Mathew Dillon Persinger (“Pah-Nah”) Obituary

June 6, 2023 –

Mathew Dillon Persinger (“Pah-Nah”)
June 27, 1987 – June 2, 2023

Mathew Dillon Persinger (“Pah-Nah”), 35, of Topeka passed away on June 2, 2023.  He was a member of the Prairie Band Potawatomie Indian Tribe.

Matt was born on June 27, 1987, in Topeka, Kansas to Marshall Persinger and Sarah Persinger.  They both survive.  He is also survived by his half-sister, Cassandra Persinger, his wife, Morgan Lothert and many aunts, uncles and cousins.  He is preceded in death by all 3 sets of grandparents.

Mathew attended Shawnee Heights schools.  There he met many of his lifelong friends.  He participated in Boy Scouts all through grade school as well as karate where he earned his purple belt in the discipline of Okinawan Shorin-ryu.  When Matt was 14, he purchased professional lighting equipment and for several years he ran lights for many local metal bands.  In his junior year, he took his GED and passed with one of the highest scores in the state of Kansas.  Matt went on to work in the field of I.T. as a Computer Technician and Network Engineer and was a Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist and a Microsoft Professional Ubiquiti Specialist.  His employers included Baby Dolls, EZ PC, Security Transport Services and Network Technologies.  On October 29, 2021, he married his longtime girlfriend, Morgan Lothert.

Mathew was intelligent, charming and known for his big smile.  He had a curious nature and from a very young age his favorite activity was taking apart electronics to see how they worked.  Then he moved on to fixing them.  His first successful fix was a broken toaster his grandma bought him at a garage sale at age 4.  When he got a little older, Matt spent countless hours reading, researching, and learning about anything and everything.  He loved knowledge and debates but hated conflict.  Matt lived life to the fullest and just wanted everyone to be happy.

Matt had so many great friends whom he loved, appreciated and respected greatly.  He took pride in surrounding himself with people whom he admired and looked to as role models.  He will be dearly missed by his wife, family, and friends.  If he could say one last thing, I know it would be to thank everyone in his life for being a part of his life.  You have no idea how much that meant to him.

A visitation was held on Wednesday, June 7, 2023, at the Chapel Oaks Funeral Home in Hoyt.  A supper and wake was held on Thursday, June 8, at the Native American Church on 174th road.  Burial was the following morning, Friday, June 9, in the MaryAnn Matchie Cemetery west of Mayetta.

(Courtesy of Chapel Oaks Funeral Home)