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CMSgt.(Ret.) Matthew Bland Teasdale

November 11, 2018
CMSgt.(Ret.) Matthew Bland Teasdale
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Obituary for CMSgt.(Ret.) Matthew Bland Teasdale

Littleton/Lake Gaston-

Chief Master Sergeant (Retired) Matthew Bland Teasdale passed away at his home on Lake Gaston on November 11, surrounded by his family, after a five year battle with Amyotropic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. While he was still able to drive, he could be seen around our area in his adapted van with custom graphics along the side showing his power wheelchair racing against the reaper that was ALS, armed with an ice bucket.

Matt was born in Hampton, Virginia, in 1957, and graduated from Bethel High School. He enlisted in the Air Force in 1977 as a Communications Computer Systems Operator and achieved the pinnacle of his military career when he was selected to serve as the Senior Enlisted Advisor for the 65th Air Base Wing at Lajes Field, The Azores. He served 26 years before retiring in 2003 from Langley Air Force Base in Hampton, Virginia.

After his retirement, Matt earned his Masters Degree from Saint Leo University and joined the Virginia Department of Taxation as an internal auditor. A natural, he then took his audit and IT skills to Virginia State University and the Virginia Department of Accounts. Matt was the Chief Information Security Officer and Director of Risk Management at the Virginia Department of Social Services when he was diagnosed with ALS. Determined to continue living life on his terms, he drove himself two hours each way to work even after being confined to a wheel chair.

Matt loved home projects, whether his own or as assigned to him from the “Honey Do” list and was also a proud Barry Manilow fan. He enjoyed his annual hunts in Grand Junction, Colorado, with his best friend, Darryl Powell. Fortunately, being outdoors was more important than shooting anything, because in decades of hunting all the game he brought home was from Darryl’s freezer. Matt continued to make the hunt for four years after his diagnosis and was featured in the Grand Junction newspaper (“The Dude Won’t Quit!”) when he finally got his first buck--from the wheelchair.

Most important to Matt, however, was his family. He was preceded in death by his mother, Ivah Miller Teasdale. Matt is survived by his wife, Becky Teasdale; his father, Les Teasdale; his daughters, Stephanie and Christina; his sons, Jason (Megan) Campbell, Sean (Jennifer) Campbell; his grandchildren, Zachary Pruitt, Cadence, and Jacob Campbell (Jason & Megan), Cristian & Alexander Campbell (Sean & Jen); his sister Becky (Brent) Lane and brothers, Miles (Rene) Teasdale, Marty (Leann) Teasdale; nieces and nephews; and his faithful canine companion, Heidi.

The family would like to thank Dr. Richard Bedlack and the staff at the Duke ALS Clinic, the Durham Veterans Affairs office, the nurses and staff of the Durham VA MICU, the PICU at Duke Medical Center, our home care team of Mary, Joe, Kerwin and Chevon, and all those who’ve helped care for Matt over the years. Your tireless efforts were a blessing. To the friends who visited and kept him in their thoughts, you will never know how important your continued contact was.

Visitation and viewing will be held at the Peninsula Funeral Home in Newport News on Friday, November 16th from 6 to 7:30pm, followed by a service at Parkview Baptist Church in Newport News on Saturday, November 17th at 11am.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations be made to the Duke ALS Clinic in Matt’s memory.

Local arrangements by Blaylock Funeral Home. Penninsula Funeral Home in Newport News, Va. is handling funeral arrangements.

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