Matt DeCample, 44, of Little Rock, passed away March 3, 2019 after a long battle with cancer. Matt was born on August 21, 1974 in Seattle, Washington, to Richard and Linda DeCample.
Matt graduated from Oliver M. Hazen High School in Renton, Washington, in 1992. He received his Bachelor’s Degree from the Edward R. Murrow College of Communication at Washington State University in 1996 and remained a devoted Cougar fan until his passing. Matt was a reporter for television station KAPP in Yakima, Washington, before transferring to their sister station KVEW in the nearby Tri Cities. He relocated to Little Rock in 1999 to work for KATV.
From television he moved on to work as the spokesman for then-state attorney general Mike Beebe in 2003. His work with Beebe continued through Beebe’s tenure as governor from 2006 through 2014. After Beebe left office Matt went on to start his own company, working in media relations as a consultant and spokesman for organizations such as the Arkansas Cinema Society and the Little Rock Film Festival.
Improv comedy was an important part of Matt’s life, and he could often be found performing on stage with Improv Little Rock and The Joint Venture.
Matt is survived by his parents, Richard and Linda DeCample; his sister, Julie Schuler; his niece Reagan, and extended family.
A memorial service is scheduled for Sunday, March 10th, at 2 p.m. in the Great Hall at the Clinton Presidential Center in Little Rock. A second, Seattle-based service will happen in the summer. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Cholangiocarcinoma Foundation (www.cholangiocarcinoma.org/). Arrangements are under the direction of Ruebel Funeral Home,www.ruebelfuneralhome.com.
Published March 6, 2019 in the Arkansas Democrat Gazette
OBITUARY SUBMITTED BY: Ruebel Funeral Home 6313 West Markham Street, Little Rock Phone: 501-666-0123 http://www.ruebelfuneralhome.com