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Funeral services for Matthew Dillard, age 33, of Norman, will begin at 2:00 pm Thursday, May 30, 2013 at Journey Church, 3801 Journey Parkway in Norman with Reverend Peggy Trott and Pastor Bryan Waldenville officiating.
The Dillard family will greet close friends and family from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm Wednesday, May 29, 2013 at the Havenbrook Funeral Home, 3401 Havenbrook Street in Norman.
Matthew was born December 27, 1979 in Oklahoma City, the son of L. Michael and Sheila J. (Sales) Dillard. He passed away Saturday evening, May 25, 2013 at Lake Eufaula, Oklahoma.
Matt lived briefly in Arizona and California before returning to his hometown of Norman, where he attended the Norman Public Schools. He completed his senior year of high school at Wentworth Military Academy in Lexington, Missouri, graduating in 1998. Matt later attended Rose State College, Oklahoma City Community College and the Oklahoma City campus of Oklahoma State University.
Matt had a passion for race cars, beginning his racing career at age 14. He won several titles including the National Championship of Legend Road Racing in 1997. Matt also raced several times in NASCAR races before retiring from racing.
It could be said that Matt was an adrenaline junky, always pushing the limits beyond what anybody could imagine. He enjoyed being the first and the best at everything he chose to do and took great delight in competing fiercely with his father. Matt was very good at snowboarding, wakeboarding, and skate boarding. Simply put, anything with a challenge, Matt was sure to answer the call and show up ready to take it on. Matt also enjoyed playing racquetball and golf.
Matt was united in marriage to Miss Andrea Danielle Charles on October 4, 2008 in Oklahoma City. Matt was an outstanding husband and father, enjoying a very special relationship with his daughter, Jayden. Nothing brought him more peace and happiness than spending time with his family and friends.
Matt also took great comfort in helping others. No matter what the need was, if Matt was aware of it, he did everything he could to ease the burdens of others. He loved music and caring for animals too.
He was a member of Journey Church and the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA).
Survivors include his wife, Andrea, of the home; his daughter, Jayden Bristol, of the home, and a child in waiting; his father, L. Michael Dillard of Norman; his mother, Sheila Sales of Oklahoma City; two brothers, Brent Wynd of Oklahoma City, and Michael Anthony Dillard of Norman; one sister, Laura Michelle Young, and her husband, Kyle of Oklahoma City; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Charles Andrew Charles and Pam Charles both of Norman; his grandmother-in-law, Sonya Grizzle of Norman; his maternal grandmother, Regina Sales of Ardmore, Oklahoma; one niece, Kassi Wynd of Oklahoma City; an uncle, JC Dillard and his wife, Beverly of Tucson, Arizona; two aunts, Patti Lynn Beard of Norman and Fawn Fees and her husband, Don of El Reno, Oklahoma; many additional family members and friends, and his two pet dogs, Sadie and Roxy.
Other meaningful people in Matt’s life include, Sheryl Dillard, Don Reynolds, Wanda Munroe, Chris Jones, and Hal and Sandy Smith.
Matt was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Lawrence and Jessie Mae Dillard and his maternal grandparents, Ancel and Alma Sales.
Pallbearers for Matt will be Tonny Walden, Denton Stong, Randy Kornele, Kent Mosley, Brent Wynd, Michael A. Dillard, James Clifford, and Beau Bauernschmitt.
Memorial donations may be made in memory of Matthew Dillard to the American Red Cross, Moore Relief to assist those affected by the May 20th, 2013 tornado.
Arrangements for Matt and his family were placed in the care of the Vice family at the Havenbrook Funeral Home of Norman. Online condolences may be shared at www.havenbrookfuneralhome.com.
May 29, 2013, 12:00 PM
- 9:00 PM
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Family will receive friends from 7:00PM - 9:00PM.
May 30, 2013, 2:00 PM
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