Matthew Donald Learn, 28, Utrecht, the Netherlands

Published 10:32 am Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Matthew Donald Learn, 28, of Utrecht, the Netherlands, formerly of Myrtle, Minn., died Monday, Jan. 28, 2013, at the University Medical Center in Utrecht.

Matthew D. Learn

Matthew was born in Austin, Minn., on Aug. 21, 1984, to Leo and Julie (Fett) Learn. He was baptized at First Lutheran Church, in Glenville and confirmed at Bethlehem Lutheran Church. He graduated from Glenville-Emmons High School in 2002. He attended the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis and graduated from Mankato State University with a degree in business. While studying abroad in France, he met the love of his life, Desi Staykova of Sofia, Bulgaria. On July 25, 2010, Matthew married Desi at the St. Sofia Bulgarian Orthodox Church in Sofia. In the fall of 2010, Matthew received his masters degree in business from Erasmus University in Rotterdam. After graduating, Matthew and Desi moved to Utrecht.

Matt was preceded in death by grandparents James Fett and Donald and Phyllis Learn; great grandmother, Marjorie Schauer; and cousins Jeremey Learn and Nicole Fett.

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He is survived by his wife, Desislava Staykova-Learn, Utrecht; parents, Leo and Julie Learn, Lyle, Minn.; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Walter Staykov and Kamelia Terzieva, Sofia; siblings, April and Eric Kline, Austin, Arianne and Shane Gustitus, Nicollet, Minn., Brandon and Felicia Learn, Lyle; nieces and nephews, Raistlyn and Elijah Kline, Jaxon Learn, and Tenley Gustitus; grandparents, Shirley and Vince Adams, Glenville, Minn.; many aunts, uncles and cousins.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013, at the Clasen-Jordan Mortuary with the Rev. Kristi Koppel officiating. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at Clasen-Jordan Mortuary and for one hour before the service. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the American Cancer Society or to the family so a scholarship can be set up in Matthew’s name.