Matthew Ray Parsons
January 16th, 1987 - August 26th, 2013
Matthew R. Parsons, 26 years of age, passed away on Monday, August 26th, 2013, in Midwest City, Oklahoma. Matthew was born on January 16th, 1987 in San Diego, California. He lived and grew up in McCall until the age of 16 when he moved to Boise. He graduated from Timberline High School in 2005. Matthew went on to college at Boise State University until April of 2008 when he joined the United States Air Force. After completing technical training, he was assigned to the 552d Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, Tinker AFB, OK in January 2009. He was responsible for performing maintenance on 14 E-3 Sentry Airborne Warning and Control System aircraft worth $4.6B; and was in charge of inspecting, troubleshooting, and repairing communication and navigation systems by using technical manuals, schematics, and specified test equipment.
In addition to his aircraft maintenance duties, he was also actively involved in his community. He was known for building homes for Habitat for Humanity, selflessly volunteering his time to take care of others in the base community center. Moreover, he collected and delivered food for church food drives, and volunteered for Thanksgiving "Feed the Children" programs. In his off-duty time, Matthew worked on his education, earning his Associate's Degree in Biology while maintaining an impressive 3.62 GPA. Matthew was also selected for Staff Sergeant during the 2013 test cycle and was an NCO select.
Matthews hobbies were snow boarding and gaming.
He is survived by his daughter Anna Hambright, his son Derek Parsons, father Michael Parsons, mother Teresa Banks, grandparents Dave and LaRayne Duthie, numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
Matthew was predeceased by his grandparents Bill and Jean Parsons, and grandmother Mona Arnold.
Matthews parents would like to invite you to the funeral services which will be held at the Idaho State Veterans Cemetery, 10100 N. Horseshoe Bend Rd, Boise, Idaho on September 19th at 1 p.m.
Matthew was dearly loved by his family and his friends and will be missed.
Published in Idaho Statesman on Sept. 15, 2013