Matthew Dean McManus
Matthew (Matt) McManus, 56 of Portland, passed away on Jan 19th, 2018 from complications of a fall, 10 years after being diagnosed with medulloblastoma (brain cancer). He was born Feb 23rd, 1961 to Bernie and Carol McManus. He graduated from Sandy High School. Matt married Dr. Jennifer Lyons on October 12th in 2002.
Matt loved Christmas so much that he made it his occupation as a Christmas tree farmer/retailer. Not only did he grow the trees from seedlings but he also harvested them, transported multiple semi-truck loads of trees each year to Dallas Texas, and then marketed them directly to the families that enjoyed his trees in their own homes. Matt's favorite part of the job was helping the families pick out the tree that was right for them and delivering it to them stand and all!
Matt is survived by his wife, Dr. Jennifer Lyons of Portland, brother Mark McManus, sisters Kim McManus and Michelle Skinner, stepmom Glenna McManus, nieces Katie, Becky, Nikki, Hannah, Lydia and nephew Trevor.
Snowboarding was a passion of Matt's and he was one of the first people to snowboard on Mt. Hood. He always liked adventure, enjoying 10 years of heliboarding (helicopter skiing) in British Columbia with Jennifer. Matt participated in many of the week long Cycle Oregon events with his wife and friends. Even though he wasn't able to continue snowboarding or cycling after his brain cancer diagnosis in 2008, he continued to enjoy scuba diving, even shark cage diving off the San Francisco coast. He took numerous and very memorable vacations with his wife and mother-in-law…he was truly a great son-in-law to Bert Lyons taking her on most of his scuba diving trips. Matt also enjoyed spending time with his niece Lydia, an occasional evening playing poker, or having a "game night" with friends.
Matt was most known for his never-ending kindness, truly a gift to everyone lucky enough to meet him. If you knew Matt you loved Matt. He was the guy that always made you laugh, making everyone feel comfortable and included. He cherished his good friends, valuing family and friends more than anything else. He made sure everyone was having a great time with his charismatic sense of humor. He always remained optimistic even after being diagnosed with cancer. Matt was successful in achieving his goal to always have fun every day of his life. His kind and gentle nature will be missed by all who were fortunate enough to have known him.
Remembrance of life to follow.