Matthew Isiah Sanders
February 10, 1997 – October 13, 2020
Matthew Isiah Sanders, 23, peacefully passed away October 13, 2020. He was born February 10, 1997 in St. Louis, to Matthew and Jenifer Sanders and a large, loving family. He graduated from Parkway Central High School in 2015 and attended Murray State University.
As Matthew grew from a sweet, easy going boy into a teenager, we could see the man that he would become - strong, steadfast and loyal. He was passionate about sports, especially football. While at Parkway Central High School, he played both offense and defense, was a key player on the 2013 team that went to the Missouri State Championship and was a Class 5 first team all-state selection by the Missouri Football Coaches Association and media. He also loved hunting and was so proud when he mounted the antlers from his first deer. He was always competitive, but humble.
We watched as a fun-loving, fiercely loyal friend grew from a teenager into a young man - a young man with so much enthusiasm and with so many plans for the future. Recently, he talked about his new found passion for creating and was just starting to build a custom painted shoe business. He was so happy to have found something he was passionate about, and was also focused on building a career that would be the foundation for future plans he had with his longtime girlfriend, Gabrielle.
To have lost Matthew is heartbreaking – it has come as such a shock to us all. His life was far too brief. He is survived by his parents Matt and Jenifer Sanders; longtime girlfriend Gabrielle Bushman, his sister Ashley (Tyler) Huskey, niece Ariyah, and nephews Collin and Dominic. He also leaves his paternal grandparents, Marvin and Andrea Sanders and Diane and Paul Davis, maternal grandmother Pamela Huskey, and great-grandmother Janice Birch. Beloved nephew of Stacy Layton, Gary (Desiree) Huskey, Jason Huskey, Jamie (Shawn) Robinson, Joseph (Lucy) Huskey, Miles Sanders and Claudia Sanders, cousin and friend to many. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandmother, Mary Speiser Huskey, maternal grandfather Gary Huskey, sister Aaliyah Sanders and uncle Jacob Sanders.
A visitation will be held Tuesday, October 20th, from (1PM - 2PM (family only), 2PM - 5PM (family and friends) with a memorial service from 5PM - 6PM at Kriegshauser Mortuary-West Chapel, 9450 Olive Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63132.
Our family wishes to express our heartfelt thanks to all those who have given their support, compassion, prayers and love during this very difficult time. We know in our hearts that Matthew would not want us to grieve for too long. Rather, he would want us all to remember the good times we all were blessed to share with him.
Farewell, dear son, boyfriend, brother, grandson, nephew, uncle, cousin and friend. You will live in our hearts forever.
Tuesday, October 20, 2020
Matthew Isiah Sanders
October 22, 2020
Thank you for always being there for Carter too. We will miss you and appreciate your huge heart and love for life.
October 22, 2020
Matt was an amazing young man and definitely unforgettable to so many. Matt touched so many lives and was a positive influence in so many ways to my family. He was like family to me and was always there for both my sons Zakery and Carter. He was a very dear friend to Zakery always and Zak thought of him as a best friend forever. When Zak passed away he was a big brother to Carter and was always there for him and me too. I will never forget his amazing huge heart and beautiful smile and spirit. He helped us both through our loss and it breaks my heart over and over to know he is now gone. Thank you for being a part of our family. I will continue to pray for you and your family because I understand the unimaginable pain. You will be loved by many and missed forever. I am positive Zak was there to meet you in heaven. Take care of each other. Until we meet again watch over us all. Love always, Brandi and Carter xoxo 🙏😇
October 19, 2020
I can't begin to explain how close this boy was to me. Absolutely my best friend. From making duct tape wallets in my basement and crying ourselves to sleep listening to Three Little Birds - all the way to strangling each-other in football across the line for 8 years. We did crazy things together you'd only expect from brothers. Fought, cried, teased, laughed, motivated. Always on the same wave length. So many smiles were shared. So much happiness fills my heart thinking of you Matt. You made me who I am during the most important part of my life. I full heartedly express my love to Matt and his family for all the things they have done for me. I will dearly miss you my friend, my brother.
October 17, 2020
In middle school I became friends with Matt, when walking home with friends, after we realized we all lived in the same complex. Myself and my best friend Earcha spent so many days after school with Matt in the 7th grade, just hangin out. Matt lived for dares, teasing and down for whatever we could get into. He was always so funny and could always make anyone smile. We weren't close when we got older, but when I would see Matt at football games, or events or even out in recent years as adults, he always greeted me with a hug and a funny memory. I am grateful I was able to have memories which such a genuine person
To Ashley, his parents, Gabrielle and all those who loved him, wishing you nothing but peace, and remember the best way to honor his life, is to remember how he made you feel and create more joy like the moments you had with him.
October 17, 2020
October 17, 2020
October 16, 2020
My first memory of Matt was in 6th grade. We all had to do a quick meet and greet with a bunch of people on our wing. He was walking around with Ami Amar. I think either Ami had just broken his wrist of Matt. Either way, Matt introduced himself and that smile was so warm. Instantly, I wanted to be his friend. Through Dakota and Tommy, during middle school, we all became friends. In high school it was different... Matt and I understood each other on a deeper level. We could finish each others sentences, scream AMEN when we agreed on something, etc. That bond only increased as him and I got older. There was distance when we were apart after high school. However, just this year, I let Matt tattoo me. My first tattoo, ever. By my brother. Matt's energy, limit, and potential beamed through every act and work he pursued. Such a passion for his craft, his things, his friends, his family. I hold the highest respect for someone like him. A warrior's soul who made the best out of any situation.
October 15, 2020
Matt was one of my closest friends that I had in 8th grade. He was so kind and funny. I always looked forward to seeing him at school because he was always so enjoyable to be around and had such a comforting smile. Matt was always down to make others smile or laugh, no matter what he had to do. He was fearless. I never met Matt's family, but I want them to know that I looked up to him in middle school and loved every moment that I was around him because he was such a genuine person with a big heart.