He was born on Nov. 23, 1971 in Sayre, PA, the son of Lee and Charlotte (Shaffer) Tappan.
Matt was a loving husband and father, whose life revolved around his family. Spending time with them was his highest priority, he loved them fiercely and was loved the same way in return.
He was a 1991 graduate of Waverly High School. Following graduation, he attended Corning Community College, where he obtained his Associates Degree. Furthering his education, he went to Mansfield Police Academy, where he received an award as Sharp Shooter of his class.
Matt was employed with PennDot in Towanda as a Truck Driver. He also served as a Pennsylvania State Constable and worked in the past for the police departments in Renovo and Athens Borough.
He is predeceased by his brother-in-law, Cameron Krause.
Surviving are his beloved wife of 22 years, Aviva at home; children, Justin Graham, Waverly, NY, Joshua Tappan at home, and Miranda Tappan at home; parents, Lee and Charlotte Tappan, Waverly, NY; sisters, Holly Krause, Waverly, NY and Tiffany Tappan, Nichols, NY; brother, Brandon Tappan, Waverly, NY; mother-in-law and father-in-law, Gail and Louis Sandroni, Waverly, NY; father-in-law, Wellington Graham, Canton, PA, and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Family and friends may call on Friday, May 25, from 10-11am at the Athens United Methodist Church, 118 South Main Street, Athens, PA. A Celebration of Life Service will follow at the church at 11am.
The family will provide flowers, please make memorial donations in care of: Aviva Tappan, 45 Shephard Road, Sayre, PA 18840 to help offset the cost of the children’s college education.
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