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Matthew Clayborn

May 4, 2020
Newark, NJ

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Matthew Carl Clayborn, age 34, passed away unexpectedly, in his home early in the morning of May 4, 2020 while living in Newark, New Jersey. Matthew was born and raised in Kalamazoo, Michigan. He attended Kalamazoo public schools, where he wrestled for Kalamazoo Central high school, before studying at Kalamazoo Valley College and Seminole State Universty in Florida. Growing up, Matthew's passion was words - and as soon as he could read - he chose the dictionary. This proved him well later in life as he enjoyed engaging both willing and unwilling participants in a war of words, a friendly debate, or witty banter. He often chose his Aunt Laura Irish as his partner in the art of repartee. Matthew and his sister Amanda Bergan (Clayborn) were inseparable as children - often taking turns both instigating and preventing trouble for the other. Matthew was a fierce protector to many - a childhood attribute he carried to his many friends later in life. As an adolescent, he once bounded over two sets of bleachers and a fence to prevent his brother, Michael Clayborn's fall from a seizure. He and sister Tisha Clayborn shared a love of banana cream pie and the ridiculously obvious meme. Matthew volunteered time at communities in Michigan, Florida, and New York. Particular interests revolved around people with developmental disabilities, GLBTQ pride, and advocacy and support to people with HIV/AIDs. Matthew found his niche with CLS Plasma, working at Centers in Kalamazoo, Portage, and Wyoming Michigan; as well as his most recent supervisory and training positions with CSL Plasma in Linden, New Jersey. Matthew was free with his time, his love, and his advice. He would willingly give you anything you needed - even if he needed it himself. He had a mega watt smile, a sense of humor that often caught you off guard, and a far greater sensitivity than he ever allowed many to see. Matthew is survived by his parents, Anthony and Susan Clayborn, his brother and sisters previously mentioned, his grandfather Kenneth Irish, and a large number of devoted aunts, uncles, neices, nephews, and cousins. Matthew was recently preceded in death by his beloved grandmother, Margaret Irish and his cousin Ernest Clayborn, who Matthew will now join in eternity. As current circumstances do not allow gathering, a memorial to include good food, great family, and a huge bonfire will be announced at a later date.