Matthew Charles Smith
Matthew Charles Smith, 34, passed away in the arms of his loving mother on Friday, Jan. 12, 2018, in Oklahoma City.
Funeral will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018, at Comanche Nation Funeral Home Chapel.
Matthew Charles Smith was born Jan. 14, 1983, in Lawton to Houston and Teri Smith at the Lawton Indian Hospital weighing 10 lbs 3 oz. He was the second oldest of four children. He graduated from Eisenhower High School with the class of 2002.
Matthew, also known as Matt in the Hat, was an amazing, talented man who is loved, missed and will always be cherished by his family and friends. He was a free spirit who enjoyed making incredible art, photography, music and poetry. He had a love and passion for animals like no other. He cherished his 100-pound Sulcata tortoise Tank, his Russian tortoise Yertle and his beloved dog Sasha. Matthew was always there for his family, especially his sister, and helped raised his nephew, DJ. He enjoyed being outdoors, taking trips to the ocean and hikes up Mount Scott. He also loved to watch The Cooking Channel and his favorite TV shows with friends. Matthew enjoyed cooking and would make his famous "Matt in the Hat Burgers" for his family and friends.
Matthew was never a stranger to anyone. He enjoyed helping others and created a Facebook page to help other recovering addicts. He once stated, "I refuse to let you walk the path alone, and in here you are not fighting the battle alone." He undoubtedly left his mark on his community and will be greatly missed by many people.
Matthew is survived by his parents: Teri Smith of Lawton, and Houston Smith of Alexandria, Va.; siblings: Chris Smith of Tulsa, Jacob Smith and wife Cindy Smith of Lawton, and Brittni Smith of Lawton; grandparents: Jean Freese of Lawton, and Johnnie Smith of Lawton; nephews and nieces: DJ Menefee, Chris Smith Jr., Tyler Smith and Sydney Smith; and many aunts, uncles, cousins and numerous friends.
Matthew was preceded in death by his paternal grandmother, Magda Smith; maternal grandfather, Harvey Freese; and uncles: Larry Freese and Jimmy Freese.
In lieu of flowers the family requested monetary donations to Matthew Smith's bank account at Fort Sill Federal Credit Union.
Viewing will be from 2 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018, at the funeral home.