May 11, 1976 - August 30, 2021
With broken hearts, we announce Mathew Howell died suddenly in Santa Barbara on August 28, 2021. He was born in San Francisco on May 11, 1976 to Heidi and Jamie Howell. He is survived by his parents; his sisters Jesse Star, Lily Kate (Moshe Cohen), and Jenny Blaze (Andrew Hine); his niece Kaya; and his nephews, Nolan and Otis. Other survivors include his Uncle Billy (Jill); Aunts Karen, Hilary (John), Deirdre, Debby, Katie (Bruce), and Tessa; numerous cousins; and a multitude of friends. He attended Rooftop, Live Oak, and the San Francisco School. After graduating from Washington High, Mat studied Film at City College of San Francisco prior to starting a career in real estate. Mat had a successful practice with several companies including BJ Droubi, Foghorn, Paragon, and Hill & Co.
Mat moved to Santa Barbara in 2010 to follow in the footsteps of his famous grandfather, the artist William Dole. He produced many unusual paintings combining the styles of graffiti and pop art. Mat is remembered for his unbelievable acting skills, finely honed style, encyclopedic knowledge of both music and film, and outrageous dance moves. He will be missed for his humor, kindness, gentleness, and his unparalleled ability to stick nicknames on friends, siblings, and pets. There will be a memorial celebration of Mat's life outdoors in October. Please reply to Mathewhowellmemorial@gmail.com for further information.