Matthew Garrett Turner, of Orange Park, FL, passed away on Monday, February 5, 2018 at the age of 24.
Matt was born to parents Mary and Kelly Turner on July 8, 1993 in Ocala, FL. He grew up with his younger sister Carmen Kelly Turner and attended Ridgeview High School. On March 18, 2017, he married the love of his life, Callie Henson. He attended University of Central Florida where he became an electrical engineer and worked at NASA for the space camp program.
With a smile like a reflex and laughter that filled the room, Matt had an extreme love for nature and animals. He loved space and the children with whom he shared that passion. He was gifted musically and leaves behind a wonderful catalogue of songs he both wrote and performed. He shared his gift on the guitar with all who knew him, including his fellow cancer patients at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, FL.
Matt is survived by his wife Callie Henson; mother Mary Turner; father Kelly Turner; sister Carmen Turner; Poppy Frank Reed; Grandad Lee Turner; Grammy Diane Turner; Uncle Gavin; Aunt Lori; Uncle Jim; Aunt Kathy; Cousins Gavin, Emily, Ann and David; his extended family stateside; his extended family in Spain; all of the friends that filled his life with love and laughter. He is preceded in death by his Nana Maria Reed and Uncle Bo.
A memorial will be held on February 24, 2018 at 11am at Poppy’s property. Another memorial will be held at The Venue in Orlando FL on March 3, 2018 at 11:00 am. Friends and family are invited to attend. In gratitude to Dr. Damon Reed, Dr. Rick Gonzalez and everyone at Moffitt Cancer Center, donations can be made to Moffitt Cancer Center, Tampa FL. In gratitude to John Barber, Blue and everyone at the Barber Fund, donations can be made to the Barber Fund, Orlando FL.