caldwell's Luce-Layton Mortuary, 1165 Franklin Ave., Astoria, OR 97103.


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