Matthew “Matt” Stephen Rivette, 45, of Orange died Wednesday, May 12, 2010, at his home. Funeral services will be 2 p.m., Sunday, May 16 at Claybar Funeral Home Chapel in Orange. Officiating will be the Rev. Joseph P. Daleo of St. Mary Catholic Church in Orange. Burial will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Orange. Visitation will be from 5-9 p.m., Saturday, at the funeral home.

Born in Beaumont, Texas on Nov. 27, 1964, raised in Bridge City, Matt was a generous, beloved friend to many, an avid fisherman and a loving husband, father, son and brother. Matt enjoyed amusing his co-workers at Sabine River Authority for over 27 years. He will be sorely missed by all who loved him.

Matt is survived by his wife of 12 years, Susan (Montgomery) Rivette of Orange; daughter, Katrina Rivette of San Jose, Calif.; parents, Dudley and Anna (Merendino) Rivette of Canyon Lake, Texas; sister, Rebecca Rivette Adams of Spring; and brother, Zachary Rivette of Austin.

Matt loved working his bamboo gardens when he was not out on his boat looking for fish. He even brought this love of fish home with him by building a koi pond in his yard and a huge 170-gallon fish tank inside. Matt we love you and hope the fish are biting in heaven. You will live in our memories forever!

Serving as pallbearers will be Dudley Rivette, Zachary Rivette, David Montgomery, Joey Rubel, Jamie East and Trey Reeves.

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