Maj. Dean H. Matzko, 35, a Marine Corps aviator and a former resident of Springfield, Va., was killed March 14 when his jet fighter-bomber disintegrated in the air and crashed into the sea off Hawaii.
A Marine Corps announcement said the accident occurred immediately after Maj. Matzko had taken off from the Marine air station at Kaneohe Bay for a training flight. The body was not recovered.
Maj. Matzko was born in Philadelphia. His father is retired Army Lt. Col. Michael A. Matzko and the family lived at various military posts in the United States, Germany and Japan.
In 1962, the Matzkoa made their home in Springfield. The future Marine major entered the Naval Academy that year and graduated in 1966. He was commissioned in the Marine Corps and later became a pilot.
His assignments included combat in Vietnam and the Naval Postgraduate School at Monterey, Calif., where he earned a master's degree in financial management in 1976.
Survivors include his wife, Arlene, and two children, Jay and Deanna, all of the home in Kailua, Hawaii; a brother, Michael, of Flagstaff, Ariz., and his parents, Lt. Col. and Mrs. Matzko, of Springfield.
The family suggests that expressions of sympathy be in the form of contributions to the Dean H. Matzko Memorial Fund, c/o St. Marks Lutheran Church, 5800 Backlick Rd., Springfield, 22150.