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In Memory of

Michael Joseph Statland

December 17, 1951 - September 13, 2017

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Michael Joseph was born December 17, 1951 in Washington, DC. A year later he was adopted by Connie and David Statland. He was raised as an only child in Silver Spring, MD. His parents were older, so he surrounded himself with friends. He was a graduate of Montgomery Blair High School and attended Benjamin Franklin University in Washington, DC. While there, he met and married Eva Marie Oates. They continued their education as funds allowed and finally got degrees in accounting....







Obituary





Michael Joseph was born December 17, 1951 in Washington, DC. A year later he was adopted by Connie and David Statland. He was raised as an only child in Silver Spring, MD. His parents were older, so he surrounded himself with friends. He was a graduate of Montgomery Blair High School and attended Benjamin Franklin University in Washington, DC. While there, he met and married Eva Marie Oates. They continued their education as funds allowed and finally got degrees in accounting. In 1983 he traveled, alone, to Korea to pick up the two daughters they were adopting. With much help from the flight attendants he got Rachel and Amanda home to Maryland, and learned how to change a diaper along the way.



He toiled as an accountant at the University of Maryland, College Park for over 30 years.



He was an avid reader. Before Kindles he had a book by the bed, a book by the chair and one in the car, just in case. He loved adventure stories, spy novels, but also different religions, the lives of the prophets, and military histories. There is a book of knots in his library. Eva used him as a reference for her crossword puzzles.



He wasn’t afraid to try anything. Eva would come up with some idea and he would grab his tool box. He rode a Harley for a few years, until his back surgery. He had a black belt in Karate. He shot skeet at Isaac Walton, tried Cowboy Action Shoot, and always wanted to be a cowboy.



He loved baseball. He and his brother-in-law traveled from state to state watching minor league games, visiting different stadiums. They shared many a road trip. He didn’t like going to the stadium for major league games as they were too crowded and he hated cities.



He loved his family, pampered Eva, and adored his girls. He attended plenty of games, recitals, marching band competitions, not just for his girls, but also his nieces and nephews and their sons and daughters.



He was an even-tempered guy. He believed if you could affect the outcome, do it. Don’t worry about it. If you couldn’t, then learn to accommodate it. He was surrounded by an extended family that loved him dearly and we will miss him horribly.