Matt Whitworth obituary: Beloved Judge Matt J. Whitworth death happened October 8, 2019 at St. Luke’s North Hospital. He was 61 years old.
A memorial service honoring the life of Honorable Matt Jeffrey Whitworth, holds on Monday, October 14, 2019 at Pleasant Valley Baptist Church, 1600 Route 291, Liberty, Missouri 64068 at 2:00 pm.
Friends will be received by his family during a visitation from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm.
Matt Whitworth obituary, death:
Matt is survived by:
- his wife, Jeanie,
- their four sons, Justin (Megan), Luke, Clayton (Samantha), and Jordan (Madison),
- his father, Glade,
- his siblings, Kirk (Leigh Anne), Mark (Linda), Stacy (Clayton) and Patrick (Lee Anne),
- and many uncles, aunts, cousins, and in-laws
Matt was preceded in death by his mother, Ann Whitworth.
Matt was a dedicated public servant, truly a voice of integrity and reason, and a lesson in morality for so many to follow.
He was born in Independence, Missouri on January 13, 1958, was a proud Eagle Scout and a recipient of the “God and Country” Award from the Boy Scouts of America.
He graduated from Van Horn High School in 1976, then attended Baker University where he graduated with a B.A. in English and Political Science (double major) and a Minor in Religion.
Following his undergraduate studies, Matt attended the University of Arkansas School of Law, graduating with a Juris Doctor in 1983.
Upon graduation, Matt served as a Law Clerk to the Hon. Jack E. Gant, Division 5, Jackson County Circuit Court.
From 1984-1987, Matt served as an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney at the Jackson County Prosecutor’s Office and was a Trial Team Leader from 1986-1987.
After working a year in private law practice, Matt embarked upon a twenty-two-year journey in the United States Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Missouri ultimately serving in nearly every capacity.
His outstanding career as a prosecutor provided him the opportunity in 2010 to earn an appointment as a Magistrate Judge for the Western District of Missouri—a career-long goal finally achieved.
In lieu of flowers, please send any donations in Matt’s honor to the Epilepsy Foundation of Missouri & Kansas at 2340 East Meyer Boulevard, Building 1, Suite 300B, Kansas City, Missouri 64132 or to In the Name of Grace at 118 N. Conistor Lane, Suite B, Box 205, Liberty, Missouri 64068.
Memories of Matt and condolences to the family may be shared at meyersfuneralchapel.com. Final arrangements are entrusted with Meyers Northland Chapel in Parkville, MO.
May his soul rest in perfect peace. Please say a prayer for his family.