Matthew Alexander Smock, 28, passed away Saturday, January 8, 2011. He was born March 15, 1982, in San Jose, CA, the youngest of seven children. He spent most of his youth in Oregon, where he grew up camping, riding dirt and BMX bikes, and serving as a member of the Boy Scouts. Matthew helped out in the family construction business and worked as a foreman on the construction of the Bay Bridge in California. He was a July 2001 graduate of the College of Oceaneering in San Pedro, CA, and following his love of surfing and the ocean, Matthew came to the Gulf of Mexico as a commercial diver. He was dedicated to his work and was considered a top performer who was well-respected in his industry.
Matthew lived for his family, whom he dearly loved. He leaves behind his wife, Olivia; daughters, Kierra and Kaziah Smock; sons, Wylie Wren and Zane Smock; parents, Dennis and Michelle Smock; sisters: Kelli Riddle and husband, Jim; Kimi Gaskell; Kristi Rothbardt and husband, Mitch; and Kathi Delay and husband, Mark; brothers, Dennis (Bud) Smock and Jeff Smock; father-in-law, Randy Wytcherley; mother-in-law, Annalisa Pike; 22 nieces and nephews; 1 great niece; and numerous other relatives and friends.
Honorary pallbearers will be Tom Royston, Tim Clark, Mike Kanga, David Moorefield, Ben Wells, and Andre Adams.
Memorials may be made to Hope for the Warriors, PMB 48, 1335 Suite E, Western Blvd., Jacksonville, NC 28546, or to the Offshore Diver Widow’s and Children’s Fund, offshorediver.com.
Matthew’s family will receive visitors after 1:00 pm, Wednesday, January 12th, at Malloy & Son Funeral Home. A celebration of Matt’s life will begin at 1:30 pm at the funeral home.
Matthew’s family will be putting together a backpack of mementos that will be cremated with Matt. They are requesting that friends bring a special item or photo to contribute to the backpack. They will also be creating a memory book for each of Matt’s children. Please contribute a photo or write a letter to Matt and either bring them with you to the celebration of his life or mail them to Kathi Delay, 4744 Longmont Road, Virginia Beach, VA 23456 so that they may be included in the memory book.