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Obituary for Matt Norman

April 27, 1976 - April 10, 2018
Omaha, formerly of Creston, Iowa | Age 41


Matthew Shane Norman passed away on April 10, 2018, at the age of 41.

A Memorial Service in memory of Matt will be held on Wednesday, April 18, 2018 at 2 pm at The First Presbyterian Church in Creston, visitation with family receiving friends will begin at 1pm. A private burial will be at Graceland Cemetery, south of Creston
There will also be a 2nd memorial service in Omaha on Saturday, April 21, 2018 at 1pm at Faith Westwood United Methodist.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made for college funds for Harvey and Arlo or make a donation to your favorite charity in Matt's name. Online condolences may be left at

Matt was born April 27, 1976 and raised in Creston, graduating in 1994. Matt's passion for music began in his high school years and continued throughout his entire life. He attended Buena Vista University and graduated with degrees in Performing Arts and Music Education in 1999. While in college, Matt developed an interest in philanthropy and environmental causes.

After college graduation, Matt and his friend Andy Offenberger embarked on a year -long 48-state adventure, called Journey America, to document and record life in the US at the turn of the century. In September, 2001, Matt was hired to teach English in Japan and spent 3 years there. Following Japan, Matt joined 2 friends venturing through 20 countries from Mongolia to Ireland. Coming home to the US, he moved to Omaha, NE where he worked as a Sr. Sales Manager and performed in coffee shops, weddings and other venues. He also took a turn chairing the Omaha Earth Day celebration. His love of music continued and he sang with the Omaha Chamber Singers, the Omaha Symphonic Chorus, and more recently, Heartland Harmonizers (Barber Shop). Music brought him to his wife, Emily Anderson and they were married in May 2012. Then along came Harvey, age 3 and Arlo, age 1.

Treasuring his memory are his wife Emily, his precious children Harvey James and Arlo Jackson, his parents Jim and Debbie Norman, his sister Heather, his nieces Stella and Charlotte and his grandmother Donna Thaden. Matt will also be forever remembered by his large extended family and countless friends.

Matt was preceded in death by his grandparents Bob and Charlotte Norman, his grandfather Jim Thaden, and his uncle Don Norman.



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