MATTHEW S. SHUBZDA, LT, USN
Matthew Shubzda '98
Date of birth: September 17, 1975
Date of death: October 18, 2002
From the 1998 Lucky Bag:
Lieutenant Matthew “Shooby” Shubzda died on October 18, 2002 during a training exercise in which he was simulating combat flying and his F/A-18F Super Hornet crashed into the Pacific Ocean 80 miles southwest of Monterey. Lt. Shubzda graduated from Naaman Forest High School as the star quarterback and sixth in his class, with a 4.26 GPA. He went on to study at the United States Naval Academy, pursuing the lifelong dream of becoming a Navy pilot.
Lt. Shubzda was a persevering and outstanding youth who maintained very close relationships with his family. His younger brother followed him to the Naval Academy and was in the process of earning his pilot wings at the time of Lt. Shubzda’s death. The late Lieutenant also had a last love of football, which he played through high school and during his time at the Naval Academy. Lieutenant Matthew Shubzda is survived by his high school sweetheart – who he had made his wife in the June before his death – as well as his parents, and two younger brothers.
The Matt Shubzda Memorial Scholarship is presented to the graduating senior of Naaman Forest High School (Garland, TX) who best exemplifies overall excellence and who has also demonstrated active participation in extracurricular activities as well as strong leadership and academic skills.
Joel Korkowski '94 was piloting the other F/A-18 involved in the collision off the coast of California.