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Matthew Vital

November 21, 1948 ~ December 2, 2018 (age 70)

                    Matthew Vital was born on November 21, 1948 to the parents of Alica Vital and Zelia Breaux in Welsh, Louisiana. Matthew was the baby out of twenty-one children. Matthews parents past away when he was very young, so he lived with his grandpa for a little while. He loved being around his grandpa. In 1965 Matthew was drafted by the Army, but he didn’t go because he was still in high school. Matthew graduated from Washington High School in 1966. But by 1969 he was drafted again by the Armed Forces of the Army. Matthew served with honor in the Vietnam War until 1971. After he served his time in Vietnam Matthew returned back to the United States of America and started his own carpentry business. Later Matthew became a radio DJ for KDIA in San Francisco, a limo chauffeur for the San Francisco Airport and worked at the Post office in Richmond, California and Walmart until he became ill.

                    Matthew attended Langley Alameda Community College where he earned to two A.A degrees in Humanities and Art. In 2010 Matthew earned another A.A degree in Early Childhood Education from American River College. Matthew is survived by his wife Tanisha. Matthew and Tanisha were together and married for fifteen and a half years.  Matthew is survived by one step daughter, Shirlezia Jones; one daughter, Halimah Vital and three grandchildren and one great grandchild, Deco (Patrica) Carter Jr and baby Deco Carter II., Nadirah Vital and Ameera Tyler. Matthew loved spending time with his grandchildren when he had to opportunity to do so. Matthew is also survived by two brothers, Alfred Vital and Nelson (Janet) Vital and two nieces, Mildred and Tauninga and one nephew, Ashanti, one great niece Jannel and a host of cousins and other family members. In Matthews free time he liked to write poems, go fishing, hang out with his friends and play scratcher lottery tickets at the corner store. Matthew had nicknames; they were Washington, because he didn’t have a middle name, mac sauce, and mac and triple OG. But my nick name for him was honey which meant honey does this and honey do that. There was never a dull moment in our lives. Matthew, you made sure of that.

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