Matthew Paul Dickson, 39, died March 25, 2021. Matt was a husband, son, brother, uncle, grandson, son-in-law, veteran. He was all of these things and also so very much more. He was a crazy good dancer, a lover of a good scotch, and was aggressively competitive at all sports and games. He had the greatest smile and, based on his own judgment, an award-winning beard. If you were loved by Matt, you would find no greater champion.
Matt married Brittany Scotto on October 8, 2016 in Kansas City. He loved his wife Britt. She was his person and the life they built together was uniquely theirs: beautiful, funny, spontaneous and wonderful. She was his light and his life.
He loved his parents Mike and Leslie. He got his sense of duty and commitment to family, community and country from them. Having their love meant the world to him.
He loved his siblings by birth (Michelle and Brett) and his siblings by marriage (Lee and Brittany). As the oldest, it was his job to both protect and annoy them, and he took both seriously. He saw being a brother as a privilege.
He loved his nieces and nephew, and all of his friends’ children who also called him Uncle Matt. While he planned on being a dad, he already excelled at being an uncle. Being Uncle Matt let his sense of humor and silliness shine, and he was so proud of Ellie, Kaylie, Claire and Carter.
Matt was a director at a digital marketing agency in Kansas City.
He loved his friends. While too numerous to list here, his friends were so important to him. Whether it was with his Marine brothers-in-arms, in the backyard around a fire pit, at a musical festival, playing golf, or just hanging out in the driveway with a few beers, he thrived being in the middle of the fray. His friends fed his soul.
He loved his dogs, Wrigley and Ivy. They were his companions, his playmates, his partners in crime.
Matt was beloved by an army of friends, family and coworkers who will miss his insane wit, his belly laugh, his intense sense of humor, his cooking, and his solid IPA recommendations. There is no greater privilege to have known him and no greater tragedy to have lost him.
Matt is survived by his wife, Brittany; parents, Mike and Leslie Dickson; sister, Michelle (Lee) Curby; brother, Brett (Brittany) Dickson; grandmother, Bonnie Dickson; nephew, Carter; and nieces, Claire, Ellie, and Kaylie.
A viewing procession at First Congregational United Church of Christ at 2100 S Bates Ave, Springfield, IL will be held on Friday, April 2nd from 10:30am to 1:00pm. All are welcome to pay their respects during the viewing procession. Properly worn face masks and 6 feet of social distance is required. Private graveside services will be held later at Camp Butler National Cemetery with Pastor Dan Dexter officiating. Military Honors will be provided by Marine Corps Honor Guard.
Because Matt was a Purple Heart-honored veteran, and service to his country as a Marine was so important to him, his wife and family are asking for donations be sent in lieu of flowers to one of the following organizations. Please include ‘in memory of Matthew P. Dickson’.
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