• "MATT: You have always been an inspiration to me and you..."
    - Jesus Quintanar Jr.
  • "I remember your wedding. Thankfully you have had many..."
  • "Monika it was such an honor to sit with you the other day..."
    - Beth Sanger
  • "Although we shared Brasilia, all of us were so busy we only..."
    - Ramona Maximillian
  • "Wow; What a life Matt led, so full of friends and family,..."
    - Jim Pines



Of Cape Coral, lost his battle with lung cancer on March 17, 2013. He was born in Washington, D.C. January 8, 1954 to the late George E. Jr and Virginia Jennings. Matt was preceded in death by his parents, his son, David, and his brother, Joseph Jennings.
Matt graduated in 1973 from Archbishop Carroll High School in Washington, DC and attended Santa Monica College where he earned an Associates degree in 1977. He joined the Foreign Service in 1992 as a Facilities Manager following many years in private industry. His postings included Sierra Leone, Nepal, Brazil, Ghana, Yemen, Uruguay, Iraq and many TDY's at U.S. embassies around the world. Over a 20 year career, Matt was passionate about his job, mentored colleagues and helped his staff achieve their goals and elicit the best from them. Matt will be remembered for his caring attitude, his warmth, wit, intellect, his gentle spirit and passion for life.
Matt was a loving and devoted husband and father who cherished his responsibilities to his family. He is survived by his loving wife and soulmate of 22 years, Monika, and forever admired and loved by his children, Melissa (Christian) Hunter of Bristow, VA, Kimberly (Joseph) Fournier of Sutton, MA, Christopher Jennings of Washington, DC, and stepson Jason Dietrich of Lewiston, PA. He also leaves behind loving siblings George Earl Jennings, III (Ruthanne) of California, Rev. Michael Jennings of Tennessee, and Mary Cumberland of Connecticut, as well as his in-laws, Horst and Else Dietrich, and five awesome grandchildren: Brandon, Samantha, Keira, Jack and Benjamin. He also leaves behind many wonderful and caring friends and family around the world.
Services are pending. In lieu of flowers, the family requests you "pay-it-forward" and anonymously make someone smile with random acts of kindness.
Please visit to view Matt's Life Tribute and share a memory or condolence.

Published in The Washington Post on Mar. 19, 2013