Matthew John LaFountain, 57, died peacefully at his home in Brandon, Vermont on January 10, 2019, where he resided with his foster parents, Mr. Thomas and Mrs. Jennifer Hobbs. Mr. LaFountain was born in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, on June 16, 1961. Mr. LaFountain moved with his family to Vermont in 1969 and, being one of the pioneering students under the Education for All Handicapped Children Act, graduated from a Vocational/Technical program at Rutland High School in 1982.
Mr. LaFountain resided in Middlebury, Vermont for most of his adult life. He was employed at Maplefields in Middlebury, from which he retired in September, 2018, and he enjoyed annual vacations at Silver Towers Camp in Ripton for many years. Mr. LaFountain was a lifelong athlete and competed in Special Olympics Vermont events from 1971 through 2010. Over the years Mr. LaFountain competed both as an individual in events including swimming and running, and on teams in soccer and basketball. He also enjoyed bowling, dancing, movies, and dining out. For several years Mr. LaFountain bowled in a league with his friends, and on many occasions with his father. He was a regular patron of Green Peppers, Rosie’s, and McDonalds in Middlebury. Spending time with his family was one of the great joys throughout his life. An avid fan of pop music, Mr. LaFountain amassed a large collection of albums and CD’s over his lifetime.
Mr. LaFountain, beloved center of his family, is survived by his father, John LaFountain, of Rutland, sister Ann (LaFountain) Rogers of Hebron, CT, sister Sue Ellen LaFountain of Columbia, MD, foster parents Thomas and Jennifer Hobbs of Brandon, two nieces, three nephews, and a multitude of cousins, aunts, uncles, and friends. Mr. LaFountain is predeceased by his mother, Audrey LaFountain, formerly of Rutland. A memorial service will be held on February 1, 2019, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Hobbs’ residence in Brandon. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Special Olympics Vermont