Matthew James Parker
1963 - 2017
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Mr. Matthew James Parker, 53, beloved husband of 23 years of Shawntel Parker, entered into rest on Friday, March 17, 2017 at his residence.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 AM on Friday, March 24, 2017 at Reid Memorial Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Dr. Matt Rich officiating.

Matt was born in East Cleveland, Ohio and grew up fascinated by the unique weather phenomena that result from living on the shores of Lake Erie. By age eleven the "weather gene", as he called it, had been planted and he knew he wanted to become a meteorologist. After relocating to Charlotte, NC with his family he attended North Carolina State University (NCSU), completing both his bachelor's and master's degrees before beginning his position as a meteorologist at the Savannah River National Laboratory in 1989, where he has served for almost 28 years, most recently as Senior Fellow Meteorologist.

Encouraging scientific, as well as personal, growth and improvement in meteorology through collaboration has always been a top priority in Matt's career. He was named a fellow to the American Meteorological Society (AMS) in 2006 and has volunteered for several committee leadership roles with the AMS since the early 1990s. Matt was recently sworn in as president of the AMS in January 2017. His theme for his presidential term and subsequent annual meeting in January 2018 was to be "Communication". He began planning and putting the wheels in motion immediately upon learning of his president-elect status in late 2015. Along with communication, he also worked to include the early-career scientists, college students, and the young people in the field to become involved in the AMS.

Matt's drive and commitment did not begin and end with his career, however. He was a committed church member and leader. He served as an Elder at Reid Memorial Presbyterian Church as well as serving on an assistant pastor search committee. His Christian faith gave him the unique ability to approach situations of all kinds with a calm demeanor and understanding. He worked extremely hard on bringing an attitude of acceptance and openness to any situation as he was always striving to remember that we are here to serve and not to judge.

Family was also strong center in Matt's life. He was a constant source of support and encouragement to his wife, Shawntel, as well as being a devoted son to his parents. His brothers, sisters-in-law, niece and nephews were always in his heart and thoughts.

When not researching or predicting the weather or enjoying time with his family, Matt could be found either working in his yard, fishing with his father or life-long family friends, or partaking in his other hobby-collecting and trading antique breweriana.

In addition to his wife, Shawntel, he is survived by his parents, John H. and Bernadette Parker, his brothers, John A. Parker (Lynn) and David A. Parker (Jill), and his nieces and nephews, Amber, John A. (Jessica), Adam, Jesse and Clay Parker.

The family will receive friends on Thursday evening, March 23, 2017 at Platt's Belair Road Chapel from 6:00 until 8:00 PM.

If so desired, memorial donations may be made to a fund established by the AMS to support student travel grants to scientific meetings. Donations may be sent to: Matthew J. Parker Fund, American Meteorological Society, 45 Beacon Street, Boston, MA, 02108.

Please sign the guestbook and send condolences at

Platt's Funeral Home, 337 N. Belair Rd. Evans, GA 30809

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Published in The Augusta Chronicle on Mar. 22, 2017.
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19 entries
April 3, 2017
Shawntel--I love you and am keeping you and Matt's/your family in my prayers.
Aunt Pat
March 30, 2017
Dear Parker Family - There are no words for your loss: Matt was truly the kindest, brightest, most dedicated person. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Christine Roensch
March 25, 2017
Shawntel, I was shocked to learn of Matt's passing. Please let me know if I can do anything for you. May God strengthen and support you in your time of need.
Clyde Smith
March 24, 2017
Matt was an outstanding colleague. I will miss him. So sorry for your loss.
Kit Wagner, CCM
March 24, 2017
To the Family of Matthew Parker: It was a pleasure working with and knowing Matt. We passed each other almost everyday at work as I was walking to my office. Please remember the joyous times of celebration and cheer and he will always be in your thoughts and hearts. My prayer is that the Lord will give you peace and comfort.
Claresa Price
March 24, 2017
He will be missed by many. He was a strong advocate for helping others who wanted to become meteorologists. And he was very active in the AMS throughout his career. I can relate to the weather gene. Warmest wishes to his wife and whole family for peace and prayers.
David Spiegler, CCM
David Spiegler
March 24, 2017
I was so shocked and deeply saddened to hear about Matt's passing. He was one of my favorite college buddies at NCSU in the 80's. He is one of the most ethical friends I have known and just an all around good guy. Shawntel - I will be praying for you and the rest of Matt's family. I am so sorry for your loss.
Toni Blackwelder
March 24, 2017
Matt will be deeply missed by so many. My thoughts and prayer are with family during this time of loss.
Karen Buck
March 24, 2017
Shawntel, I am so sorry for your loss. Matt was a close friend and an inspiration to all of us that knew and worked with him in the Meteorological community.
Nick Keener
March 24, 2017
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and Family.......Sincerely, Susan and Family
Susan Hensley
March 23, 2017
Sincere condolences to the family and close friends all members of the weather community will miss you
Kevin Frazier
March 23, 2017
Shawntel, I can't express how saddened Kevin and I are. Matt will be missed. Our thoughts are with you.
Deb Dooley
March 23, 2017
The world is a darker place - Shawntel, we are so sorry, Seb and I love you and are here for anything. Matt will be missed, and never forgotten.
Karen Petty
March 23, 2017
Shawntel, I heard about your husband's passing only today. I'm so very sorry for your loss. Prayers for you and his loved ones.
Sheryl McLeroy
March 23, 2017
We'll miss you
Charlene McNeal
March 23, 2017
This is a great loss to the meteorological community. Matt will be missed by his colleagues.
Jill F. Hasling, CCM
March 23, 2017
Sending love and prayers to Shawntel and looking up to heaven with a sad but grateful heart. It was a privilege to have known Matt. Please call on us if there is anything we can do up here in Cleveland.
Vince and Marianne Misiti
March 22, 2017
Shawntel, Mike and I were so sorry to hear of Matt's passing. We pray for God's peace and comfort during this difficult time.
Sheree Cartee
March 22, 2017
I am sorry for your loss. May prayer comfort you 1 Thess. 5:17.
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