Matthew James Buss


Matthew James Buss

Matthew passed away quietly in the early morning of Monday, 21 April 2014, following a year-long battle with head and neck cancer.

Aged 41 years, Matthew was born 11 November 1972, in Riverside, CA. He married Jennifer Dykes in Houston 19 April 2008.

Matthew graduated from General H.H. Arnold High School in Wiesbaden, Germany, where he first met his wife Jennifer, and attended Trinity University in San Antonio.

Throughout his over-fifteen-year career with the Houston Chronicle, Matthew held several positions, including Digital Imaging Technician, Ad Services Manager, and most recently Pre-Media Manager. He was a loyal employee and a devoted manager, extremely fond of his co-workers and team.

Matthew was a champion billiards, poker, and table tennis player who enjoyed spectator sports of all kinds, especially hockey, and was an avid fantasy baseball participant and roulette enthusiast.

Matthew was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, John and Alice Buss of Odessa. He is survived by his beloved wife Jennifer Buss and his faithful dog, Henry, of Houston; maternal grandparents Joe and Marilyn Van Hoff of Midland; his mother Karen Zavatson and Jim Zavatson of San Antonio; his father John Buss of Omaha, NE; his brother Will Buss of Silver Spring, MD; his brother Greg Buss, Katy Buss, and niece Presley Buss of San Antonio; as well as a large and loving extended family, all deeply saddened by his loss.

Matthew's family is grateful to the Houston Chronicle and Maersk Drilling USA, Inc., for their touching support during this difficult time.

The family will celebrate Matthew's life in a memorial service on 03 May 2014, at 11:00 AM, at the Live Oak Friends Meeting Skyspace, 1318 West 26th Street, Houston, Texas, 77008.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to MD Anderson to sponsor cancer research, or to the American Red Cross, whose good work Matthew himself supported:
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Love knows not its own depth until the hour of separation - Kahlil Gibran

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Published in Houston Chronicle on Apr. 27, 2014.
Memories & Condolences
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May 13, 2014
Matt will truly be missed by all who knew him. Matt was always very helpful to me and my advertisers during my time at the Chronicle. Your smile will be missed my friend. Jennifer our prayers are with you now and always. Sincerely, Sean
Sean Kunec
May 2, 2014
I knew Matt through work at the Chronicle. He not only knew his business but he also knew how to act like a gentlemen. His gentle nature will be missed. My condolences to his family
Ernie Williamson
May 1, 2014
Matt, I still can't believe you're gone, buddy. We weren't best of friends, but what I knew of you I loved. Always upbeat, always smiling, and I can't think of anyone at the Chron or anywhere else who didn't like you. I guess that's one goal I would love to attain before I go, though I don't know that I will be able to the same way you did. Rest in peace, my friend. I know your wife and family will never get over losing you at such a young age. I can speak for all your friends in saying that we won't.
Neil Stratton
May 1, 2014
From now on, Jenn will have an angel watching over her.
Marnel Dillon
April 30, 2014
I am so truly sorry for the loss of Matts warmth and kindness. It has been years since high school, but I vividly remember our parish youth retreat, and his sharing so much of his smile, enthusiasm and sheer and perpetual kindness throughout all of the bus rides back and forth from school, I am touched to have known him, sad to have lost touch over the years but grateful for the chance to have experienced his joy in life. I will keep Matt forever in my prayers and memories, and try to keep the smiles as kind.
Julie Suarez
April 30, 2014
We met through a friend of mine over twenty years ago in Frankfurt/Germany and we celebrated New Year 1991/1992 at the "Wunderbar" together. I still think of you everytime I am listening to Garth Brooks even though we had lost track of each other. You will never be forgotten.
Andrea Schömbs
April 30, 2014
Mike and I were so sad to read this tragic news. We both knew him in High School in Germany too. He was always very sweet and easy going. What an incredible loss. Please know our thoughts and prayers go out to his wife and entire family.
Jenny Mehosky
April 30, 2014
Matt was one of my closest friends growing up. I have many fond memories full of laughter and happiness with him. I regret that we lost touch after college but it doesn't diminish the fondness I will always carry for him in my heart. He is an amazing person who touched many of us. My condolences to all his family and friends.
Megan Renaud
April 29, 2014 is with a heavy heart, tears in my eyes and utter disbelief that I sit here now after just hearing the news that such an awesome human being and long time friend leaving this Earth too soon! Matt Buss "U DA MAN" and will be missed more than you could ever imagine in your wildest dreams. My sincerest heartfelt thoughts and PRAYERS go out to Jen and the rest of the Buss family in this time of great loss. Have no fear though as GOD is near and HE will take care of Matt and all of the rest of us! Best wishes and GOD BLESS!
Ken Johnson
April 29, 2014
Matt ran against me as Vice President of our middle school in Germany (and won). He was so graceful and nice about it and I always had the utmost respect for him. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.
Trulee Hoy
April 29, 2014
Karen, Jennifer, friends and family,
I never got to meet Matt, but kept up with him through Karen, my daughter Lexi's tutor. One time Lexi drew Matt a picture when he was in the hospital. He sent Lexi the sweetest thank you note – I thought Matt must be someone really special. Words cannot express the sorrow and unfairness his loss brings. Our hearts and prayers go out to all of you who were touched by Matt, we hope you find peace, laughter and comfort in the many memories which you no doubt have. Blessings, The Medingers
April 29, 2014
My thoughts are with you. Matt - you are missed.
Naomi Engel
April 29, 2014
I am so very sorry to hear this. It has been many years, but Matt was always such a joy to work with.
Lori Sebastian Pinter
April 29, 2014
Matt was in Model UN with me. I remember him always as smiling, and that he was smart and funny and kind. I am glad he had a life with love and family, and sad that it ended so prematurely. I am sure that he is again smiling and knows how many lives he touched while he was with us. I hope his family feels the comfort, support, and love of his Warrior family in this heartbreakingly difficult time. You are in my prayers.
Kjersti Koskinen (Berg)
April 29, 2014
Thoughts and prayers for Matt's family and friends.
Faye Del Mundo
April 29, 2014
I am so sorry for your loss Karen, Matt will surely and has been be missed here at the Chronicle.
Mark Clark
April 29, 2014
Matt was a really gifted table tennis player back in his time in Germany. He was anything but stylish as far as I remember yet he had all the coolness that I thought was typically American. That was reflected in his play: easy and self-confident. He really did not like losing but whenever he lost (which did not happen too often) he lost in style. That was also true for his last defeat.
Bastian Frien
April 29, 2014
Even though I haven't seen him since high school, I remember him. My love and prayers to his family. WLF
Annette Hicks
April 29, 2014
I knew Matt back in Germany as wellwe graduated the same year 1991 Matt was pretty cool in my eyes sorry for your loss Jennifer and may God bless you and your family and keep you strong In this sad time.we will all miss our fellow warrior rest in peace matthew.
Jessie Blair
April 28, 2014
I remember Matt from Wiesbadan high school and I just loved his personality, humor and the fact that he told me he had been battling disease at a young age.. I always wondered where he went and whom did he have a family with.. it saddens me to see he lived this long and I never got the chance to reach out. so i am reaching out to his family, friends and wife and dog:( sending my sincerest condolences
Mayte Garcia
April 28, 2014
I have known Matt from a very young age, and grew up and graduated with him in Wiesbaden. He was a good friend -- super smart, always smiling, always funny, and always kind. I regret that we lost touch once we both moved back to the U.S. My heart goes out to his entire family -- you are in my prayers. He will be deeply missed.
Natasha Moffitt
April 28, 2014
My deepest sympathy goes out to the family may you draw close to God and he will draw close to you James 4:8
April 28, 2014
I went to school with Matt in Germany. He was a great guy and an even better friend. He always had a way of making me smile and seeing the best in people. My heart goes out to his family. Matt has joined the ranks of many fighters who have lost their battle to cancer, to include my mother who I lost in Sep. I am dedicating a luminaria in Matt's name for our Relat for Life in June. Fight on Matt...fight on!
Karen Costa
April 28, 2014
It was my honor and privilege to know Matt. He is gone far too soon... May he be at peace.
Flynn Prejean
April 28, 2014
Matt & Jen and Angelika & Olli at your wedding
April 28, 2014
I am sorry for your loss Jennifer, The short time I know Matt he was a great guy! Rest In Peace Matthew! U will be missed by many people!
Jeff Malac
April 28, 2014
Dear Jen, dear Karen & Jim, dear Greg & Will
with tears in either eye which I am not ashamed of... words cannot begin to describe the loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you in this difficult time and I wish you all the strength to carry on what Matt would have wanted you and all of us to do.

With Matt I have lost one of my dearest friends and someone who has touched my life in so many more ways than I can even begin to say... not least the fact that the U.S. became our second home and our son Jason is now a little American... In loving memory of someone I truly call a friend and who will not only be sadly missed but certainly also never forgotten for he deeply enriched our lives.
April 28, 2014
Bryan & I are deeply shocked and saddened to hear of yet another life taken too soon from cancer. We just spent Saturday celebrating the life of another dear friend who passed from lymphoma at 56. Please take comfort knowing that Matt is still with his loved ones in spirit. May he rest in peace.
Betsy Vyce
April 28, 2014
Our Loving Father n Savior has sent angels to carry d souls of Matthew from this earth to d heavenly place of eternal n everlasting life. Let family n friends who had passed b-4 in faith be reunited in joy with d departed. Welcome this beloved spirit into d warm embrace of Your unending peace .Amen..Alleluia..
Renato Del Mundo
April 28, 2014
We went to school with Matt and Jennifer in Wiesbaden and were thrilled to hear of their marriage. Cancer has taken yet another young soul far too early and it simply does not seem fair. Jennifer, may time heal your heart while memories of Matt comfort you. Our deepest condolences are with you.
Ryan and Kristen (Miller) Brockett
April 28, 2014
I will never forget how welcoming Matt & Jenn were when I first moved to the US with my wife. I will miss his punctual jokes, and the funny insistence that I was obliged to know about soccer being Brazilian - when I really didn't care much. A fun and loving man, may God bless your soul Matt and watch for you family, specially the lovely Jenn and Henry. Vidal
Vidal Ferreira
April 28, 2014
Loved ones on Matt,

What a great treasure you will have in remembering all of Matt's caring, funny, intelligent, and witty remarks in any conversation. I pray for your comfort during this time of loss. Blessings set to all.
April 28, 2014
Matt may you find peace in God's arms.
Sue Williams
April 28, 2014
Jennifer I am so very sorry. Matt was such a sweet man. I also saw how he made you smile. My heart aches for you and his family at this time.
Sue Williams
April 28, 2014
Dear Karen and Family, it was such a shock to see one of my former third graders has passed so early in life. He and his brother were joys in my classroom. I am so sorry for your loss. Martha
Martha Eckhart
April 28, 2014
Karen and Jim, My thoughts and prayers are with you. Sympathy to all of your family.
louise golden
April 27, 2014
We will miss Matt dearly. We will miss seeing Jen's face light up every time he walked into a room. Matt was a good friend, 'uncle' to Erin & Darcy, talented BBQ-er, ace bowler and Jen's soul mate. The world lost a good man.
Jeanette, Bosco, Erin Keown
April 27, 2014
My prayers to all!!!
Don & Carol Buss Peters
April 27, 2014
So sad to hear this difficult news. Matt was wonderful to work with, very knowledgable and helpful to all of us in sales. Much peace to his wife and family during this time. He will be missed. My sincerest condolences.
Jessica Warren
April 26, 2014
To Matt's family and friends:
Sympathy to all of you. Matt was one of the best guys I've ever known. A gentle tough soul.
Robert Wuensche
April 26, 2014
My heartfelt condolences to Matt's family, especially to Will and Jennifer.
Catherine Potter Fife
April 25, 2014
Matt's precious family,
I am not sure of the right words…I was so very sad to hear this news. I did not even know that he was suffering. I left the Chronicle in 2007. Matt was a fantastic person. Always smiling and very helpful! We had great conversations, just seeing his photo here makes me smile. I will pray for all of you during this difficult time and hope that you find the comfort and peace that Matt has now. You all have a new angel...
Angela Igo
April 25, 2014
My deepest sympathy to Jennifer and all of the family. I worked with Matt a short time but I knew he loved his job and his wife. My thoughts and prayers go out to all of you.
Rachel Cano-Cooney
April 25, 2014
To Jennifer, Matt's family and friends:
For the last year, Matt's friends at the Chronicle have been waiting for the day of his return. He was ever the good guy, the good friend, the kind and gentle spirit who persevered through discouraging times of various sort with an optimistic disposition. I talked baseball, pool, soccer, poker and a hundred other things with him over the years. Now we know he will not be walking through the door again. It is hard to accept, of course, yet he remains with us. He will be missed. He will not be forgotten. I'm glad I knew him. And it should go without saying that our thoughts and prayers are with you. We share your pain, and the hope that in some way we may yet see him again, smiling as ever.
Until that day ....
Mike Tolson
April 25, 2014
Dear Jennifer, Will and the entire Buss family, I am so sorry for your loss. Matt was a man with many great qualities, but I especially admired his keen intelligence and gentle nature. His co-workers at the Chronicle miss him dearly.
David Eskridge
April 25, 2014
We are deeply sorry for your loss.
April 25, 2014
Dear Karen and family,
Our Thoughts and Prayers are with you all. May your hearts and souls find peace and comfort.
When someone you love becomes a memory, the memory becomes a treasure.
Although it's difficult today to see beyond the sorrow, may looking back in memory help comfort you tomorrow.
With Heartfelt Sympathy and Love,
Tracey & Jim
(NH cousins)
Tracey Laura
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