Matt Card died Friday, January 15, 2021 at age 42, surrounded by his family. Matt was struck down by a vicious and untreatable cancer. Life can be unfair. Services will be held Thursday, January 21st at 10:00 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Ardmore with Mr. Craig Ladd officiating. A private internment service will be held at 2:00 pm. on that day at St. Phillip's Episcopal Church in Ardmore. Visitation will be open all day Wednesday, January 20th at Craddock Funeral Home for those who wish to limit their exposure. The family will be in attendance from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday. The service will also be streamed at https://www.fumcardmore.com. For those who wish to attend, please wear a mask and practice social distancing.
Matt was born September 2, 1978 in Norman. Two weeks later the family moved to Ardmore, where Matt spent his childhood and early adulthood. He attended Lincoln Elementary and Ardmore Middle School. He graduated from Ardmore High School in 1997, where he played football and golf. Matt loved his friends from the class of 1997 to the end. He attended the University of Oklahoma, where he joined Beta Theta Pi fraternity. Beta became a very important presence in his life, and he made many of the closest friends of his life there. Matt took the scenic route through OU for the first year or so. In his sophomore year he discovered his eventual major, construction management, and found his true calling. After graduation Matt had a great career in construction, working for the Chickasaw Nation as a project manager the last ten years of his life. Among many other projects, he directed the building of the Artesian Hotel in Sulphur, the convention center at Winstar, and the Gold Mesa casino in Guymon. People will be enjoying Matt's buildings for many years to come.
Matt was an Oklahoman through and through and was most comfortable in tee shirts, jeans, and boots. He loved being on the water, especially Lake Murray, and camping at the lake. He always looked forward to Daniel Hull's deer camp and fishing camps on the Red River. He was passionate about watching college and NFL football, especially the Sooners and the Thunder, and PGA golf. He loved country music, especially Red Dirt music. Matt and Hailey went to numerous live music festivals, which they thoroughly enjoyed. He enjoyed his vacations, especially to the Caribbean and Mexico, and he attended all of his children's sporting events and school activities. Matt was a natural athlete and an excellent skier, as well as a barbecue chef. He fed many people with his brisket and ribs and fixed a wonderful steak.
Matt had an amazing number of friends. No one in his family has ever known anyone who had more loyal friends than Matt had. Although he was a relatively quiet guy, people were attracted to him by his intelligence, his loyalty, and his quick and dry wit. His friends supported him when he became ill, and Matt was very humbled and grateful.
Matt is survived by his wife Hailey, his children Braden, Madelyn, and Brody, his parents Lee and Debbie Card, his sister Sarah Humphreys (Scott), his brother Dan (Tara), his nieces and nephews, Kate and Lauren Humphreys and Will and Andy Card, his uncle Hank Card (Kristen), his aunts Nancy Hynes (David), Kathy Garetson (Paul), and Jamie McGraw (Dennis Burns), eight cousins, and a host of loyal and true friends. Hailey was an amazing partner and caregiver for Matt, always loving, positive, and encouraging. Matt was predeceased by his grandparents, Bill and Alva Card and Jim and Dodie McGraw, and his lifelong friends Bucky Morgan and Brett Johnston. The family would like to thank his medical providers, especially Dr. Dave Lam, Dr. Bridger Cox (both Betas) and Alpha Hospice. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Matt Card Children Education Fund at Citizens Bank and Trust of Ardmore, c/o Nancy Sjulin, P.O. Box 1689, Ardmore, Oklahoma 73401.
Posted online on January 20, 2021