Matthew Allen Spencer, age 19, of Jefferson City, Mo., passed away on Tuesday, October 29, 2019 at Capital Region Medical Center from injuries sustained in an automobile accident.
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He was born on March 14, 2000 in St. Genevieve, Mo., the son of Eric Dale and Denise Michelle (Little) Dahlem.
Matthew attended Jefferson City High School. He was employed as an officer with the Department of Corrections. This was an occupation Matthew was very proud of, as he was able to do the same work as his dad.
He enjoyed sports; especially playing rugby and rooting for the Los Angeles Rams, a love ingrained in him by his dad from a young age. Matthew was patriotic and immensely proud to be the son of a veteran. He made it a point to respectfully thank any veteran he met. Matthew connected to music of all kinds and judged music not only by the beat, but by the message in the lyrics. He could often be found spending time with his friends hanging out at each other’s houses. His unique mannerisms and one-of-a-kind sense of humor made him a true blessing to his friends and family.
Matthew was large in stature and even bigger in heart. Though he was a fierce protector of those he loved, Matthew will forever be remembered as the “Gentle Giant”. A guy who would help others even if it meant putting himself out. Matthew always put the needs of others above his own and had the truest of hearts. He was able to show that giving spirit one last time by choosing to be an organ donor. Because of that decision, Matthew has given himself to save and improve the lives of many people.
Survivors include his parents, Eric and Denise Dahlem; his siblings, Abigail Wyatt (Timothy), Hunter, Cadence “Cadie”, Eric, Jr., and Luke; his nephew, Anthony “Bubba” Wyatt; his grandparents, Rosel Little, and Pam and John Dahlem; and numerous aunts and uncles.
Matthew was preceded in death by his grandmother, Mary Little and his best friend, Kaleb.
Visitation for Matthew will be held at Freeman Mortuary from 11:00 am until 1:00 pm Saturday, November 2, 2019.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to the American Cancer Society, 2409 Hyde Park Road, Jefferson City, Mo. 65109.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Freeman Mortuary.