The Kansas City Flying Disc Club regrets to inform you that our local disc golf community has lost one of its own over the weekend. Matthew Fox, KCFDC #946, passed away Sunday evening after suffering a heart attack on Friday night. He was 52 years old. There are currently no known memorial service dates but will update this page as we learn more.
Matt, often referred to as Fox or Foxy, was a true friend to the disc golf community. He was often spotted volunteering at his local course, Lakeshore in Pleasant Hill, MO. He ran the weekly league there every Sunday. More than just running the league, he was a friend to many; even more impressive is that he knew no strangers. Fox was often known to grab random things from his bag or car and give it to you and never ask for anything in return. That’s just who he was, a bright light in an often-dark world.
He loved disc golf so much, often going out of his way to seek out people who played the sport. And to promote it, he would extend an invite to random people to join him at the local course for a round. He was a mentor to many people looking to get in to the game or improve their skills. Other areas of interest for Fox included morning rise Yoga, the outdoors and listening to his favorite band Led Zeppelin.
There are so many great Fox stories that we can’t possibly share them all here. If you met him, you likely had a story of your own (Feel free to leave your story in the comments). All of them are sure to make you laugh and maybe even cry.
Jeff Scheetz, a friend of Fox, posted a beautiful tribute in which he said “[Fox] was just the kind of guy that would give you the shirt off his back. Various times I would show up at the golf course to play with him and he would have something to give me. He gave me a cool little knife that I still keep in my van, a pair of shoes he bought but thought would fit me better, and of course assorted discs that he gave me. He was trained as a chef and had an amazing big text book that he got in culinary school. He and my wife had been talking about cooking and he stopped by my house and brought that book and gave it to her. Just how he was”.
Another friend, Anna, recalled a story about the first time she played with Fox at a new course. “Foxy said he would be my tour guide. I showed up at Raymore, and he was on a yoga mat meditating while he waited for me to arrive. We had a fun time, and then had lunch at a Mexican restaurant after. Then we went to Belton and played the front nine, could see the back nine from the parking lot and decided to call it a day as it was really hot. I mentioned that I heard a weird sound under my car so he promptly checked it out for me, saw that the undercarriage protector was loose and swiftly fastened it on tight for me before I left. My point being, I had never met Fox before. He took the time to show me, a complete stranger, courses I never had played. He fixed my car before I got back on the road. This was my first impression of him, what a great human being.”
And that’s really the essence of who he was to so many people. He gave so much and never asked for anything in return. He will be missed by many, which is evident in the 50+ disc golf friends who came together Sunday afternoon to celebrate his life. If you met him during his trips around the sun, I’m sure he will be there with you whenever you need him most.
Rest in Peace Matthew Fox 1965-2017