Matthew T. Denton

Matthew Thomas Denton, age 41, of Lansing, Michigan, passed away Tuesday, May 5, 2020.  He was born to Thomas J. and Barbara E. (Nielsen) Denton on June 26, 1978, in Lansing, Michigan.  He will be remembered as a devoted husband, loving father, cherished brother, and treasured friend.

Matthew lived loud and loved absolutely.  He gave back to his community by helping at a local homeless shelter, serving meals on holidays, and cleaning the shores of the Grand River.  His generous spirit will be mourned.

Matthew is survived by his wife, Jessica (Allen-Mason) Denton; his daughters, Gabi and Zoe; his sons, Thomas, Jeffrey, Johnathon, and Jake; his mother, Barbara Denton; six siblings, Christopher Denton, Melissa Murphy, Anna Denton, Nancy Anderson, Sarah Pace, and Jennifer Todd; many nieces, nephews and extended family members.  Matthew was preceded in death by his father, Thomas Denton.

With his immense heart, Matthew included dearly loved friends in his family including Levi, Joey, and Scott Rose; Victor and Christine Hansens; Dianne Morris; Rachel Bolton; Pearl, Jenna, and Silas Cope; Jim Lantz, and Troy Borgman.

A memorial gathering will be arranged in the summer of 2020.

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Ron and Tammy Lay
May 7, 2020 at 5:50 pm

We have had the honor and joy of raising his and our son Jeffrey who has his same sweet and loving spirit. We will always hold Matt close in our hearts. He will be so greatly missed. The world is a sadder place without him in it.

May 7, 2020 at 5:57 pm

Rest in paradise my brother

May 7, 2020 at 6:03 pm

Tammy you are and will always be our family .. thank you for the kind words about Matt.

Robin McCloud
May 7, 2020 at 7:25 pm

I’m so truly sorry about the loss of Matt!! He was a great man and friend! Blessings to ALL!

Victor and Christian Hansens
May 7, 2020 at 7:28 pm

The World just lost a GREAT FATHER. We have talked about life, love and loss. Many times we would be looking at each other, nit knowimg where our donations may come from. “Well, we don’t know what Gods plan is, we know he has one” Yep, thst is what my mom, Barb, always said” and some how we made it through. Trusting thst we are doing right by God. We could say we don’t care what others think, that is not true, we care we just.try our best.
Matt told me he had some damily members that may have mis-understood Matt and his Love for Jessie., Drew, Jonathan, Zoe, gabby and Jake. Inam not good with details, you know who you are. You should know he lived you all. Sorry my mind us mush, We love all of you too.
I love you Matt, We will see you again. VV

J D and Lynda Marks
May 7, 2020 at 8:00 pm

We had the pleasure to meet Matt and Jessica in Florida. They spent the day with us and we enjoyed each other so much. We talked long about their children and how proud they were of them. Thanks Anna and Jesse for sharing your beautiful family with us.

Pamela Tacey
May 7, 2020 at 8:27 pm

I met this wonderful family at the restaurant I worked at. They were the nicest, funniest , most giving people I’ve ever met . We became life long friends and my heart is broken for your families loss. Heaven gained an angel to look over you all . God bless you all . Rest In Peace Matthew .

Jennifer Todd
May 7, 2020 at 8:43 pm

Matt, thank you for being the best big brother i could have ever asked for. I cannot say enough about how much i am going to miss you and your laugh, and how even though im 34 you still called me “Jenny”. I love you, always and forever.
Until we meet again…

May 7, 2020 at 9:18 pm

One of the good ones. Matt treated me kind at a time I needed it most. I will.never forget that or his infectious spirit. My heart breaks for your family and everyone else who had the pleasure of knowing you. Rest easy, Matt.

Jennifer Sorrow
May 7, 2020 at 9:37 pm

So very sorry for the loss you all are going through matt was an amazing person and he will be greatly missed my heart and prayer’s to all of you in this sorrowful time jess if you ever need anything please don’t be afraid to reach to me I’m always here to help or just to listen if you need to vent.

Sarah Denton Pace
May 7, 2020 at 9:53 pm

Oh gosh where do I begin. I will never forget you my “little” brother. I will always remember with fondness our secret trips to the park & then QD to pick up discarded cans & turn them in to buy ourselves some pop. Or putting pillows on the ground on the side of the house so we could jump out the 2nd story window. Or you stabbing me in the hand with a fork because I was trying to steal some of your food 🙂 Or all the years you gave me such anxiety because I was away at college and worried about you. Or you walking me down the aisle because Dad was already up in Heaven.Or you being such a loving Uncle to my kids. Giving Nancy that ceramic bird because she fell in love with it and named it Harry – even when we all knew she would end up breaking it. For buying her a stuffed bird when in fact, she did break Harry. For all the times you came to Chicago to visit. For loving my husband even when he doubted his acceptance in our family. You my brother turned out to be an awesome human being. I am forever proud that I was your sister. I will see you again someday and in the mean time tell Dad I love him and give him a hug for me. I love you Matt.

Arnold A Allen III
May 7, 2020 at 11:34 pm

Jessica, Thomas, Johnathan and Zoe; Aunt Sandy, Alexis and I love you and our thoughts and prayers are with you. Life is a mystery, we never know the time that we have on this earth, we can only live the best life we can while we are here. Matt did just that, he was an intellectual, an avid reader. He sucked the marrow out of everyday, he cared and loved his family deeply; Matt was the epitome of selfless service donating his time freely, setting the example for his friends and family to follow. As our journey continues on this blue marble, Matt will forever live in our hearts and minds, and I for one will always see Matt this way.
Godspeed Matt. We’ll see you on the high ground.
Uncle Arnie, Aunt Sandy and Alexis.

Jay Bud
May 8, 2020 at 7:18 am

Matt was one of the best guys iv ever met his. His love of his family an friends ran deep. And his compassion for helping others was truly amazing.. Matt will be deeply missed.. it was a honor to have spent time with you..

Becky Gradowski
May 8, 2020 at 8:16 am

Jess my heart breaks for you and your family. I know how deeply you loved Matt and him you. I know his family was first but I don’t know what God’s plans for him are but it must be important. Matt left way to early in his life and I am sorry for yours and your family’s heartbreak.
Becky and John Gradowski

Tammy S Tyler
May 8, 2020 at 2:51 pm

Jessica I knew the first time I met Matt you and him were the perfect match of course I did not know him very long I knew he was the right guy for you the way he looked at you and you looked at him he will be missed dearly he was an awesome father great with the kids and to you an amazing husband there had to have been a reason why God had called him home I know at this time it hurts just remember he is with you everyday until it’s time for you to come home Matt you’re an amazing person you will be missed you had a great laugh and you loved your family it was an honor to have known you rest in peace my friend You Never Say Goodbye it’s always till we meet again

Heather Hoisington
May 8, 2020 at 11:27 pm

Denton Family,
I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Ms. Hoisington and Family


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