Matthew David LaPorte

September 11, 1970April 20, 2011

LaPorte, Matthew D. 40 of Seminole, FL passed away on Wednesday, April 20, 2011 at his home. Born on Sept. 11, 1970 in Clearwater, FL. Matt was a professional musician,guitar instructor and composer. Matt was a guitarist in the Jon Oliva’s Pain Band and toured with them worldwide. He graduated from Pinellas Park High School in 1988 and attended Professional Guitar School in Minneapolis, MN and the St. Petersburg Jr. college. Survived by his loving mother Sharon (Richard) Paul of Largo, FL, a brother Lawrence R. (Colleen) LaPorte of Manhattan Beach, CA and a sister Laura LaPorte of St. Louis Park, MN and 5 nieces and nephews. Matt was preceded in death by his father Kenneth D. LaPorte. Matt will be missed but long remembered by his family and many friends, students and music lovers all over the world. In lieu of flowers, the family is establishing the Matthew LaPorte Music Scholarship fund. Memorial services will be held on Saturday, April 30, 2011 at 3 pm at the Moss Feaster Funeral Home, 13401 Indian Rocks Road, Largo, FL 727-562-2080. Further information may be located at


  • Memorial Service Saturday, April 30, 2011

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Bryan Lambert

May 22, 2011

Great person and exceptional guitarist. His music will be treasured by many. Matt is soloing on that great stage in the sky along with Stevie Ray Vaughn, Ronnie James Dio and Cris Olivia. We will miss ya bro.

Karsten -Gewitter- Lombard

May 19, 2011

Almost a month has passed, and i still don't want to believe it... But the world still keeps turnin, although you're no longer among us. Your spirit has touched the souls of many, and those who felt it will hang onto it. Immortality is a question of people remembering. Wherever you are, a part of you still remains here, in the hearts of the family, the friends and the fans. We miss you.


May 19, 2011

You left for the gig too soon. Your talent, wit and good nature are somethings this world needs, however it is a better place because you left a fine mark. We all miss you.


May 19, 2011

You left for the gig too soon. Your talent, wit and good nature are somethings this world needs, however it is a better place because you left a fine mark. We all miss you.


May 16, 2011

Matt, what a pleasure it was to see you performing with Jon. I can't believe you are in heaven...Say hello to Criss, do a jam and send us a demo, please. RIP Matt. God bless you.

Samantha Simmons

May 14, 2011

Matt, you are a beautiful person, and talented musician and teacher. Thank you for sharing your knowledge and humor with me, your hammered dulcimer student; I'm forever grateful. I miss you, teacher and friend.

May 2, 2011

rip matt say hi to chriss for us :(

Dan Barry

May 1, 2011

Matt-I know that our careers took us in different directions, but the friendship remained...even stronger.I will always remember your laugh and how you made me laugh. Cruising around in the Malibu listening to Savatage as loud as it could go. I am still having trouble believing that I can't talk to you anymore brother. We were supposed to hook up and hang out like back in the day. How many hours we spent on the swingset at Taylor park. I know it's funny to think about now, but that was one of the many special things that you and I had in common. The memories just keep coming, and as bad as it hurts my heart to lose you forever, the memories save me. I love you Matt, you will truly be missed but never forgotten.

Glenn Cummings

April 30, 2011

Matt was an amazing talent... this is truly sad...
It was great to share the stage with you buddy!!
You will truly be missed.
The Glenn Cummings Band

Kerri and Dee Venoy

April 30, 2011

We will never forget you and you will always be in our hearts. Our prayers go out to Matt's family. RIP, Matt - you are missed.