In Loving Memory

Matthew, Spisak

September 9, 1962 - September 21, 2020


Matthew Maurice Spisak, 58, of Chickasaw, Alabama, formerly of New Orleans, LA and a native of Portsmouth, VA, passed away Monday, September 21, 2020 after a prolonged illness. 

He is survived by his father, Thomas James Spisak of Mobile, AL; brothers, Thomas (Janis), Mark of MA., Dana (Carrie), Derek of Mobile, AL; sisters, Jeri Fraser (Frank) of MA., and Valerie Ogle (Bob) of Chickasaw, AL, as well as nieces, nephews, and his extended family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Sally Diane Bratton Spisak; nephew Benjamin Reed, and special lady friend, Lori Zastrow.

Matthew was a graphic artist. He graduated from Ocean Springs High School, MS and Ringling College of Art and Design, Sarasota, FL. He worked in New York City, Atlanta, and New Orleans. He enjoyed travel, studied the French language as an adult and visited France several times to stand in front of The Mona Lisa only to take photos of onlookers. He enjoyed sports, was an exceptional athlete, played any musical instrument he picked up. Matt loved music and designed album art. He was especially obsessed with Lucinda Williams and Emmy Lou Harris. He worked on motion picture productions and was seen in an episode of Anthony Bourdain, “A Cook’s Tour,” in New Orleans. He did artwork for Andrew Young of Georgia, Hank Aaron, The Atlantic, Morris Bart- “One call, That’s All”. 

Matt will be recognized during the St. Anne’s Procession in New Orleans. To honor him, donations may be made to the Historic New Orleans Collection (

No services are planned at this time.  Expressions of condolence for the family may be made at  Hughes Funeral Home, 26209 Pollard Road, Daphne, AL, is assisting the family.


  1. Virginia Dickens

    Matthew (Matty) was a very special friend to me. Especially 2000-2015 or so. We always visited when I was in New Orleans and spoke on the phone from time to time. We walked from his home in the Marigny all around the Quarter many times, enjoying Oysters and Art. He knew his neighbors and always had a cat named Gris Gris. He was a unique person, thoughtful and kind. I often saw him handing a twenty to those in need on the street. Matty was an amazing artist in every way. His perspective was always unique. He saw Art in Everything. In his later photos, he captured urban movement as from a hand gesture or small bird, in flight. Light and form passing in a seemingly brief, yet timeless and unending way. A paradox, he was. Simple, yet complexity was represented in everything he did.
    I love you and will miss you, dear friend. The world is less interesting without your earthly presence.

  2. Kay Holtz

    My condolences to the Spisak family. He was a special friend to our family at St. Andrews neighborhood, Ocean Springs, Ms. Unfortunately, we had not been able to spend time with Matt for the past 25 or more years, but we all remember his wonderful sharp sense of humor and his quick wit. And of course, he was a very talented artist. Again, condolences to his father and his siblings. Kay Holtz

  3. kim tisdale

    dear matt,and family, have just read if your passing.prayers for your family going up. the world c will miss your beautiful spirit. may you rest well, my friend.


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