Matthew Eugene Jansen MD passed away on April 13, 2023, in Sidney, Nebraska. He was 39 years of age. In his early life, Matthew became an eagle scout and loved camping and hiking while living in the beautiful town of Eureka, California. Outside was where Matthew always wanted to be and the beaches and mountains of northern California called him outside. Outside is where you experience life. You would never find him stuck in an office or in front of a TV., or playing video games. He loved everything about the outdoors. Any free time he had, he was camping. In 2002 Matthew moved from California to Pennsylvania with his parents. He attended Pennsylvania State University. After graduation, Matthew was accepted at Pennsylvania State College of Medicine earning his Medical Doctorate in 2010. The day after graduation he married the love of his life, Kaitlin.
Together, Matthew and Kaitlin moved to Bethlehem, Pennsylvania where he started his surgical residency training at St. Luke's Hospital. Dr. Matthew Jansen completed a 5 years general surgical residency at St. Lukes's Hospital. During his residency, Dr. Jansen developed this desire to move to a small town that needed a surgeon, where his skills could be used to save lives. He wanted to save lives. He found and chose Sidney, Nebraska. Matthew loved Nebraska and in 2015 he accepted a position with the surgical staff at Sidney Regional Hospital. Matthew was at home on the prairie just like he was in the mountains of Northern California and Pennsylvania, as long as it was outside, anything is ok.
Nebraska quickly became Matthew and Kaitlin's forever home. They started a small farm and a family. 4 girls. Together they became very active in the local community and everything to do with the outside. He was constantly working on outside projects with Kaitlin and the girls. He planted fruit trees and grew all kinds of vegetables, fish, horses, cows, pigs, and even bananas. He grew bananas in Nebraska! Every free weekend you would find him and his girls camping. Enjoying the outdoors where life is at.
Matthew's mother always called him a "deep thinker". He would think and think about a problem until he could find an answer. He did that in medicine and on his small farm. He loved finding the answers. In 2017 his parents joined his family in Sidney. This is where they wanted to live, together working and spending time outside. Matthew loved his family, wife, and girls. He cherished his girls. He loved his small farm, his way of "farm" life in Sidney, and raising his girls in our great country, America.
God has called his "deep thinker" home and we can not question that. His love of God, family, country, and farm life in Sidney will carry on. Matthew leaves behind his 4 girls, Lilly, Eva, Eleanor, and Adaline. He also leaves behind his dear Kaitlin. He is survived by his sister Jessica and parents Martha and David Jansen.
Please join our family on Saturday, April 22 at the Sidney Evangelical Free Church at 10am in a public service to celebrate the life of Dr. Matthew Eugene Jansen.