Every Life Has A Story
Mathew Manning (Nov 28, 1980 - Dec 05, 2015)
Mathew Manning was a beautiful person, inside and out. Mat was very close to his family and collected many lifelong friends. Growing up, he was the youngest of four children, with three older sisters who loved, adored, protected and spoiled him. As an adult, Mat was an enthusiastic outdoorsman and enjoyed hunting, camping and playing golf. His “need for speed” passion was fulfilled by racing four-wheelers and motorcycles. A skilled handyman, he could build and fix anything. Mat enjoyed volunteering for youth wrestling camps.
In a written tribute to Mat, his co-workers from Oakdale Iowa Medical Classification Center recalled his memorable gifts to them; “Gifts of your knowledge, your fist-bump embrace, and the gift of the smiles you left all over the place.”
His wife Katie lovingly remembers his unique marriage proposal and will never forget the look on his face when he first saw her on their wedding day.
Because of Mat’s genuine and caring personality, it was no surprise to his family that he was a registered donor. Always giving the best of himself to others, his loving parents and grandparents understand the impact of his final gifts through cornea and tissue donation.
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