Matthew Edward (Bodine) McDonnell
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January 3, 1956 - October 23, 2013
Matt passed away on 10/23/13 surrounded by his family after a courageous battle with lung cancer. Matt is survived by his son Curtis Whiteman and his family Christina, Travis, and Madison; his mother Becky McDonnell; and his siblings John, Theresa, Mark, Patrick, Paul, David, and Thomas, and their families. Matt owned McDonnell Iron Works in Springfield, Oregon and was a master welder who liked to say "I can weld anything from a broken heart to the crack of dawn." He loved the ocean and spent many hours on his boat fishing from Oregon to Alaska. Matt was a strong man who overcame his addictions to alcohol and drugs, and lived clean and sober for the last 17 years. Our family is proud him and he will be deeply missed.
Published in StatesmanJournal from Nov. 2 to Nov. 3, 2013