Matthew John Crawford

Matthew John Crawford, 41, of Vega, TX passed away January 7, 2020.

Services will be at 3:00 P.M., Friday, January 10, 2020, at Vega High School Auditorium, with John Herweg and Winfield Davenport officiating. Burial will be at Memorial Park Cemetery at Vega, with Charles Davenport officiating. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, Amarillo.

Matthew John Crawford started his journey on earth July 27, 1978 in Canadian, TX, born to Johnny and Patty Crawford. He spent his young years in Canadian until the family moved to Carthage, Tx. It was here that he celebrated his spiritual birthday when he gave his life to Jesus on a Sunday night thanks to his teacher Sandy. Matt was privileged and extremely blessed to grow up in godly home where his mom and dad taught him to love Jesus and serve him faithfully.

Matt graduated high school in 1996 in Hollis, OK and went on to Wayland Baptist where after 4 ½ grueling years he received his undergrad in Religion (biblical studies). It was at Wayland that God gave him the second-best thing and the most valuable treasure in his life (after his salvation) when he met Jalie Robnett. After wearing her down for 18 months, she finally said yes & she became Mrs. Matt Crawford on a chilly day in January 2002. After 5 glorious years of marriage God blessed Matt & Jalie with the first of 4 treasures when Sophi was born on a rainy night in August 2017. God has blessed Matt & Jalie with 4 amazing little men and women of God with Elijah, Zeph, and Heidi.

Matt began his ministry career at the age of 19, serving as a summer children’s / youth intern at Royal Oaks Church in Everman, TX. He went on to serve as his dad’s youth minister at FBC Mobeetie and the youth minister at FBC Matador while at Wayland. He has attempted to serve God faithfully while pointing people to Jesus throughout his 20 years in ministry. He served FBC Matador and FBC Vega as pastor. He worked way too many hours as the Assistant Camp Director at Ceta Canyon Camp and Retreat Center. He served as volunteer youth minister, house church starter, men’s ministry coordinator, and various other positions when not in full-time positions. It was never about his kingdom; it’s always been about building God’s Kingdom!

God has taught Matt his greatest lessons in compassion, patience, humility, and trusting God through his journey of prostate cancer the last 2 years. He wants all of you to know, cancer didn’t win. God was ready for him to come home.

After meeting Jesus, he is visiting with both sets of grandparents who went on to Heaven before him.

He hopefully has made an impact that will last for years to come on his wife Jalie and 4 kids: Sophia, Elijah, Zeph, and Heidi of Vega. His parents Johnny and Patty Crawford of Wheeler, TX. His sister Mandy Owens and husband Jason of Yukon, OK and their two boys: Jonathan and David. The most loving and supportive church family of FBC Vega, many co-workers, enemies, and friends.

The family will receive friends from 5:00 P.M. – 7:00 P.M., Thursday, January 9, 2020, at First Baptist Church in Vega. Viewing will be from 11:00 A.M.- 7:00 P.M., Thursday, January 9, 2020 and 10:00 A.M.- 1:00 P.M., Friday, January 10, 2020, at First Baptist Church in Vega.

33 Replies to “Matthew John Crawford”

  1. I will always be thankful for the love and care I received from Matt when Spencer went home to heaven and pray for God to comfort Jalie, the children and the rest of the family. May God’s love and peace be felt by each of you.

  2. Jalie, we did not find out about Matt until Sunday at church. We have thought about you often throughout the years since you left here, and we are so sorry that you didn’t have more years with Matt. We pray for God to give you all the comfort and peace and help that you are going to be needing in the time ahead.

  3. May God continue to give yall peace and strength as you each grieve the loss of your awesome Man of God. I’m sorry that Judy, Daddy ; nor, I were able to attend the service.

    With deepest sympathy,
    The Billy Joe Broaddus Family

  4. Our family is praying hard for you. You have gotten us though some tough things and always just loved us. Now is our turn to help y’all get through this. God has you wrapped in His arms. Call if you need anything!!!!!!!
    Love y’all!
    Jay and Vietta Newton
    Ernest and Ashley Newton
    Tucson and Heather Smith (and of course Hartley!)

  5. Sending loving thoughts to you guys! Grew up with this family in Canadian and even reconnected with Matt a few years ago in Canton while delivering the mail. We send our prayers.

  6. Sorry to hear of Matt’s passing. I graduated with Matt fron Hollis High School. I remember him being a goofball especially on band trips. Prayers to his entire family.

  7. Matt was a mighty warrior for JESUS Christ. He was a man of great faith and courage He combined the two as no one I’ve ever known. He was a dear friend and brother in the LORD

  8. Sorry to hear of your loss. All of the family is in our thought and prayers. Spent many days as neighbors of this family, with kids playing together, fond memories. May God be with all of you and comfort you.

  9. I remember Matt when he was growing up at FBC in Canadian. I love his parents and sister even though I haven’t seen any of them for many years. I am so sorry he has been taken so young but know he is in a better place. May God bless you all and his wife and children with comfort during this difficult time.

  10. Mark and I were blessed to meet Matt and his family through Ceta Canyon. We are so sorry for your loss and pray God’s comfort surround Jalie and the 4 kids right now.

  11. It was my honor to meet Matt through Ceta Canyon. He exemplified God’s love in all his actions. He had a servant’s heart and more importantly a heart to see people come to faith in Christ. He had a positive impact on many of our church youth. On behalf of myself and the congregation of First United Methodist Church, Hereford, may God’s comfort be with his wife, children and church family.

  12. My deepest sympathy and prayers go out to his wife and children, and to my dear old best friend Johnny and his wife Patty. I pray Jesus bless you all with peace and understanding during this difficult time.

  13. Our heartfelt thoughts and prayers are with the family. May God give His special peace and comfort to Jalie and the children, his parents and all who loved Matt.

  14. Continued prayers for your family. May Gods peace rule over your life today and in the days to come. Les and Ruth Reed

  15. Prayers and strength for your family, and Johnny and Patty. You were deeply loved by friends and family. We send our love and prayers to all friends and family . Bobby and Louise Whitten.

  16. Matt touched many lives with the love and joy of Christ. Well done, buddy. The suffering is over. We celebrate his life in the midst of sorrow.

  17. My prayers for all of the family. Matt will always hold a special place in my heart. May God bless you all and give the peace that passes all understanding. We all have this hope that comes with accepting Jesus as our Lord and Savior, that we will be re-united with our loved ones again. Love, Doris Moore

  18. Matt’s love for Jesus , his family and friends will always be remembered. We count it an honor to call him family. Our love and prayers.
    Wayne and Joline Jones

  19. Our prayers go out to Matt’s wife and children also to our dear friends Johnny and Patty and his sister and family. May God give you all peace and comfort at this time. We love you all Charlie and Karen Bateman

  20. Our prayers go out to Matt’s wife and children also to our dear friends Johnny and Patty and his sister and family. May God give you all peace and comfort at this time. We love you all Charlie and Ksren Bateman

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