- 33 years old
- Date of birth: Dec 17, 1976
- Date of passing: Jul 28, 2010
|Let the memory of Matthew be with us forever|
Matt was born on December 17, 1976 to Lyndon and Diane Williams Mackey, in Midland, Texas. He graduated with the class of 1995 from Cahoma High School in Cahoma, Texas. Eighteen days later, he started his career in the military on June 6, 1995 in El Paso, Texas, by joining the United States Marine Corps and later the Army National Guard.
On April 16, 1998, he married Kaanan Anderson in Jacksonville, North Carolina. Matt served in Operation Enduring Freedom/Noble Eagle in 2004 and Operation Iraqi Freedom from October 2008 to October 2009. He was currently taking classes at Indian Hills Community College for aviation. He held a passion for flying and for his motorcycles. He enjoyed playing rugby, fishing, camping and gardening. Matt's greatest love was for his family, especially his children.
He is survived by his wife of twelve years, Kaanan Mackey of Grinnell; five children, Alexis, Jonathan, Chloe, Aiden and Hana, all of Grinnell; his parents, Lyndon and DianeMackey of Sterling, Colorado; one brother, Michael (Danielle) Mackey of Scotts Bluff, Nebraska; two sisters, Morgan (Kimo) Everett of Grinnell and Sarah (Jeff) Berryhill of Pineville, Missouri; maternal grandmother, Geneva Williams of Graham, Texas; and several nieces, nephews, cousins, dear friends, and his brothers and sisters in arms.
Matt died in the arms of his wife on Wednesday, July 28 at Mercy Hospital in Des Moines from injuries he sustained from a motorcycle accident, at the age of 33. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Leeroy Williams; his paternal grandparents, Orval and Lula Mackey and his fallen brothers and sisters.
All Medals Received
Meritorious Service Medal (posthumously)
Army Commendation Medal
Army Achievement Medal (2nd Award)
Army Good Conduct Medal
Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal
Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal
National Defense Service Medal (with 1 Bronze Service Star)
Iraq Campaign Medal (with 1 Bronze Service Star)
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Armed Forces Reserve Medal (with Mobilization)Device
Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon
Army Service Ribbon
Overseas Service Ribbon
Sea Service Deployment Ribbon
Driver and Mechanic Badge with (wheeled)Device
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