Clark, Matthew W., LCpl USMC was born August 11, 1984 in St. Louis, MO and baptized into the hope of Christ's resurrection. Matthew was active in modeling as a child and was captivated by theater performances. Matthew enjoyed traveling to see all that the world had to offer, such as the trip he and his mother took to France only a few years ago. From his 7th grade year until his sophomore year, he attended St. Louis Priory School. The final two years he attended Ladue High School. Evidence of dedication to his faith and friends, was exhibited by his sponsoring his friend, Dolph Spoeneman into the Catholic faith. Matthew reported to Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego on May 17, 2004 to achieve a life-long dream of becoming a United States Marine. He then went to Infantry Training Battalion, School of Infantry West on August 17, 2004, where he earned the MOS 0311, Marine Basic Rifleman. He reported to 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment at Kanehoe Bay, Hawaii on October 27, 2004. He returned from a tour of duty in Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in January, 2006. After a short time back in Hawaii, LCpl Clark then deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in September, 2006. Matthew is preceded in death by his father Kenneth B. Clark, a Marine veteran and is survived by his mother, Lee R. Hundelt and her husband Craig; step-sister, Elizabeth Hundelt; step-brother, Miguel Hundelt; aunt, Lynn Llanos; uncles, Mac and his wife JaniseChamblin and Todd and his wife Jean Chamblin; great-aunt Ann Chamblin CSJ.; grandfather, Thomas W. Chamblin; and his wife, Melanie Chamblin and dear cousins.Services: Funeral from the KRIEGSHAUSER WEST Mortuary, 9450 Olive Blvd. Friday, December 22, 2006, 9:15 a.m. then to Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis, 4431 Lindell Blvd., St. Louis, MO for funeral Mass celebrated at 10 a.m. Interment Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery. Visitation Thurs. December 21, 2006 from 3-8:00 p.m. at Kriegshauser West Mortuary. All donations in lieu of flowers, should be sent to The Marine Corps Law Enforcement Foundations, P.O. Box 37, Mountain Lakes, NJ 07046, in memory of: LCpl Matthew Clark, USMC.
Published in St. Louis Post-Dispatch from Dec. 20 to Dec. 28, 2006.