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Matthew Dean Resnick

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MATTHEW DEAN RESNICK, beloved son and brother, passed away suddenly on Saturday, January 5, 2008 from a truly tragic accident. Matthew was the son of Mary and Scott Resnick and the adored little brother of Mark Resnick. Matthew was born in Houston on November 2, 1998. He was cherished by his parents and loved deeply by his brother Mark. Matthew never met a stranger and greeted everyone with a smile on his face and a twinkle in his sky-blue eyes. He was a third-grade student at Mark Twain Elementary and a fixture on the ball fields of West University Place. Matthew was blessed with many gifts but his love for his parents and brother, his outgoing personality and superb athletic abilities will be his greatest legacies. Matthew excelled at basketball, baseball and football -- playing in UCAL Basketball, West U Little League, on select baseball teams and in the Southwest Football League. He played on sports teams with a fiery passion and the ability of a player much older than he. He was such an awesome baseball player that he was often asked to play up with older players -- and he always held his own. Off the field, Matthew could be found watching other teams play, always offering encouragement and support as well as absorbing every detail of the game. He was unfailingly polite and kind to all. And he carried himself with the self-assurance and confidence not often found in someone so young. He was known to everybody in the West University Little League community -- and was loved by all the managers, coaches, parents and players. Matthew was a loyal fan of the University of Texas Longhorns. In fact, it was his personal dream to go to Austin one day and play baseball for UT. Matthew also was a devout Astros fan. Matthew was the love of his parents' life. He shared a keen interest of learning about classic 1960s sports cars with his dad. Matthew and Scott would go to classic car auctions and spend hours looking at cars, talking about cars -- spending time together. Matthew was a devoted son and would accompany his mother Mary to the neighborhood Starbucks and just enjoy being in his mom's company. Matthew and Mark were brothers in the true sense of the word, and Matthew looked up to his older brother, even when they were goofing off and just being boys. There are no words to describe the loss of Matthew in this world. He will be deeply missed by all who knew him. Also grieving for the loss of Matthew Resnick are: grandparents Beth and Bob Resnick and aunt Lauren Resnick and uncle Michael Resnick; aunt Sallie Carlisle; cousin Katie Gonzales; aunts Robyn Eckard, Diana Rader, Susan Ruiz; Grandparents Carol and Lew Rader; uncle Michael Rader and Robert Ruiz; Grandmother Maria Winn; aunts Peggy, Kristi, Carrie and Cari Ann Winn, Uncles Rick and David Winn. Services are scheduled for 11 a.m. Tuesday, January 8, 2008 at Temple Emanu El Memorial Park, 8341 Bissonnet. The family is honored to have as pallbearers close friends who have all coached Matthew on his many athletic teams: Jeff Farney, Robert Gauntt, Maynard Holt, Greg Piper, Mike Tumbleson and Robbie Winston. The family welcomes friends and guests to their home following the service until 6 pm. Donations in Matthew's memory can be made to the following: South Campus Sports Association, P.O. Box 66727, Houston, Texas 77006 or to The Matthew Resnick Scholarship Fund through West University Little League, care of Robert Gauntt, 3734 Plumb, Houston, Texas 77005, 832-630-1859.

Published in Houston Chronicle from Jan. 7 to Jan. 8, 2008
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