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UPDATE for Burial:
For those going direct to Quantico National Cemetery on Friday 20Oct17, please arrive no later than 0930. Again address is 18424 Joplin Rd Triangle, VA 22172
The reception at the Clubs at Quantico will be held in the Officer’s Lounge. If you are looking at the building it’s on the right side. Enter through the doors and the lounge is on the right. To board the base be prepared to show id. If asked, and you may not be, just advise you are going to a reception at the club. Again address is 3017 Russell Rd Quantico, VA 22134. Celebration of life reception will begin at 1130. Please join us.
There is no time change (0845) for those meeting at Miller Funeral Home and following the hearse.
We will be laying Matt to rest on Friday 20Oct17 at Quantico National Cemetery. Though we are disappointed our petition to have Matt laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery was denied, we are at peace with our decision; Quantico National Cemetery is a beautiful location. Below is information about the burial. We cannot thank everyone enough for your love, support and prayers through this difficult time. We want to stress no one should feel like they have to make another trip to Virginia or feel obligated to attend. Everyone is welcome but we know this has been a long three part process.
The family and anyone who would like to follow the hearse in their own vehicle, we will meet at Miller Funeral Home (where the viewing was held) located at 3200 Golansky Blvd Woodbridge, VA 22192 at 0845 and leave to drive to cemetery at 0900.
For those who wish to go direct to the cemetery, Quantico National Cemetery located at 18424 Joplin Rd, Triangle, VA 22172. Please be at the admin building between 0845-0900 and wait until the hearse arrives.
Following the service we will hold a reception at The Clubs at Quantico onboard Quantico Marine Corps Base located at 3017 Russell Rd, Quantico, VA 22134. All are welcome to attend.
If you plan to attend, please reach out to my parents, Corrie, Chris/Lauren or myself so we can ensure we have enough food at reception.
We will have visitation at Miller Funeral Home located at 3200 Golansky Blvd Woodbridge, VA on Tuesday 06Jun17 from 5pm-8pm.
Memorial Mass Service:
We will have a memorial mass service at St Elizabeth Ann Seton Church located at 12805 Valleywood Dr. Woodbridge, VA on Wednesday 07Jun17 11:00am.
It's hard to figure out where to start writing Matt's story, I guess with the obvious... Matt was a loving husband to Corrie and father to Layla (6) and Charlotte (2). He was the youngest of Phil and Michael's three children, and often referred to as "their favorite" by his siblings Elizabeth and Chris. In his younger years he enjoyed soccer and football. But where he really shined was on the ice hockey rink, though at times it seemed like he 'owned' the penalty box. In high school he excelled at school and was the head of JROTC. He was early accepted to the United State Military Academy at West Point (Class of 05). On his 18th birthday he defied his mother and jumped out of a perfectly good airplane. This single event led to his love of skydiving and becoming a member of the Black Knights, West Point's parachute team. Matt was one of two cadets to ever attend and graduate Military Freefall School making his HALO jump and earning his wings. Following West Point, Matt became a Black Hawk helicopter pilot with duty stations at Fort Rucker, Fort Campbell and Fort Bragg. He was assigned to the 101st Airborne and 3rd Special Forces Group. He did two year long tours of duty to Afghanistan during his time in the Army. Matt became an avid runner and competed in numerous ultra marathons including the JFK 50 Miler, Massanutten Mountain Trails 100 Mile Run, and Western States 100-Mile Endurance Run to name a few. Post-Army, Matt worked with Macy's Corporation in Northern Virginia where he was repeatedly promoted and was amazing at dealing with people. We were always so proud of him.
What else about Matt? So many things, he could have entire conversations in movie and TV Quotes. He enjoyed mocking the Bachelor/Bachelorette with Corrie. From the time he stole his sister's Pet Sounds Beach Boys Album when he was in elementary school he began a love affair with all things Beach Boys. Matt is the reason his brother Chris has a scar on his eyebrow because he threw Battlecat (from He-Man) at Chris when we were kids. He loved taking Layla on Daddy-Daughter sushi dates and was also nicknamed the "Charlotte Whisper" due to his ability to be the only one to soothe Charlotte.
Matt was loved immensely by his family, friends, co-workers and employees. He loved us all in return.
Matthew means "Gift from God" (a fact we often teased him about) and now he is with God.
Rest in Peace Matty.
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