Matthew Lembke was a happy, light-spirited, kind person. Nicknamed “Lumpy” by the football coach of Tualatin High School, Matt played defensive end for the Timberwolves. A 2005 Graduate of Tualatin High, he joined the Marines. In June 2009, serving a third tour in Afghanistan after serving two previous tours in Iraq, Matt was critically injured. It happened while on foot patrol, when an IED exploded, causing critical injury to both legs. After 18 days fighting for his life, Matt succumbed to infection caused by the blast.
In honor of Matt’s character and service, a scholarship has been created in his name. Each year, several scholarships are awarded to graduating seniors for college. Applications are available each January in the Tualatin High School College & Career Center.
Tribute from President Obama
Matt’s Marine Brothers- some come to the Regatta Run to honor and remember him