Matthew “Matt” Jeffrey Doering, 56, passed away at his home in Brunswick, under hospice care, on Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018.
He is survived by his wife of 22 years, Michelle McDade Doering; a daughter, Miriam; a son, Ian; sister, Diane Black; brother, John J. Doering Jr.; sister, Barbara Black; brother, Louis Doering; and brother, Doug Doering. He was also “Uncle Matt” to several nieces and nephews.
Matt was born March 25, 1962, in Watsonville, Calif., and was one of nine children born to the late John Joseph Doering Sr. and Marian Elizabeth Doering. He treasured his childhood time growing up on his family’s apple farm. At the age of 17, he enlisted in the U.S. Army, and after serving three years active duty as military police at Fort DeRussy, Hawaii, he moved to St. Simons Island. In 1984, he began his career with the Glynn County Police Department. During his tenure there, he earned his Associate of Science degree in criminal justice at Brunswick Junior College, Bachelor of Science degree in criminal justice from Armstrong State College, and Master of Public Administration degree from Georgia Southern University. He was also a graduate of the F.B.I. National Academy, 179th Session. On Dec. 9, 2003, he was appointed Chief of Police of the Glynn County Police Department, and served until his retirement on Oct. 1, 2017. His heart was that of a servant to the community and he continually sought to improve law enforcement operations, educate the public about the laws, and foster a good relationship between law enforcement and the community.
In his most recent position as a Glynn County School Resource Officer at Risley Middle School, he enjoyed his time working with children and gained a new appreciation for the teachers and administrative staff in our school system. He started and ended his days with a smile and set out to make others smile throughout the day.
He was an Assistant Scoutmaster for Boy Scout Troop 204, a member of the Brunswick Exchange Club, Rotary Club, American Legion — Post 9, and an honorary member of the Ivy League Club. He was most recently appointed to the Board of Directors for the Golden Isles Youth Orchestra.
There will be a visitation from 5-7 p.m. Friday at Brunswick Memorial Park Funeral Home.
The funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018, at Northside Baptist Church, with the Rev. Tim Brown officiating. Burial will follow in Hazlehurst Memorial Cemetery.
Active pallbearers will be Pete Peterson, Scott Trautz, Randall Lacey, Teeple Hill, Sam Singletary, and Jonathan Tennant. Honorary pallbearers will include the combined Glynn County Police Department and Glynn County School Police honor guard, law enforcement, first responders and Boy Scout Troop 204.
Matt had the best friends a man could have, and the family wishes to express their appreciation to those faithful friends who attended to him during his illness.
Memorial donations may be made to Skylark (formerly CareNet), 3548 Community Road, Brunswick, GA 31520.
If you are unable to attend either gathering, please sign Chief Doering’s online guest book at Brunswickmemorialpark.com.
Brunswick Memorial Park Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.