• Liz Waters by Candlelight - Vigil for Matt

    Aug 29, 2020, 8:00 PM US/Central

    Liz Waters back patio facing Lake Mendota on the campus of the University of Wisconsin Madison

    UPDATE - Due to severe weather in the forecast, the Liz Waters by Candlelight event will be held on Saturday the 29th at 8:00 pm. The weather should be much more cooperative for us Saturday!

    Map to parking and Liz Waters back patio
    This event is for Matt's college age friends. Maybe you were friends or teammates from Oregon High School. Maybe you met him here at Liz Waters. Maybe you knew him from the Men's Club Basketball team or from intramurals. Maybe you knew him from Cru or from the Myrtle Beach mission trip. Or maybe you knew him from work or even from earlier days in Menomonee Falls or Elgin.

    However you knew him, please join us for a time of music and memories on the back patio at Liz Waters. If you are driving, please park in Lot 34 and make the short walk to the patio from the Lakeshore Path. The University is asking that we do not enter the residence hall.

    If you can, wear a shirt symbolizing how you best knew Matt. It would be great to see a bunch of UW or OHS or Cru or NMB gear. Be as creative as you want! Due to Covid-19 restrictions, please wear a mask and maintain a safe social distance during the event. If you forget your mask we have some extras for you. We are so hoping to see you!!

  • Drive Through Celebration

    Aug 29, 2020, 4:00 PM US/Central

    Oregon High School

    UPDATE - Due to severe weather in the forecast for Friday, the drive through celebration will be held on Saturday the 29th at 4:00 pm instead. The weather looks much better for that day!

    Please join us as we honor and celebrate the life of our Matt Pearson, so loved and so missed. We will have a drive through parade starting at 4:00 pm on Friday, August 28th. It will begin at Oregon High School located at 456 N. Perry Parkway. Meet in the main parking lot adjacent to the football field and tennis courts for instructions. 

    If you'd like to decorate your car with signs or streamers, balloons or window paint, feel free! (If you want to, not necessary). His favorite color was royal blue; he loved the Cubs, OHS and UW Madison. He loved basketball and soccer. Most of all we know he loved his family and friends, so if you can make it safely, please come.

    If you would like to take home a painted memory rock, there will be a limited number available at the event. We would love to see you there!

    We are planting a sugar maple tree in Matt's honor at a new park being built in Oregon called the Highlands of Netherwood Park. Matt's tree was donated by Ganshert Nursery and we so appreciate their kindness. Directions to visit the tree and see the memorial plaque can be found at the links below. We hope that you will get a chance to see it. It will be near a new soccer field at the park, just what Matt would have loved.

    Map to Matt's Tree at Highlands of Netherwood Park
    HON Park Map with Matt's Tree

  • Remote Memorial Service

    Aug 27, 2020, 7:00 PM US/Central


    Click Here to View and Download the Memorial for Matthew Pearson

    Please join us for a virtual event as we remember Matt. Music will start at 6:45 pm central time and the program will begin at 7:00 pm. During the first part of the service there will be speakers, music, and video. All online visitors will be muted for the service.

    The last part of the service is set aside for facilitated public sharing. If you would like to share a memory or say something about Matt, you will be able to raise your hand and the moderator will unmute you. We encourage you to speak and share any kind of stories during the sharing time - funny, sad, silly, inspiring.

    Feel free to wear royal blue (Matt's favorite color), Cubs gear, UW Madison attire, or Oregon High School t-shirts and jerseys! 

    The service will be recorded, so a few days after the event, it will be available online on Matt's page at Gathering Us.

The memorial organizer requested donations in honor of Matt Pearson


Funeral Expenses & Memorial Fund (Scholarship, Dedication, etc.).

Raised $275
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Memorial Created By
Mary Pearson

Matt Pearson

November 17, 1998 - April 21, 2020

We've created this GatheringUs memorial to celebrate the life of our Matthew, so loved and so missed. Including your stories and memories here will offer us great comfort. We've planned a remote memorial service for Thursday, August 27th, a drive through celebration on Friday, August 28th, and an...  see more

Click Here to View and Download the Memorial for Matthew Pearson Matthew Grant Pearson passed away on April 21st of 2020. Matt was a 21 year old junior in college at the University of Wisconsin studying Actuarial Science. He...  see more
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