Dr. Matthew David's Story
Dr. Matthew David Biddle, of Norman, died on Tuesday, April 10, 2018, at Mercy Hospital in Oklahoma City, surrounded by loved ones. He was 54. Matthew was born on November 29, 1963 in Toledo, Ohio. He earned a bachelor's degree in Geography and Geology from the University of Toledo. After moving to Oklahoma in 1987, he earned an M.S. and a Ph.D in Geography from the University of Oklahoma. The primary reason for his move to Oklahoma was his passion for storm chasing. Infamous in the chaser circles, his brown El Camino with the green light became his trademark. He served on various storm chasing teams including some sponsored by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). He was well known and respected in this field, and he was highly sought after by fellow chasers and the general public alike to share his expertise - including by the producers of the 1996 film Twister. Matt served as a volunteer firefighter in Medicine Park, Okla., and as a first responder with the Oklahoma Emergency Management Association (OMEA).
In 2001, he married Mamie Sprinkle, and together they had one daughter, Faith, who was his true pride and joy. Matthew worked for the University of Oklahoma's Police Department until his death, and he dedicated his life to the advancement of severe storm early warning systems. A mischievous soul, Matthew was very funny, and enjoyed a good, friendly argument. As a passionate sports fan, he was particularly devoted to the Detroit Red Wings and the OU Sooners. He will be sorely missed for his wit, but especially for the care and concern that he showed for his friends and family. Matthew is survived by his daughter, Faith Aleksondra Biddle, whom he cherished above all else and was his number one driving force. His mother, Sondra Henry and her husband John Henry still reside in Toledo, Ohio. His father, Peter Biddle and his wife, Jan Biddle live in Grosse Ile, Michigan. Matthew is survived by two younger brothers and their families. Andrew Biddle, his wife Shawn Biddle, and their daughter Delaney live in northern Michigan. Residing in Gibraltar, Michigan, Jason Biddle is married to Nancy Biddle and they have four children: Madison, Luke, Lauren, and Megan. He is also survived by two step-brothers: David Morin, wife Linda, and their sons Evan and Erik, of South Lyon, Mich; and Jeffrey Morin, son Alec and daughter Sydney, of Grosse Ile, Mich.
His family wishes to thank the doctors of Mercy Hospital, particularly Dr. Ralph Kanaan and Dr. Maroun Tawk, along with his long-time physician, Dr. Rene Ballard. Matt's body was donated to the National Institute of Health in Bethesda, Maryland, per his wishes. He hoped that this would lead to further scientific understanding of Proteus Syndrome, the rare genetic disorder that he conquered with his remarkable life. The family thanks Julie Sapp of the National Human Genome Research Institute at the NIH for her long-time involvement with Matt and her kindness in facilitating his wishes.
In lieu of flowers, Matt's wish would be for memorial donations to the Faith Biddle Education Fund c/o Republic Bank & Trust, P.O. Box 5369 Norman, OK 73070.
A memorial celebration will be held at the Midway Market at a future date, and will be announced here, and via other media.
Published on April 16, 2018