Ian Matches

Ian Matches passed away on April 16, 2017. He was born on October 8, 1996.

Ian was very active in the Boy Scouts of America, having achieved the rank of Eagle Scout as well as being a Vigil Honor member of scouting’s Order of the Arrow and a Firebuilder in the Tribe of Mic-O-Say. He loved taking on opportunities to lead and serve, and to give back to scouting. He served on staff at the 2013 National Jamboree and at the 2015 National Order of the Arrow Conference. He was also a staff member at the Naish Scout Reservation, He graduated in 2015 from Olathe East High School, where he was a National Merit Semifinalist. He was a great lover of music, science, and philosophy.

Ian is survived by his parents, Tom and Terri Matches, and by his brother, Connor. A celebration of Ian’s life will take place on Saturday, May 13, 2017, at 2:00 pm at Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church, 11100 College Blvd, Overland Park, KS 66210. The family suggests memorial contributions to a fund in memory of Ian:

Naish Scout Reservation – Camp Staff College Scholarship Fund

c/o Heart of America Council

10210 Holmes Road

Kansas City, MO 64131


  1. Mark Brewer

    Tom, Terri and Conner. So sorry to hear of Ian’s passing. I really liked working with him in OA and at Naish. We will miss him greatly.

    • Mark Brewer

      Or Connor… You would think by now I would remember to spell his name correctly.

  2. Greg, Julie, Erica and Krista Else

    Tom, Terri and Connor:
    We are terribly sorry to hear of this news. We are thinking of you and praying for you. Please know if there is anything we can to do help, we’d be happy to do it. Will plan on bringing you a meal soon.

  3. Tom, Terri and Connor,

    Your family is in our prayers.

  4. Chris Hanks

    I’m very sorry to hear of Ian’s passing. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
    Frau Hanks

  5. Paul Davis

    We are praying for your family and let us know if you need anything.

    The Davis Family

  6. Bob Clewell

    My thoughts and prayers are with your family.

  7. Edward & Judy Molt

    Sorry for your loss. Ed and I will keep you and your family in our prayers.

  8. Patti Gilmore

    Tom, Terri and Connor,

    So very sorry to hear about your son Ian’s passing. We would have loved to have know him, sounded like he was a very accomplished young man in so many ways. We will keep you all in our prayers

    Steve and Patti Gilmore

  9. Alma Jimenez

    Tom, Terri & Connor,

    We are so sorry to hear of sweet Ian’s passing. May your sorrow be softened by the tender love, support and compassion of family and the friends of Troop–122. We are praying for peace, healing and comfort for your family during this challenging time.

    Alma, Fernando, Andres & Joaquin Jimenez

  10. We pray the grace of God and his peace to surround you at this time. Keeping you all lifted in our prayers.

    All our love

    Jeff and Janine

  11. Jennifer Garcia

    Your family is in my prayers. I am so sorry for your loss.

  12. Don Wallace

    Tom and family,
    I am so sorry for your loss.

  13. Patrick McGinnis

    In our thoughts and prayers
    -McGinnis Family

  14. Sorry for your loss.

  15. April Clark

    My deepest sympathies.

  16. Michelle Stilwell

    Lighting candles for your family. So sorry for your lose. The Stilwell family

  17. Kelsie Clark

    Very sorry to hear of your loss. I enjoyed working with Ian in the OA Lodge and Section. Thoughts and prayers for your family.

  18. Mark Blanken

    Matches Family – We are so very sorry for your loss. We will always remember Ian’s strongest trait of being helpful with OA events. Your family will be in our thoughts and prayers.

  19. Jack Oxley

    It was an honor to work with him both at the chapter and lodge levels. This is very saddening, I will be praying.

  20. Stephanie Jennings (Ogan)

    With deepest sympathy. He touched my heart at Naish many times during Vigil. He will be greatly missed. So sorry his life was cut short.

  21. Nicole Abrahamson

    Our condolences. Asa & I are praying for your family & wish the family much comfort & support during this most difficult time.

  22. Rita Truitt

    Terri, Tom, and Connor my thoughts and prayers are with you during your time of loss. Will continue to pray for your strength during this time.

  23. Garcia Family

    Tom, Terri and Connor,

    Very sorry to hear about your loss. The whole family are in our thoughts and prayers.

    The Garcia Family

  24. Lorri Kearns

    Tom, Terri & Connor,
    I share your sorrow at Ian’s passing. He shares his birthday with my own son. I enjoyed working with him on Naish camp staff as well as OA. I especially appreciated watching him perform the Vigil ceremony. There are no adequate words for an event such as this, but know that there are so many who mourn his earthly loss, await seeing him again in another realm and send prayers of comfort to those who remain behind in sorrow. May we all keep his Spirit with us by sharing our memories of the time he spent on this earth sharing his many gifts and talents. I am deeply sorry.

  25. Jim Mehnert

    Will continue to keep your family in our thoughts.
    Jim Mehnert and Family

  26. Jacob Moyer

    He will be missed. He always had exciting ideas, and always was enthusiastic about helping other scouts. I’m praying for the Matches family as well as his close friends. May he rest in peace.

  27. Steve Mathews

    Tom, Terri and Connor, we were heading back from AZ today and read about Ian’s memorial service. We are grief stricken with the news! I have so many fond memories of Ian, in the troop, at camp but was particularly proud of him when he led my OA Ordeal group through every camp site at Naish. He literally shepherded a group which included a bunch of out of shape older men and was so kind and considerate of our needs! His service that weekend was my best memory of that experience. Thanks for sharing him with the rest of us Scout dads!

  28. Kati Hill

    Terri, Tom, and Connor,
    My thoughts and prayers are with you in this difficult time. May the support of family and friends lift you up.

  29. The Stewart Family

    We will keep you all in our prayers going forward. I know this is the most difficult thing you have ever faced, and may the comfort and support of your friends and family bring you peace.

    Debbie Stewart and family

  30. Ana Barata

    My thoughts and prayers are with you. May light eternal shine upon Ian and may you find peace and comfort through family, friends, and your scouting family.

  31. Bruce Copeland

    There are no words to express my sorrow for your loss.

  32. Cathy Wight

    My sincerest sympathy to all of you.

  33. Jan Holthus

    Tom, Terri, and Connor,
    I could hardly get through the rest of my day when I heard about Ian. He was such a smart, sensitive, thoughtful person and I really enjoyed working with him. I will be praying for all of you in this incredibly difficult time.

  34. Colleen Long Redelsheimer

    Tom, Terri, and Connor…I just got off the phone with Graham and we talked about how he and Garrett spent time with Ian and Connor during scouting events. Graham also talked about how fond he is of the Matches family. Words just aren’t enough to express how so very sorry we are. Know we are thinking of you during this very difficult time. Colleen, Garrett, and Graham

  35. I never knew Ian, but his untimely passing sent waves through everyone he ever knew. It affected one of my best friends in a way I’d never seen him before, and shook me, and made me realize how fragile all of this can be. The more I hear of him, the more surer I am that we’d have been good friends. He left a legacy among my social group, and it honors me to live vicariously through each of my friends as a friend of his. He’ll be sorely missed by more than just the people he knew– but by the people he had yet to meet, too.

  36. Dylan Anthony Dutton

    I didn’t know Ian that well, not as much as I wanted anyways. But when I worked with him at scouting events, he always brightened my day by making jokes and just being himself. He always took charge and taught those who didn’t know or understand,especially in Scouting. When I heard about this, I was shocked, I didn’t even know how to respond. He was such a great friend and even better person to just be around. I really am sorry for your loss. You will be in my prayers Matches Family.

  37. Jill Cochran

    Tom and Terri,
    I can only extend my deepest sympathy and hope for your comfort and healing. I haven’t been involved in Scouts for many years, but I still remember the excitement Ian and you, as parent-leaders, brought to Bentwood 3132. I recall Ian was endlessly curious and all-in with Scouts from the very beginning.

    Peace to you and your family. You are in my thoughts.
    Jill Cochran

  38. Frank Audano, Jr.

    So sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  39. Austin Weber

    My prayers go out to the Matches family. Ian was a brother. I enjoyed working with him in every aspect in scouting, as well as being able to call him one of my closest friends. He will be deeply missed by all.

  40. Eric Bean

    My son enjoyed him as the Archery MB counselor at Camp Naish. Our condolences to his family and friends.

  41. The Davis Family

    From the Davis family, Ian will be missed. Your family is in our prayers, and if you need anything let us know.

    Simon, Philip, Paul, & Sara.


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