Matthew Darren Lemaster, Sr.

June 29, 1969 ‒ November 06, 2014

Mansfield, Ohio

MANSFIELD: Matthew Darren Lemaster, Sr., passed away unexpectedly Thursday, November 6, 2014. He was 45.

Matthew was born June 29, 1969 in Mansfield to parents Jimmie Donald Lemaster and Sharon Marie (Simmons) Cole.      He was graduated from Mansfield Sr High with the class of 1987 and on September 11, 1989 he married Melissa McDavitt.

He was employed as a truck driver for Moores Lumber where he worked for over 25 years and received several awards.

In free time, he thoroughly enjoyed hunting, fishing, and golfing. He would always cheer for the Browns and the Buckeyes and could always make his friends and family laugh.

He was a life-long attendee of Dean Road Freewill Baptist Church in Mansfield.

Matthew is survived by his mother Sharon Cole of Mansfield; his son Matthew Darren Lemaster, Jr. (fiancée Danielle Gayheart) of Sandusky; his wife Melissa Lemaster of Mansfield; two sisters Jodie Lemaster and Brenda Ferguson both of Mansfield; very close friends Jeremiah Pence of Mansfield, Garl Adkins of Mansfield, and Jeff Sergeant of Bellville; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, great-nieces, great-nephews, extended family, and friends.

He was preceded in death by his brother Michael Lemaster; his father Jimmie Lemaster; his step-father Clayton Cole; a close friend Marvin Thompson (who was like a father to Matt); a cousin Shelly Hemperly; maternal grandparents Dennis &Harriet Simmons; and paternal grandparents Jay & Irene Lemaster.

The family will receive friends 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, November 12, 2014 in the Finefrock Chapel of Snyder Funeral Home, 350 Marion Ave in Mansfield. A funeral service honoring his life will be held 11 a.m. Thursday in the Dean Road Freewill Baptist Church, 1169 Mill Rd in Mansfield, with Pastor Herman Copley and Pastor Earl Tackett officiating. Burial will follow in Mansfield Cemetery.

Contributions in his memory to benefit his funeral expenses may be made at the funeral home.

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  • Matt and I met at Moore’s when I was 16, working beside him while he drove and Jeremiah and I unloaded materials. From the beginning, Matt looked out for us both like a big brother would. Time would pass, and we all went on to other jobs, but lifelong friendships were made in that lumberyard.

    Matt saved us one of Winston’s pups for my sons 2nd birthday, and we still have that ole’ boy today. I don’t look at that beautiful, amazing friend one time without remembering the amazing friendship that dog was gracefully given to us from. Matt didn’t just become a friend, but he brought other friends into my life, too.

    Missy and Darren were friends, too, and my heart goes out to them in this difficult time. While things got tough for us all at times, none of us ever quite caring about the others. Matt loved my own boys, too, and thought of them when he went away on vacations like he would his own family, bringing back souvenirs for my boys.

    He and the friendship we had will be truly missed for the rest of my life. I loved that guy I met in that lumberyard, and I always will.

    So long friend. See you on the other side.

  • Matt was a great guy. Although we had our differences at times we worked together at Menards and made amends. I will always remember his favorite saying: “Mean what you say and say what you mean!” You will be missed. To Matt’s family, I am so sorry for your loss and you are in my prayers. Matt, I will see you on the other side my friend.

  • I believe childhood friends are always connected at the heart even though we drift apart as adults. My hearts breaks for your early departure. You will always be remembered for the sweet person you were. Love and Prayers to your family. Good Bye my friend.

    • Many happy memories from high school with Matt. So sorry for the loss of this sweet guy. Rest in peace my friend.

  • We were childhood friends from Empire Elementary School. He was always kind to me. One thing that I’ve noticed from Facebook was that my friend knew the Lord as his personal savior and that gives me a piece of mine. The Lemaster Family our in my prayers! I pray for peace and comfort for you all! May God continue to bless you during this time of bereavement.

    Chrissy Jones

  • Matt and I attended Empire Elementary school. He was always kind and personable. Matt will be truly missed. Praying for his family.Class of 87. Your friend, Cynthia Whitson- Kyser

  • matt n i went to school tgeather he was a great man n sad to hear of his passing! god bless you all at this hard time . see you on the other side my friend love you matt !!!

  • Matthew was a really nice man. Years ago, we would play basketball around this time of the year. I also have good memories of us deer hunting together. He was always a caring young man with a big heart! Our condolences truly go out to this wonderful family. My prayer is that you may find comfort in the many wonderful memories.
    Dale Spencer

  • Rest in peace. Such a dear person. Matt was in most of my classes in middle and high school. I was very shocked of hearing this awful news. Matt always had a smile on his face and liked very much to joke around. Too much at times he kept us in trouble. Being that most classes was in alphabetical order he was always right in front of me. All I can say is the memories will put smiles on my face as he crosses my mind. The family as well as Matt are in my thoughts and prayers. What a great loss to this world. But what a great addition to our Angel’s watching over us. I am more than sure he will be very missed. I live in Florida now so I apologize I cannot attend the services. May God bless you all.

  • I meet matt while loading at. Next generation we became friends and met other friends through Matt I sure enjoyed the times we got to hang out he was a fun and funny guy
    To his family I am so sorry for your loss
    See you on the other side my friend