Matthew Ryan Simmons

Matthew Ryan Simmons

February 07, 1980 - December 12, 2008

Matthew Ryan Simmons

February 07, 1980 - December 12, 2008


Matthew Ryan Simmons was born on February 7, 1980 in Fullerton, California to his biological parents Hope Cornejo and Kevin Rainey but adopted by John and Cindi Simmons. Matthew went home to be with the Lord on December 12, 2008 in Savannah, Georgia at the age of 28. Matthew grew up in Mission Viejo, California with his parents and brothers and sisters Nathan, Alyssa, Bethany and Taylor. He grew up loving trains, match box cars, cats, challenging puzzles, playing cards and board games. He loved growing up going camping with his family during the summer in Lake Tahoe. He would not give anything to sit around camp fires with his family, go hiking, watch the stars, and swim in the lake. Matthew always kept everything very organized. He graduated from Mission Viejo Highschool in 1999 and shortly after joined the Air Force. He was in the Air Force for seven years and during that time was deployed to South Korea for a year in 2004. Matthew met and married his wife Michelle Simmons of seven years in 2001 and than started a beautiful family. He was a wonderful father to Ariana, Shakira, Cayson, Elijah, and Jeremiah. Matt loved being with his kids and would do anything for them. His kids were his world. Matthew left the Air Force to join the Army in June 2006 and was stationed at Fort Stewart Army base in Savannah, Georgia with his family. He was than deployed to Afghanistan in November 2006 for fifteen months. While over seas he was a chaplain assistant to Chaplain Greg Mc Vey who Matt became good friends and battle buddies with. They stuck together and learned alot from each other. Matthew returned to Fort Stewart February 2008. He loved being with his wife and kids. Matthew is remembered as a loving dad, a great friend, and a hero to many. His favorite carton was Spongebob Squarepants. He loved watching a good movie and got a kick out of inviting everyone to his gun show. Matthew was extremely proud to serve his country. He loved to travel and see new places and learn about new things. He loved the San Diego Chargers. They were his team. He loved watching and following the Chargers wins/losses. Matthew will be missed by so many people. He had touched so many lives in his 28 years here on earth. We love you Matthew Ryan Simmons.

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8 responses to Matthew Ryan Simmons

  1. As a soldier, Matt was one of many heroes. His true measure of courage, determination, loyalty, devotion, and love came as a dad. That’s what made him a hero in our eyes. We love you, Matt.

  2. Happy 4th of July Matt! thank you for serving our country and for your hard work. You are my hero and so many others as well. i love you and miss you. <3

  3. I never knew Matthew Simmons. I was in traffic the other day and saw a decal with his Memorial on the back windshield of a vehicle driving in Lake Forest. I thought how beautiful gesture to remember someone. I searched the internet and learned a bit about him. Hope this helps sharing this with those who may still grieve.

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