Matthew Isaac Holzemer

May 23, 1983June 17, 2018

Son, Brother, Cousin, Confidant, Comrade, Buddy, Sailor, Corpsman, Friend. Matt was blessedly and precisely that for so many along his life journey. The lives he touched are a clear testament to this. Matthew Isaac Holzemer, Hospital Corpsman First Class, United States Navy. A mouthful indeed, yet what defined him above all was simply being Matt. His life revolved around his concern for others, his friends, families and his Country. In a time in which cliches' are exactly that, this expression was the essence of Matt: He made a true difference, and did so with honor.


  • Visitation Wednesday, July 18, 2018
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, July 18, 2018
  • Burial Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Matthew Isaac Holzemer

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Charlie Gili

September 21, 2018

We would like to express our deepest condolences and also let the Holzemer Family and friends know that we will be sending Care Packages to deployed troops this week and several of these will be dedicated to your loved one. Each package will carry the name, photo and hometown of Matthew I. Holzemer US Navy Petty Officer 1st Class. We realize that this is a small tribute, but we do this with all respect and sincerity and we want you to know that it is made possible by thousands of like-minded individuals from across the American youth hockey community, their families, friends and others who support our mission. We will not forget. May God Bless you and keep you safe and strong.

Charlie Gili & Family
On Behalf of our US Hockey Players Support Our Troops Campaign

Kimberely Smith

July 20, 2018

My life is better for knowing Matt even though it was for a short time. He was an amazing mentor and friend to my daughter, Kayla. He was everything that was good in this world and more. He was the life of the party and also the voice of reason. I always loved hearing the stories about his antics and seeing his social media posts. He was truly a good human and it was evident in the way he treated others. The kindest, most ridiculous statement anyone has ever said to me was when Matt said, "You're still beautiful with a broken nose." He managed to turn a traumatic incident into a memory I will cherish. He was selfless and had a heart of gold. If love could have saved him, he would have lived forever.

Alan Haberzettl

July 19, 2018

Matt was the first person I trusted in the battalion, he was my friend and my right hand. He tought me a great many things including patience. He will be missed the world seems less without him. My deepest condolences to his family and greatest admiration.

Joshua Seddon

July 18, 2018

The best Doc a Marine could ask for. Served with him in Iraq 07 Jump platoon. He was the funniest, most random person I have met and kept us marines laughing. I am grateful for the honor of serving with Matt. Rest well brother and bring that spark of life you had on earth to heaven.

Corina Mitchell

July 18, 2018

I met you guys through the military & you two were my favorite people I met there in North Carolina! I wish you didn’t have to experience this but just know we are here for you.

John and Blanca Longhurst

July 18, 2018

Our condolences to Matt's family and friends, know that you are in our prayers.

Doris Rowley

July 18, 2018

I met Matt in Virginia, I liked him immediately. He was funny, caring and respectful to all. Emma and Matt have always been near my heart and I shall miss him. We share your loss and hold you near in our thoughts and prayers.

Stlaay Cloud-Morrison

July 18, 2018

I just Facebook searched our names together and came up with a bunch of messages and comments that we sent back and forth. I miss you bud, like i said before on your Facebook...

I have loved and admired you for well over a decade. I remember the first time you looked at me in the parking lot of the 29 palms Navy barracks (amidst a night of drinking terrible beer (Maddog 20/20 blingbling) and smoking wayyyy too many cigs); I didn’t know then, but your gaze forever seared your being on my soul. I also loved that we equally cherished Big Trouble in Little China, and I still have your dvd that I borrowed...about 14ish years ago. 😹

I love you for a million reasons shared by hundreds. I just spoke with you via messenger a few days before your passing. I told you, I think a lot about you and you do a ton and have a special calling. You humbly responded with “I appreciate your kind words 🙂”. Matt, my words were just a sentence in the book that was your life. I’ve had quite a few dark days in my past and I’d be temporarily discouraged at the lack of good men in my life. Thankfully, I’d remember I had you, and I’d be lifted by our friendship.

Matt, your existence mattered, you made this floating ball a better place. Stay tuned though my friend, in a year I’ll be getting the best damn tattoo in your memory. I sure hope in our next life our souls pass a little closer and stick around together a bit longer. I love you forever Matty. Rest In Peace 💙🐱 My heart goes out to your family, i will be there tomorrow in spirit.

Joshua Davis

July 17, 2018

I had the honor of meeting Matt at a dark time in my life. It was strange meeting someone who had a sense of humor like mine and understood what was going on in my head and heart. When I felt completely alone, he showed me that I was not. I can never describe the hope that Matt gave me in my time of need and I'll never forget it. I only hope I can show the same love and compassion to someone else as he did to me.

Amy Gibson

July 17, 2018


You always had a way of making us laugh. If you weren’t doing that you were helping another. I’ll cherish the memories of the target cat gear and the time you spent digging the perfect holes for our holly bushes - twice. Heaven has surely gained an angel 😇

All my love,