Corbett, Matthew George


Matthew George Corbett of Dallas, Texas died on March 28, 2014 following a brief illness. Matt was born on July 27, 1955 in Las Cruces, New Mexico.  His parents were Elizabeth Burn Corbett and Roger Corbett. Matt left his hometown to attend Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics.  Matt married Patricia O’Hara and they had two children, John Rawson Corbett and Kaitlyn Elizabeth Corbett. Matt deeply loved his children, took great pride in their accomplishments, and inspired them to become compassionate adults. Inclusive and respectful of everyone he met, he freely gave his time to people in need. His friends will remember Matt for his tremendous sense of humor and storytelling.  An avid outdoorsman, Matt enjoyed bow hunting, fishing, and golf.

Matt worked with Dallas Area Habitat for Humanity where he was an integral part of the Construction team. He was responsible for supervising rehabilitation projects to prepare existing and foreclosed homes for new Habitat homeowners. Matt worked tirelessly and with pride ensuring the reconstruction was thoroughly completed so that a Dallas Habitat Partner family could achieve their dream of homeownership.  The mission of Habitat for Humanity is seeking to put God’s love in action, bringing people together to build homes, communities, and hope.  Matt lived this mission, was passionate in serving others, and enjoyed working with fellow Dallas Habitat employees and community volunteers. He will be missed and remembered for his dedication, generosity and many accomplishments. Prior to joining Habitat, Matt was a long time Dallas home builder with ICC certifications and a Director of Marketing at Pangburn Company where he coordinated new product development. Left to cherish his memories are Pat, John, and Kaitlyn Corbett and his sister, Susan Hooks and husband Dane of Dallas.

A memorial service will be held at Good Shepherd Episcopal Church, Dallas, TX on Friday, April 4, 2014 at 1 p.m., followed by a memorial gathering.  Burial at the Columbarium Chapel at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Las Cruces, NM will be at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Dallas Area Habitat for Humanity at

11 replies on “Corbett, Matthew George”

Rosemary says:

Dear Pat, Kaitlyn, and John,

May you find support from each other and in knowing that many are keeping you in their thoughts. My deepest condolences to you all.


Charles & Debbie says:

Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for your loss…our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.

The crew @ Enterprise plumbing says:

Gonna miss you Matt,
In the construction profession their are builders you have to work with and then there are those you want to work with, matt was in the later group super easy going, pleasant, kind and professional.

Mike Dickerson says:

Matt, gonna miss you bud and i pray for your family’s comfort.
Philipians 4:6,7 is a recipe for comfort.
I have faith in john 5:28,29 & Revelation 21:3,4 where it says you’ll be back, albeit under better world conditions.
I’ll be thinking of you from time to time until i see you again in the new world Jehovah promised us at Daniel 2:44 and Jesus verified at matthew 6:9,10. So until them i better keep up the good work.

Bernadine Daniell says:

Your family is in our thoughts and prayers. We fondly remember Matt as an avid fan watching John play soccer in elementary school. The loss is great, but the memories are sweet.
God Bless you all,
Bernadine, Bob & Will Daniell

Janette (Kern) Barnes says:

Dear Patti, John and Kaitlyn,
I am so sorry to learn of your loss. I pray the support of friends and family will comfort you at this difficult time.

Bradley Whited says:

Pat, Kaitlyn, and John: My deepest sympathy and condolences to all of you. Know that we are all feeling your loss and keeping you in our thoughts.

Marianne McCullough says:

My prayers are with each of you! What a beautiful obituary and memory of Matt. He seems to be a wonderful man. May God give you His peace and strength! He will comfort you.

Brent & Sarah Perkins says:

Patti, John and Kaitlyn, We are very sorry to hear of Matt’s passing. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Randy Brewer says:

Now I understand why you were so happy when I by chance bumped into you in that hallway at Cornell so many years ago – you had a vision of the future to come. My sincerest thoughts are with you and your family.

Mike Morvan says:

Patricia, John, Kaitlyn – I’m so sorry. I only just heard that Matt passed away. I don’t many people i consider to be true friends, but i can tell you all that Matt was one of my very best friends. John & Kait – you dad and i used to talk about you guys all the time while on the road to a hunt, or wherever. He was so proud of you. I can’t imagine your loss. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. God Bless you all and provide you peace and comfort. Love – Mike Morvan

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