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Matthew Clarke (Matt Ratt) Davis

1964 - 2009, Santa Barbara

Matt Davis, age 44, died suddenly on August 15, 2009. Born to Bruce and Joy Davis in Santa Barbara, CA, on December 19, 1964, Matt attended local Santa Barbara schools.

Matt's large family of friends include the punk music world, the local NA and AA families, and a smaller group of spiritually conscious friends. Matt will be remembered as one who lived life at full throttle; not only as "Matt Ratt" the musician/singer/songwriter, and founder of the influential 80's punk band, Rat Pack (that remained active up until the time of his death), but also as a loyal friend, father, confidant and most recently, loving husband.

Along with his jet black hair, Matt's quick wit and constant joking were his trademark. His ability to always find something positive in any situation he found himself in was one of his foremost qualities. His charisma and outgoing nature drew people towards him and as one of Santa Barbara's first punk rockers, he introduced many people to the music that they still love today. Matt was never one to turn away a friend in need and was always there to help in whatever way he could. This generosity was displayed time and time again in countless different ways.

Matt is predeceased by his parents and is survived by his wife, Kelly Collier; daughter, Tessa Beck; brother, Jeff Davis and family; sister, Amanda Torresani and family; aunts, uncle and numerous cousins.

Please join us in a celebration of Matt's life, Sunday August 30th at 1pm, in Oak Park (main area near playground), Santa Barbara, CA. We encourage you to bring comfort food, your stories, and pictures to share with Matt's family and friends. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider a contribution to the Matthew C. Davis Memorial Fund at Santa Barbara Bank & Trust. Please also visit the Matthew "Ratt" Davis Memorial Page on facebook. You are also invited to a benefit party being held at EOS Lounge, 500 Anacapa St. SB, Saturday 8/29/09 6pm-9pm.

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Matt and I grew up on the same block of Milpas street between Canon Perdido and Carrillo Streets. I witnessed first hand Matt's leadership in developing the punk movement in Santa Barbara. A lot of us did not understand and Matt was subject to a lot of harrassment, but he stood his ground and was committed to the Punk ethic that later translated into a music career and himself as an influential person within the movement. Facebook had brought all of us closer though I had not seen Matt in years, but at least he could see that people loved him and respected him. I'm sorry that he leaves behind a loving family and I wish I could be there to pay tribute in person with a song, but God knows that he will be remembered and I wish everyone love and peace.

Mark Moses Alvarado
SBHS "82"
Former Lead Singer of Soul Force.

Moses05 (anonymous profile)
August 27, 2009 at 2:14 p.m. (Suggest removal)

To Matts family,I am so sorry.

I will miss you so much Matt,so much.You told me,that we had a life in the past you and i,hope i will see you soon,like you know, i am sick so maybe i will be there soon.

with love <3

YouMattKnowWHO (anonymous profile)
August 29, 2009 at 6:04 a.m. (Suggest removal)

I knew Matt as Tessa's dad - he was always there to pick her up after school, sometimes share lunch with her... He struck me as calm, kind and patient - and you can see the mutual love that he and Tessa shared. I got to know him through our chats about punk music - I'm from London and am an "old school" punker from way back - he would pick my brain about Brit bands. Matt, please know that there are many people at Peabody Charter, including me, watching out for Tessa.

dramaqueen (anonymous profile)
September 10, 2009 at 3:53 p.m. (Suggest removal)

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