Matthew Valencia, 27, dies in Peru bus accident |

Matthew Valencia, 27, dies in Peru bus accident

Matthew Valencia

A memorial service is scheduled in Missouri for Summit County resident Matthew Bryan Valencia, 27, who died in a bus accident in Cuzco, Peru, on Feb. 28.

Valencia was born Dec. 23, 1978, in Kansas City, Mo. He was a true lover of adventure and was living his dream of seeing the world step by step. His travel adventures began after graduation from Raytown South High School. Valencia made Summit County his home base for the next eight years. He was an electrician running commercial and residential projects for a local electrical contractor.

Valencia’s passion was the outdoors, and he shared this passion with his many friends and family. The last two months of Valencia’s life were spent in South America. While in Ecuador, he climbed to the 20,700-foot summit of Mount Chimborazo and was surfing the Pacific at Montanita by the end of the week. He was traveling by bus to Cuzco, Peru, with plans to hike the Inca Trail.Valencia is survived by his parents, Greg and Ania; his brother Aaron; and a large loving family of aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. today at One Spirit United Methodist Church in Raytown, Mo. Burial in Longview Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to: The Matthew Valencia Scholarship at Amigos De Las Americas, P.O. Box 6182, Leawood, KS 66206.

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