Obituaries: Fails, Johnson, Navarro, Gollobith, Slaughter - Cheyenne, WY Cap City News
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Obituaries: Fails, Johnson, Navarro, Gollobith, Slaughter

Matthew J. Fails

Matthew Fails, Matt to his friends and family, passed away Wednesday, November 17, 2021. Those who were close to him remember how he loved to gaze at the stars, his adoration for his dogs, that he was an avid reader with a thirst for knowledge, and how much he loved video games. Mass Effect, Skyrim, And Zelda: Ocarina of Time were some of his favorites.

Matt was intensely creative with many outlets for his creativity. He loved cooking and would often play around with recipes. He relished in expressing affection for others through his food. He enjoyed photography, science and engineering, and experimenting with different hairstyles. He was often affectionately referred to as “The rock star of the office” by his co-workers, due to the bright colors and edgy styles he adorned.

Matt was incredibly hard working and determined. He recently earned his Masters Electrician License. He had plans to get his general contractors license with aspirations of starting his own business, “Never Fails Electric.” He was smart, meticulous, and had a quick-witted sense of humor.

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Most of all, the people close to Matt remember his kindness, his compassion, and his generosity. Matt felt a deep responsibility to help anyone he could in any manner possible. He would often go out if his way to donate his time, knowledge, and other resources to those whom needed it. He knew that it was the little things that made all the difference in a person’s day and ultimately, a person’s life. Matt knew this because of all the acts of kindness and support he received from those he cared about during his lifetime. Witnessing and being on the receiving end of the gentle way he interacted with those around him, has left a lasting impact on his family, friends, and countless others.

Matt is survived by family in Wyoming, Oklahoma, Illinois, Wisconsin, Georgia, Idaho and Florida along with a legion of coworkers and friends, all of whom he considered family as well. He was loved by many and it is felt in abundance during this agonizing time without him.

Those wishing to make a donation in Matt’s honor may do so to Grace For 2 Brothers. Link for their website is and the phone number is 307-256-3344.

Pat Jospeh Johnson

Pat Joseph Johnson, 60, of Cheyenne, passed away on November 19, 2021. He was born on August 25, 1959 in Copaigue, New York. Pat grew up in Long Island, New York. He was a part of the United States Air Force for four years, then became a preacher, and was an avid motorcycle rider and gun collector.

Pat moved to Colorado, then lived in Cheyenne and loved the area.

He is survived by his siblings Sheila, Dawn, Sharon, and beloved brother Larry; and his sons Jeramiah and Patrick II.

Juan DeLaCruz Navarro

Juan DeLaCruz Navarro, 94, of Cheyenne passed away on November 19th in Cheyenne. He was born November 24, 1926 in Loredo, Texas to Simon and Eluteria Navarro. Juan retired as a section man for the Union Pacific Railroad. His favorite hobby was working out in his yard.

Juan is survived by his children, Mary Ramirez of Mesa, Arizona, Ruth Lozano of Albuquerque, New Mexico, Richard Navarro, Ray Navarro, Barbara Cuevas and Anthony Navarro, all of Cheyenne; 15 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Pauline; a son, Arthur Navarro; and his siblings.

Vigil for the Deceased will be Monday, November 29th, 6:00 p.m., at Wiederspahn-Radomsky Chapel. Funeral Liturgy will be Tuesday, November 30th, 10:00 a.m., at St. Mary’s Cathedral. Interment will follow at Cheyenne Memorial Gardens.

R. Elaine Gollobith

R. Elaine Gollobith, 81, of Cheyenne, Wyoming passed away Saturday, November 20,2021. She was born on August 4th, 1940 in Saint Francis, Kansas to Raymond and Pearl Davis Hilborn.

Elaine is survived by her three sons Loren E., Warren, and Paul. She has 11 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband Loren J. Gollobith, whom she married in July of 1959.

Elaine requested no services, however, a memorial service will be held in the spring of 2022. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in her memory to Laramie County Relay for Life (ACS).

Charles Lewis Slaughter

Charles Lewis Slaughter, 69, of Cheyenne, passed away November 15 at his home.

He was born January 13, 1952 in San Marcos, Texas, to David and Madalyn Slaughter.  The family moved to Cheyenne in 1958 where he later graduated from Central High School and attended the University of Wyoming. 

He enjoyed walking everywhere, and he loved good food and good music, especially 1970’s rock.  He had strong opinions, but he was a peaceful man.

He was preceded in death by his parents. 

He is survived by siblings, Barbara Reachel, Lyn Ross and David Slaughter of Cheyenne and Sandra Maxey of Littleton, CO; as well as nieces, Michelle Jackson, Kim Summers and Madalyn Maxey; nephews, Michael Reachel, Jay Ross, and Robert Reachel; and great nephews, Isaiah Ross, Zachary McCord, Devon Jackson, Marcus Reachel and Carson Evans.

Private family services will be held.  Condolences may be offered at

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