Matthew  McClure

Matthew Jon McClure

Thursday, April 29th, 1971 - Tuesday, July 7th, 2020
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Matt McClure, 49, passed away on Tuesday July 7 th . Matt is preceded in death by his parents N. Frank
and Shirley McClure, and sister Patricia. Matt is survived by his devoted wife of 27 years Tara, three
beautiful daughters McKenzie, Madison, and Morgan, older sister and brothers Sharon (Bob), David
(Sherry), and Mark (Amy), and many beloved extended family members in Pennsylvania and New
England. Matt was born on April 29 th , 1971 in Harrisburg, PA and relocated to Phoenix, AZ with family in
1983. Throughout his childhood, Matt enjoyed many sports including gymnastics and pole vaulting. He
continued his education at Arizona State University, earning both a bachelor’s degree in Aeronautical
Engineering and an MBA, and spent over 24 years as a highly-respected Mechanical Engineer for
Honeywell Aerospace (our own personal “rocket scientist”), and recently retired to pursue
entrepreneurial endeavors.
Matt had a sense of adventure and enjoyed drives on his motorcycle, flying
airplanes, hiking Camelback Mountain with his wife, running in the annual Pat’s (Tillman) Run,
snowboarding with his girls, attending Diamondback games, ziplining with his family in Hawaii, and
vacationing with friends in Rocky Point. Most of all, Matt enjoyed time with his family and was a
Cheerleader Dad (literally). He attended each girls’ competitions through the years, but was always on
top of their studies, and enjoyed every date night possible with his wife. His cherished friends and
family will miss him greatly.
Due to COVID19 occupancy limitations, a memorial service will be held by
invitation only on Thursday July 23rd at Falconer Funeral Home. To watch via live stream or in the
future, visit (“Matthew Jon McClure Memorial” on YouTube channel
e025796). In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his name to the American Foundation for
Suicide Prevention (

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    Thursday, July 23rd, 2020 | 9:00am
    Thursday, July 23rd, 2020 9:00am
    Falconer Funeral Home
    251 W. Juniper Ave.
    GILBERT, AZ 85233
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Jerry Thompson

Posted at 01:26pm
I worked with Matt for at least 20 years. I was lucky enough to work with the fifth floor Space and Marine group and enjoyed the programs and getting to ask questions about technology and the programs I was buying. Over time I recognized a handful of engineers who stuck out as exceptional at their job. Matt was one of them. His capacity to organize and direct at high levels was amazing. Matt was always pleasant and made time to talk to whoever needed it. Matt was on time and to the point while being kind and charismatic. His leadership in managing was equal to his engineering skills. I admired him as an elite engineer, manager and friend.
Jerry Thompson

Dennis Schauer

Posted at 12:47pm
Matt was a great and dedicated engineer and coworker and will be dearly missed. I will pray for his family.

Dennis Schauer, Lead Project Engineer Retired.

Ross Fishman

Posted at 01:01am
Matt’s big smile said so much about him. He was kind, considerate, funny and truly a fine person. My condolences to Matt’s family and hope they find peace soon.

Lou Flamm

Posted at 09:58pm
I have had the pleasure of working with Matt since he joined Honeywell in Tempe back in the 1990's, as an intern if memory serves me correctly. Smart and hard working, it was a joy to see him advance in his career. He often shared the pride and love he had for his growing family. Our opportunities to interact decreased as our jobs took us to different sites for ~15 years, but our paths crossed again a few years ago at the Tempe campus with offices 30 feet apart. How fortunate for me! His commitment to family, fitness and leading his team were inspirational and set a high bar for all that knew him. I valued every opportunity I had to get his input and perspective. Both of our families love to travel and Matt talked at length about how much he enjoyed a bucket list family vacation to Kauai. He cherished the extended, focused time with Tara and their girls. They have a knack for planning (understatement!) and Matt loaned us THE MOST THOROUGH travel guide binder that even AAA would envy and we planned a trip of our own. It was one of the best vacations we have ever had, and Matt and I enjoyed swapping photos afterward.
Words cannot adequately express our heartfelt condolences to Tara and family. We pray the day will come soon when the joys your shared together will bring you comfort. Lou & Brigitte

Carey Schenkenberger

Posted at 02:07pm
Matt and I worked closely together in the early 2010’s on several programs. Since he was pretty reliable for a 5:30AM workout and in his office by 6:30ish, I’d typically swing by and hijack his early morning to discuss program related issues and ultimately it would turn to non-work related topics. We both enjoyed the snow and he loved to talk about his snowboard adventures with his girls. As they matured and became more independent on their boards he wanted to get back to skiing. So I gave him a set of skis I wasn’t using anymore, and he put in the research to buy some new boots. And you know Matt, he left no stone unturned in his research and boot fittings. So he down-selected on the perfect boots. Well, 1 ski outing later, his feet were numb and didn’t recover feeling for several months after that. Of course, when he told me his feet were numb from the start of the day, I could only razz him for not stopping after a few runs, or at least lunch time. But no, he was determined to get the full day in. Not funny at the time, but we definitely had some laughs about it after he was able to start running again. Even after I started working out of the Phoenix site the last few years, I’d still stop by his office every 1-2 months to catch up. It will be tough to walk by that door next time. Matt, we miss you buddy.

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