Marine Veteran’s Final Words

By Faye Higbee

Marine Veteran’s Final Words

There are people who seem to touch the lives of others with their words in ways that few can do. A USMC veteran did that in words that were hauntingly prophetic… in a last Facebook post just prior his death, a post that went viral.


DeRemer as a Marine- photo via opposingviews

Marine, Biker, Christian

Matthew DeRemer, 31, was a “decorated”corporal in the U.S. Marine Corps who served until 2010. After his service, he went to school to become a Surgical technician. He was hired at the West Bay Surgical Center in Florida, where he hoped to continue his career.

His Facebook page describes him this way: “I serve God. I ride hard. I work hard. Family & friends are everything. God is center the of my life.” Matthew was also an officer in a Christian motorcycle club.

Matthew DeRemer

The incident

On New Years Eve, 2015, Matthew was riding his motorcycle when he was struck by Steven Lee Clarke, 59. According to the Tampa Bay Times, Clarke failed to yield and turned left into DeRemer’s Suzuki motorcycle. Matthew died at the scene.

Clarke was booked into the Pinellas County Jail after tests for his blood alcohol level. He was charged with DUI vehicular manslaughter.

Matt’s final words- a deepening faith

“I don’t know where I’ll end up tonight, but I do know it’ll be where I’m meant to be.” Matt DeRemer

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Even the day before he died, his post contained an eerie reflection of his faith and his life.

December 30, 2015

When you wake up from the reality that use to be your life, to something more of joy, praise, and absolution towards a purpose beyond yourself; looking back at your old life isn’t an option anymore.

Matthew DeRemer no longer has to look back at his life, with its challenges and heartaches. He has eternity to find that joy and praise.  Semper Fidelis, R.I.P., Marine.