Thursday, August 4


Once upon a time . . .

                                       . . . in the 80's my dad married a woman named Joan. She was his 2nd wife. Joan had 3 kids. A daughter and 2 sons. One son named Matt who was my exact same age. We had so much fun together. He would sneak my dads truck out at night and we would all laugh and laugh pushing that truck out of the driveway being as quiet as possible. When your suppose to be quiet is when you laugh the most.

Then a little less than a year being married, dad left Joan and we moved out. I never saw them again. My new brothers and sisters.

Months ago I reunited with the daughter on Facebook and asked how the family was doing.

And then yesterday I read this . . .

Family, friends remember father and son who died in plane crash

ELK, Wash. -- A memorial service for Matthew Keith Annis, 45, and Matthew Riley Annis, 8, is scheduled for Saturday, July 16 at 3:00 p.m. It will be held at Deer Park Elementary School.
Family members are inviting the public to attend.
The father and son left the Elk Heights Airport July 8. They were headed for Arlington, Washington, but they never arrived.
Family members reported them missing after they did not check in.
FAA spokesman Mike Fergus said the wreckage of the Piper PA 22 was spotted the next day on the Cascade foothills in Snohomish County.
SAR volunteers from Everett Mountain Rescue were dropped onto a ridge above the crash site Sunday and then rappelled to the scene, which was located in steep terrain.
They were able to recover the bodies and a sheriff’s office helicopter was used to bring them out of the site.
The FAA said an investigation is underway to determine the cause of the crash.

And read this . . .

Obituaries for July 18, 2011

Mathew Keith Annis
Mathew Keith Annis, 45, of Elk, Wash., died July 8, 2011, in a private aircraft accident.
His memorial service was Saturday at the Vine Community Church in Deer Park Elementary at Elk, Wash.
He died doing what he loved on his way to the Arlington, Wash., Air Show, his family said.
Mathew Keith was born on May 15, 1966, at Sacramento, Calif., to Joan James and Terry Annis. He graduated from Mount Tahoma High School in 1984. He went on to graduate from the Spartan School of Aeronautics in Tulsa Okla., in 1986.
After graduating, he went on to work for Continental Airlines as an A&P mechanic at the Los Angeles International Airport and then transferred to the Seattle-Tacoma Airport. He then went to work for Horizon Air, in 1991, at Portland International Airport where he met the love of his life, his wife, Nanine. They transferred to Spokane, Wash., in 1994.
During his time in Spokane, he was promoted to lead mechanic. In 2010, he was promoted to aircraft maintenance supervisor (OSR) at COE. Starting in 1994, Mathew Keith and Nanine spent many hours together building their home. In 2003, their son, Matthew Riley, was born. A few years later, they were had a daughter, Emma LeRae.
Along with his great love of family, Mathew Keith loved to fish, boat, hike, snowmobile, ski, and pilot his plane.
“You might say he loved the outdoors or anything with wings,” his family said.
Mathew Keith loved to mentor and help anybody who needed it. He would give you the shirt off of his back, his family said. He was very dedicated to his family, job, and company, Horizon Air.
Mathew Keith Annis will be greatly missed by all who were fortunate to have known him, his family said.
Survivors include his wife of 15 years, Nanine; daughter, Emma Lerae; parents, Terry and Kathy Annis and John and Joan James; sister, LeRae Christine Lee; brother, Terrance Michael Annis; grandparents, Frank and Lydda Schneider and Alma Greeley; and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

Mathew Riley Annis
Mathew Riley Annis, 8, of Elk, Wash., died with his father in a private aircraft accident on July 8, 2011.
His memorial service was Saturday at the Vine Community Church in Deer Park Elementary at Elk, Wash.
Mathew Riley loved being with his father and sharing their common passions.
Mathew Riley was born on March 9, 2003, at Spokane Wash., to Mathew Keith and Nanine Annis. He was a student at Riverside Elementary School.
He loved to play baseball. He belonged to the Riverside Rough Riders wrestling club. He loved to fish with family and he loved to ride his motorcycle after school. He also loved to snowmobile with his family.
He was his father’s lieutenant when it came to their love of the outdoors and his father’s right seat in anything with wings, family members said. Mathew Riley Annis will be greatly missed by all who loved and were fortunate to have know him, they said.
Mathew Riley garnered awards for helping other students in school. When not with his family, he was with and dearly loved his cousin, Terrance Annis, also known as “TC,” and his grandparents, John and Joan James.
Survived include his mother, Nanine Annis; his sister, Emma Lerae; grandparents, Terry and Kathy Annis, John and Joan James, and Keldon and Bonnie Gross; his Aunt LaRae Christine Lee and Uncle Terrance Michael Annis; great- grandparents, Frank and Lydda Schneider and Alma Greeley; and numerous other aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to Nanine Annis through Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home, P.O. Box 543, Halfway, OR or at any US Bank in a special account for Nanine.

He died. :-( He died in a plane crash with his 8 year old son. He left behind a wife and daughter.

I am very saddened. 

Life is short.

Rest in Peace.

1 comment:

  1. So very sad. I am so sorry for your loss. I am sure he was a great father to his sweet son and family. Praying for all.