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Kaul Funeral Home

28433 Jefferson Ave, St. Clair Shores, MI

OBITUARY

Michael John Matlock

December 7, 1951July 9, 2019

Born in Baton Rouge, LA on December 7, 1951. Died unexpectedly, yet peacefully on July 9, 2019 in St. Clair Shores, MI.

Beloved son of Edward R. and Audrey C. Matlock. Loving brother of Deanne, Karin, Patricia and Thomas. Uncle to Kacy, Patrick, Randy, Melissa, Ryan and Kannon.

Mike graduated from Camarillo High School, Camarillo, CA, and Louisiana State University. He taught Art at Denham Springs High School until his retirement.

A pannapictagraphist from an early age, Mike was passionate about all forms of the Comical, Superhero and Renaissance Arts and was happiest sharing his knowledge and history. He cherished the time spent with his father in Calumet, fishing, swimming and kayaking in the great outdoors.

Michael was well loved by his family and friends and will be deeply missed. Predeceased by his father, Edward, Grandparents Walter and Florence Cerdes and infant sons Nicholas and Christopher.

Services

  • In State Monday, July 15, 2019
  • Mass of Resurrection Monday, July 15, 2019

Memories

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Preston “Chip” Lovett

July 18, 2019

He was one of my favorite teachers. He taught me more about having tolerance and seeing things from a different point of view. He encouraged me to try new things,. He taught me that failing isn’t the Worst thing. Never trying is. Much more than Art teacher. Rest In Peace, Mr. Green Jeans.

Lallie Baggett

July 18, 2019

I was fortunate enough to have Mr. Matlock for art at Denham Springs high school. His enthusiasm for art was contagious. At an art show for the school he told my mom if she can sign her name, she can do art. She now paints beautiful paintings and I like to think he gave her the confidence to give it a try. You will always be held high in our hearts.

Sarah Scott

July 18, 2019

I am Sarah Scott, a former teacher in Livingston Parish and a member of the local, state, and National Education Association of which Michael was so fund. He represented Livingston Parish and Louisiana teachers well. He taught my oldest son and was very gentle and fair. I remember how sad we were when he decided to retire. I will be praying for the family.

Jessica Netterville

July 18, 2019

Matlock’s Art class was the only class I willingly went back for — for all four years of high school. His class was where my husband, Ben and I met and his Art Club was where we became leaders. He was always supportive of me as a person, not just a student, and he was supportive of our relationship. He attended my college graduation party and our wedding, and we kept in touch for a while. But then we lost him. I always wanted him to meet our boys and to know that Ben and I both became teachers. I hope he knew how impactful he was. I love you forever Matlock.

Anne Small

July 18, 2019

When Mike taught at Denham Springs High School he was amazing and compassionate in all his endeavors. He saw my son, Brad, who was wheel-chair bound with Cerebral Palsy and MMR and came to me and asked to main stream him into art. Mike just knew he could adapt an art class for Brad. Not only did he do that, but he brought so much self esteem and joy into Brad's life. Mike was always cheerful and would brighten up the day for anyone who knew him. What I admire most about him was his determination to be himself, to stand apart from the crowd, to show us all how important it was to keep our own identity. We are all richer for having had the privilege of knowing him. God bless his memory and prayers for his family for this enormous loss of an amazing guy!

Benjamin Netterville

July 18, 2019

Mike was one of the greatest people I have ever known. I was one of his students at DSHS not for 4 years...but for 5. He was always there to “kick me in the rear” when I was disappointing and had a huge smile when I was where I was supposed to be. He was the last signature on my drop-out form...and the first for me to talk to when I re-entered to finish school. We had the best time at the YACA Convention. He was an honored guest at my wedding and is, to this day the reason I became an Art Teacher. His biggest advice to me was “An Art teacher doesn’t get a lot of respect. You are not quite an educator and not quite an artist.” Even though that was more than 25 years ago, his words ring true. There is not enough space here to tell all of the stories we had shared over the decades. He will always be loved, inspiring, and missed.

Jennifer Lovett

July 18, 2019

Mr. Matlock was an amazing man and made a huge impact in my high school years - he was just an all around great guy. I’m so sorry for your loss.

Glenda Bacot-Watts

July 18, 2019

I am so sorry to hear sbout Mr. Matlock. I had Mr. Matlock for Art class all 4 years I was at Denham Springs High School, Class of 85. He was very laid back and the coolest teacher I ever had and I always enjoyed going to his class.

Charlotte Miller

July 18, 2019

I love this man. He was my teacher at Denham in the 9th grade! He had such an impact on the 15 yo Charlotte Miller. Your love and kindness will be remembered. Rest in Peace !

Lindsey Archibald

July 18, 2019

Mr Matlock taught me art for 4 years, he taught me so much about myself. I have shelves filled with art supplies and scrap books of my projects from his class. He pushed me to never settle and always do my best ! Such a awesome person!

FROM THE FAMILY