January 7, 1966 ~ August 23, 2007
Matthew Hirai Wetmore
Matthew Hirai Wetmore, age 41, passed away in Hawthorne, Ca. on August 23 after a 3 year fight with stomach cancer. Matthew was born Jan. 7, 1966 in Rochester, NY and grew up in Ormond Beach, FL. A 1984 graduate of Seabreeze HS, he was in the band and drama club, and was voted "Most Dependable" by his peers.
Matthew was a United States Marine Sergeant from 1984-1997. Known by his call-sign "Odie", he was a highly decorated disabled war veteran serving in Desert Storm, the Liberation of Kuwait, and the 1989 Valdez clean-up. He was a CH-46 helicopter Crewchief, Flight Engineer and Naval Rescue Swimmer. Matthew became an Aerospace Quality Engineer for TRW and later with Northrop Grumman. He worked on Milstar and other important satellite programs and was a key member of a successful Six Sigma Team.
Matthew met his soulmate, Lisa J. Goolsby, in August 2000 and they were married in May 2002. He is survived by his adoring wife, his cherished and loving mother Fukiko "Joyce" Wetmore of Ormond Beach, FL, his brothers Russel of Atlanta, GA and David of Johnstown, OH, and his sisters Bonnie and Naomi of Tallahassee, FL. He is predeceased by his father, Arthur Warren Wetmore. Matthew had a way with people, drawing them to him with his quick wit, intense honesty and perpetual charm. He was passionate with regard towards family and an intensely loyal friend. His obsessions included: computer games, movies, aquariums, collectables, amusement parks, music, and most of all...laughter.
A Memorial Service celebrating Matthew's life will be held on August 31 at Rice Mortuary in Torrance, CA
Memorial Marker - Forest Park Cemetery - Houston, TX.
Final Resting - Eternal "Memorial" Reef - February 2008 off the coast of Ft. Lauderdale, FL.
In lieu of flowers Matthew wanted donations made to The American Cancer Society or Little Company of Mary Hospital Foundation (First Surgical Department) - Torrance, CA.
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