Mr. Matthew “Matt” Jeffrey Doering, 56, passed away at his home in Brunswick Sept. 4.
He is survived by his wife of 22 years, Michelle McDade Doering; daughter, Miriam; 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 growing up on his family’s apple farm. At 17 he enlisted in the U.S. Army and after serving three years as military police at Ft. 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 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. His most recent position was a Glynn County School Resource Officer at Risley Middle School where he enjoyed his time working with children.
He was an Assistant Scoutmaster for Boy Scout Troop 204, a member of the Brunswick Exchange Club, Rotary Club, and American Legion – Post 9.
A funeral was held at Northside Baptist Church in Brunswick Sept. 8 with the Rev. Tim Brown officiating. Burial followed at Hazlehurst Memorial Cemetery.
Active pallbearers were Pete Peterson, Scott Trautz, Randall Lacy, Teeple Hill, Sam Singletary, and Jonathan Tennant. Honorary pallbearers included the combined Glynn County Police Department and Glynn County School Police honor guard, law enforcement, first responders, and Boy Scout Troop 204.
Brunswick Memorial Park Funeral Home was in charge.