Matthew A. Carnaby

Matthew A. Carnaby

Jul 30, 1965 – Oct 12, 2017

Preceded in death by father, Boyd A. Carnaby.  Survived by mother, Ruth Anne Carnaby; brothers, Brian A. (Jeanne Freeburg) and David B. (Kristin); other relatives and many friends.

The family will receive friends on Wednesday, October 18th from 5pm to 7pm at the West Center Chapel.  In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Nebraska Humane Society.




  • Tim Heller Posted October 13, 2017 9:15 pm

    Matt was brilliant. We enjoyed many afternoons together in junior high (Valley View) watching TV and talking. I lost track with him when we went to different high schools, but I never forgot his brilliant intellect and wonderful sense of humor.

  • Brad Brunk Posted October 14, 2017 2:47 pm

    He was one of my dearest and best friends. He was my little brother. I learned the life-long importance of music and especially the lyrics from him. Star Trek became meaningful because of him. Had never heard of Douglas Adams except for Matt, Now my favorite author. He was my son’s god-father. I was his best man. We lived together in three different places. God, please make sure that whatever it was that Matt was searching for is found and is brilliant and let him know that while the paths taken in life may be worrisome or riddled with challenges, the destination is stellar. As always, I am envious of you, I miss you, and I am a better man because of you. You have been and ever shall be my friend.

  • Mark Fiala Posted October 17, 2017 8:35 am

    I spent my entire pre-Air Force life growing up with Matt going to school, from 2nd grade through High School. He taught me many life lessons throughout high school while consistently beating at handball between classes. A better friend would be hard to find. Air Force life took me far away from Matt, but our friendship was never forgotten and he will be genuinely missed.

  • Douglas Wulf Posted October 17, 2017 11:58 am

    Growing up next door to the Carnaby house, Matt was a very big part of my childhood. I have the happiest thoughts of the many hours, days, and years Matt and I and all the kids in the neighborhood spent together playing, riding our bikes, and just being friends. I was very fortunate to have had such great neighborhood friends as Matt, Brian, and David. How strange it feels to say goodbye to someone who features so prominently in my very earliest memories. Of course, I knew Matt well throughout my school years in Omaha, but my biggest memories of Matt are the early ones. However, the best possible memories to have of any person perhaps are memories of splashing around in a little plastic pool and running through a sprinkler in the summertime or else of sledding down a hill and throwing snowballs in the wintertime. It doesn’t get better than that! Matt, all my happiest wishes and prayers are with you and your family.

  • Robin Catron Posted October 17, 2017 3:00 pm

    I met Matt my sophomore year of high school, he was a great person to have as a friend, he always had a smile on his face & an amazing singing voice. He taught me a lot about music & got me to listen to a lot of groups I probably wouldn’t have. We lost touch after high school but when certain songs come on the radio they remind me of Matt. Rest in peace my friend, you will be missed.

  • JOHN McGill Posted October 18, 2017 10:41 am

    Kent Righter and I coached Matt for one year of Little League baseball. Such a positive young man, so willing to learn and do anything that was asked of him. More than 40 years have passed, but remembering Matt still brings joy to my heart and a smile to my face. God Bless you Matt, and thanks for being such a great role model for teamwork and good sportsmanship!

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