Karl Schnalzer Obituary, Death – Matthew was born on the 16th of November in 1948. He is a native of both Louisiana and Mississippi, as well as a resident of the Gulf Coast region of the United States. In addition to being a skilled football player, he excelled in a variety of other sports as well.
As the number 38 player for the Bay High Tigers, he rose to prominence in the local press, and after making the transition to semi-professional football, the National Football League encouraged him to try out for the New Orleans Saints. Later on, he would combine his passion for football with his desire to give back to his community by organizing and participating in annual charity games like the Pig Bowl, which benefited the nearby Toys for Tots organization.
He would also mentor young people in the area, and he would found the semi-professional outdoor team known as the Gulf Coast Stingrays. During the Vietnam War, Matt was a member of the United States Army and served as a Paratrooper for several different units until joining the 101st Airborne Division.
Upon his discharge from the military, Matt began his career as a law enforcement officer in New Orleans and Bay Saint Louis, where he served for a combined total of more than 30 years before retiring. After that, he worked for the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office for a number of years, during which time he was responsible for establishing the first SWAT team south of Hattiesburg, Mississippi, and commanding it.
After working on a variety of Task Forces and as the chief of the Narcotics Division for the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office, he eventually reached the rank of Major before retiring. For a very long time, Matt’s heart’s goal was to walk with Endymion in a distinguished “super-crew” parade during Mardi Gras in New Orleans. It was a dream come true for him when he joined a walking group to participate in a St. Patrick’s Day parade in Metairie. He continued to revel in the victory.