May 13, 1965 – April 4, 2013
Matthew Steven Simpson, 47, of Hot Springs, a loving husband, devoted father andfriend of a multitude passed away Thursday April 4, 2013. He was born May 13, 1965in Bedford, Pennsylvania, to Marshall Roy Simpson and Mae Belle (Gaster) Minerich.Matthew was the fire chief of Lake Hamilton Fire Department. He worked for theArkansas Forestry Commission as the State Fire Wise Coordinator where he wasinstrumental in the operations of the forestry’s local air wing division during emergencyoperations. He was an instructor at the Arkansas Fire Academy and continued as anadjunct instructor.
Matthew was also a master plumber and owned S & M Plumbing. He became aplumbing inspector and a plan reviewer for the Arkansas Department of Health. He lovedrebuilding and restoring old tractors and was known to many as “Tractor Matt”. Matthew was a compassionate man who was obsessed with helping others. He also was a longtime, faithful member of the Methodist faith.
Matthew is preceded in death by his mother.
Survivors include his father; wife, Suellen Simpson; son, Matthew William Simpson;sisters, Belinda Bagby, Lorrie Hard; grandchildren, Taylor Thompson and Faith Chilldresand grandmother Marguerite Simpson.
Memorial donations may be made to the Arkansas Fallen Firefighters Memorial Fund.