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September 3, 1972 ~ October 14, 2015  An incredibly kind and loving husband; an active, caring and devoted father; a loyal son, brother and friend; and an accomplished TV producer, died from complications from cancer on Wednesday, October 14, 2015. He was surrounded by his family and friends, and some of the incredible staff at Georgetown Hospital. Michael is survived by his wife, Katie; sons, Jack Bondat Masland and Jonah Lecompte; daughters, Elizabeth and Mary; parents, Bonnie and David Fish, Jim and Michelle Masland; brothers, Jim (Nathalie) and Jon (Monica) Masland. He is also survived by his many friends at Discovery Studios.Funeral arrangements are being handled by Collins Funeral Home. There will be a visitation on October 27, 2015, from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m; followed by a Funeral Mass beginning at 10:30 a.m. Both are at St. Camillus Church, 1600 St. Camillus Dr., Silver Spring, MD 20903.In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to an education fund for his children, NPR, or Christian Family Montessori School. Mike would probably also suggest that in lieu of flowers, subscribe to a paper copy of your favorite newspaper. Masland Kids Education Fund:www.youcaring.com/elizabeth-mary-masland-455592 Christian Family Montessori School201 Allison Street NW Suite BWashington, DC 20011 NPR FoundationDept. 6054Washington, DC 20042 www.COLLINSFUNERALHOME.com  

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AaI have just seen this tribute to you Micheal Masland.
I didn't know of you until this but sadly now can commend your work.
Your family and friends must be so proud.
Charlotte Sullivan
April 23, 2018
I too have been a huge fan of ATLF for many seasons - the amazing Kicher family have brought years of fun, interesting , educational, & enlightening T.V. Viewing / I just saw Michael's dedication/ it must be rather odd to his family , friends & coworkers to get condolences a couple of years after his passing - but in some ways NOT, because it just keeps him more alive and remembered - so along with his other viewers I offer my sympathy to all who knew and loved him - -and I personally want to add I so enjoy all the hard work he put in to make such a great family friendly show ! /so darned difficult these days ! RIP Michael ! And thank you

Lee Tydeman
February 14, 2018
Here it is October 2017, I have been a fan of ATLF since day one,and remember that season 5 was dedicated to Michael , and now watching reruns of Alaska the last frontier ( at season 5),, I still have those heartfelt of emotions of sadness for his family and ATLF family,,I pray everyday that there is a heaven and he is at peace.,which I'm sure that he is,,Heaven gained a Great Man,,,,,, 43 years old ,way to young and way to soon, we will see him again,believe that,,God Bless to his family and Friends...
Lisa Runnells
October 18, 2017
I want to express to the loved ones of Michael Masland that "Alaska The Last Frontier" is a beautifully produced and directed program with an authentic and lovely spirit. All who have made a contribution to this educational and highly family friendly show, must be grieving the loss of Michael. My sympathy goes out to his surviving wife, children, family and the Last Frontier crew. As a former Segment Producer I know that our fellow colleagues are like family. I am learning that Michael was a very kind man, perhaps no higher attribute for which one may aspire to be in life.
Deb & Roland Dimick
August 14, 2017
I just saw the dedication on season 5 of Alaska The Last Frontier. We too live in an idolated part of the country...the high country in the Colorado Rockies and don't have cable so we are behind in receiving this news. Our family sends its prayers for your continued healing snd want to thank you for sharing this gifted man with the world.
HAZEL Peterson
January 14, 2017
Just heard of Michaels passing. I live in the UK and saw the dedication of season 5 of Alaska the Last Frontier series 5 to Michael and just wanted to offer my condolences. His work has brought my wife and I great pleasure. Sorry for your loss.
Malcolm Collins
November 22, 2015
RIP Michael. You produced an excellent show on Discovery -Alaska...The Last Frontier. I've watched this show for many seasons in United Kindom. You will be a very sad loss to your wife, children and family. But you will also be a sad loss to filming and the wider audience.
Pain free and accepted at the pearly gates RIP x
Tracey Kelly
November 22, 2015
I pray there IS an afterlife & that we ALL will meet there again when our days here are done...We ALL want to believe but this life kinda destroys our Hopes & our dreams..I pray to God that there IS MORE than just this life..where we WILL SEE Steve Irwin & ALL of the others & WE WILL ALL be Together Again!!!
Vicki G.
November 17, 2015
I'm so so sorry for your loss. I've enjoyed the shows Michael has had a part in. Thoughts and prayers are with you and your family
Jennifer McCready
November 15, 2015
I'm very sorry for your lost. He will be missed as a person who worked hard to make this world a more inspiring place. Thank you. May you rest in peace now.
Gus Gutierrez
November 15, 2015
My condolences to the family. Just know he's up there smiling down on you all. I love all of the shows. I'm an alaskan frontier fan and love the outdoors. Thanks to him and he will definitely be missed Rip Michael.
November 13, 2015
So sorry for your loss. Take pride in the work Michael did and know his fine work influenced many.
Randy H.
November 10, 2015
May god be with you and all of his Children. May his parents be blessed to know he will suffer no longer. I pray when your grieving time is through you can and will walk with a Smile on your face once again. And just remember GRIEVING has no number so take whatever time you need. May god bless all who He Loved
Candy maleski
November 10, 2015
Thank you for bringing all of us such beautiful work.
November 9, 2015
Any loss of life is tragic. Please find comfort in knowing that all of you will see him again and that God is real and Jesus defeated death. Michael is smiling down on all of you in all his glory.
Pastor Dean Barker
November 9, 2015
Our prayers are with the family... His work with puppy bowl brought such happiness
November 9, 2015
My thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this most difficult time. God Bless you all.
Debbi Hamilton
November 9, 2015
Sorry for your loss of Michael. He seams to have an amazing legend left behind,,& for those of us who have loved the shows he produced, we'll always remember him for loving that work. It sounds he has a beautiful loving wife, & kids to always keep his spirit alive, along with now millions of us that he has blessed with memories of his great work via Discovery channel.

I'll second that sentiment that another guest wrote today. With the power of God's glorious heaven awaiting all who believe in Him sending his Son Jesus Christ, we'll meet again in new purely healthy bodies, Praise God.
I learned of Michael passing from his mortal body, from watching "Alaska, The Last Frontier" TV series, & I've been paralyzed for 21 Years , but loved the outdoor, hunting and fishing, ( farming in the family history) my entire life, so thankful for his part in giving me the next best thing to being out there.He makes it enjoyable to watch year after year and I love that.
May God Bless that family & rest their hearts.
November 9, 2015
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. May the memories you have bring you comfort during this difficult time. ~Tom, Rita, Emily & Katie Hood from Santa Clarita, California.
Rita Hood
November 8, 2015
Just learned of your loss through posting on ATLF. I have sister , brother-in-law, son-in-law all fighting a form of cancer. I truly admire and enjoyed his work. His legacy is one to be treasured. God Bless the loved ones he left behind. We have our assurance from our Lord and Saviour if we believe in him we have eternal life. Therefore we will be re-united with those who have gone before us.
David Abbott
November 8, 2015
He passed away a day before my birthday So sad. My heart goes out to his family and friends. Season 5 of the ATLF was dedicated to him.
RIP Michael.
Cat Reed
November 8, 2015
My condolences to Michaels family. I have enjoyed his work on the Discovery channel and he will be missed. My prayers go out to his family. He is now on another new and exciting adventure.
Diane Whiting
November 8, 2015
I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Michael. I pray that God will give your family and friends comfort and peace. He is no longer suffering. My Mom passed from that horrible disease, so I can sympathize with you all. Likewise I know she's out of pain, but all of our pains begin afterwards.
God bless you all
Kinnie Hardaway
November 8, 2015
Sad, have enjoyed much of Michael's TV work. God Bless his family and loved ones.
Bill Moore
November 8, 2015
My deepest sympathy to family and friends. Mr. Masland left a great legacy in his children and his life work.
November 7, 2015
I just now had time to look up information on Michael after seeing the dedication on ATLF last week. I am certain I watch many shows that Michael was a very integral part of. I am also certain he is missed. I know his family is so thankful for the time they had with him while he was here on this earth. We never have enough time with our loved ones. I am saddened by their loss. Irreplaceable.
November 6, 2015
Michael is a person I wish I had known personally. I have been touched by his life because of his incredible work as a producer. A gifted man who lived, worked, and loved passionately and by doing so did something that every man hopes for - to leave his mark in this world. My prayers are with his family.
Michael Reid
November 5, 2015

We are so sorry for your families lost. We will keep your family in our prayers.
Darren, Lana, Drew and Derek Stewart
November 4, 2015
So sorry for your loss. I personally know the pain of losing my brother, son, and husband, all taken before their time. Peace be with you and your family. Heartbreaking.
Jackie Smith
November 4, 2015
May there be some comfort now and great delight eventually in the legacy of his work. In documenting fascinating lives and awesome places in creation, Mr. Masland's work is able to continue to educate, inspire, and remember beautiful habitat of our precious Mother Earth.
November 3, 2015
My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort. Michael lives on in your hearts and the hearts of many viewers.
Christine Haida
November 3, 2015
With my deepest condolences to his family and his friends. He was way too young to be taken from this earth. Cancer does not know age gender color or the fact that is your loved one and you are not ready to lose them yet. Just know in your heart that someday you will see them happy healthy with open arms to give you that embrace that you have so long for. I was watching Alaska the last frontier tonight on TV and saw that he had passed my heart started to ache remembering the ones that I had lost. May you find some sort of peace in each other to get you these hard times. Again I send my condolences to Michael's family and friends.
Susan LaMont
November 3, 2015
Thank You so much for making such an impact on so many viewers lives like mine.
Jim Manger
November 2, 2015
My deepest condolences to the family, friends and co-workers of this amazingly talented young man.
Steff LaFlash
November 2, 2015
This man truly made a difference, touching the lives of so many. Sending love and light to the family and friends.
Barb Paulsen
November 2, 2015
Michael touched many people either by directly knowing him or through his work. Keep in mind that Michael will always be with you through the beautiful children that y'all had together. I am sorry for your loss. Just know that some day you will meet again.
Robert Branch
November 2, 2015
My thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of this wonderfully talented young man.
T Alexander
November 2, 2015
I grew up like a frontiersman 's child--chopping kindling with a hatchet at 6 years of age was as natural as breathing. Still love the smell of pine like my "drug of choice". Michael Masland had incredible insight to show the Kilcher Homesteaders as the incredible people that I cannot NOT watch. Thank you for everything Michael. God Bless your family; what a Blessing that they got to
Love you, and you them!
Melinda Krouse
November 2, 2015
Just found out about Micheal's passing. So sorry for your loss. His great work has touched many everywhere. God bless.
Guy G.
November 2, 2015
Another brillant mind and talent, gone through this terrible disease.i so enjoyed what he brought to our tube each week, giving us wholesome and entertaining things to think about and wonder if we should go back to the simple things in life. I also lost my loved one to this horrific disease and my heart and prayers go out to the family of this wonderful young man. Rest in peace Michael.
Peggy Yorgey, Steigerwalt
November 2, 2015
You were great at what you did. RIP--Doug Matthews Ward AR
November 2, 2015
I just saw where Michael passed from cancer. I am so sorry to hear of this news! Michael did such awesome work and produced such great shows for Discovery Channel. I lost my Dad almost 11 years ago from cancer so I know what you all are going through. But Michael is up in Heaven with the best producer you could ever imagine...JESUS CHRIST. May the Lord God bless you all..!!!
Chad Cole
November 2, 2015
I was watching Alaska The Last Frontier and learned of the loss of Michael. I am so sorry for your loss. Michael has done an excellent job bringing the Kilcher family into our homes each week. May your memories surround you and bring you comfort at this time. He is gone too soon!
Rita Frank
November 2, 2015
I so enjoy watching the program about living in Alaska. I truly hope it will continue to be so good with the lose of Michael now.
Michael and his family is in my prayers!!
November 2, 2015
Having lost my life's love early, my heart feels for you and yours. His work will endure in the meantime, and may each day bring you a bit more peace. A Loving Fan
Linda Robbins
November 2, 2015
You are all in my thoughts and prayers.
Jay Mercer
November 2, 2015
I just learned of his passing and saddened to hear of your loss. May God bless you at this difficult time. While did not know him I certainly enjoyed his work. Rory Lebell. Canada
Rory Lebell
November 2, 2015
Got through watching Alaska TLF. They had a title card for Michael Masland. Never knew him, but sad to see him go.
Andy Howard
November 2, 2015
I just want to express my sincere condolences and to say that Michael must've been very passionate about his work because he was outstanding at it. Though I'm a stranger, I feel like one of the Alaska, The Last Frontier family. I watch as if I'll be homesteading soon. I love that he brought the Kilcher families world to the screen and into my livingroom. He's made me really care about their interesting lives. Thank you Michael, your life has truly enriched mine. May your family be forever warmed by your memory. Your spirit truly lives on.
TJ Jones
November 2, 2015
Saying a prayer for God's love and comfort to shine warmly down through the clouds of loss over family and friends. In thankful remembrance of his artistic gift, providing us the experience of Alaska, the Last Frontier.
Christina Cooper
November 2, 2015
I'm so sorry for your loss, I didn't know Mr. Masland and just wanted to let you know that I will keep your family in my prayers. God bless all of you. Joyce Stevens (Chesapeake, Virginia)
November 2, 2015
Though I didn't know Michael I am saddened by the loss of his future visions when it comes to his productions. Alaska the last frontier is by far my favorite show and I thank him for bringing to us. I am saddened by your loss and pray for your family in this time of loss.
David Hoaks
November 2, 2015
I am so sorry for your loss. Watching "Alaska" tonight and wanted to share how much enjoyment Michael has given to me. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Jane Bacon
November 2, 2015
Thank you for all the entertainment you had a part of making our lives so rich. I hope you are dancing with the angels. May the Lord bless and keep you. May he light shine on your entire family and give them peace.
Loraine Parsons
November 1, 2015
May your memories of Michael bring peace and comfort to your family as you continue the journey without him. Love Alaska The Last Frontier.
Eddi Browder
November 1, 2015
Our deepest condolence for your loss. His talent will not be forgotten.
Lyn Ransom
November 1, 2015
My heart goes out to you all at this time. Please remember that as long as he is remembered in your minds...so shall he be in your hearts.
Barbara Parker Welch
November 1, 2015
Prayers and blessings to your family and friends
W. Armstrong
November 1, 2015
Just seeing Michael has passed. Never miss an episode of Alaska the last frontier. Thank you for your insight to have such amazing programs. May your work comtinue.
Lois Dempsey
November 1, 2015
I am no Friend or Family Member but I do know Family is everything , we live and make as much of it as we can there is no Gurante in Life
We come into this world and we cry , As we leave we rejoice
We remember the good the Happiness and the joy, Michael will be well missed , but I do know That our Loving God is watching over him now and he is having a party in Heaven
I'm so sorry for your loss , I do know that he would want you to keep smiling and go on and have a Happy blessed life for the future
Gordon Hewitt
November 1, 2015
May your memory be a soft sigh heard during a moment of sadness..
maggie hammond
November 1, 2015
Our prayers go out to your family.
Darline Moore
October 29, 2015
I went to high school with Mike. Words fail, but I wanted to send my thoughts and prayers and deepest sympathy.
Natalie Tynan
October 28, 2015
Katie and Family,
I worked with Mas at Studios on a couple of projects. Under his leadership Studios was the best place I've ever worked. He was simply a good man. I am profoundly sorry for your loss. I will continue to hold you all in prayer. May you find the Strength and Courage that surpasses all earthly understanding.
Elizabeth Ventura
October 27, 2015
Under God's kingdom on earth, aging and death will no longer be. All the bad conditions will be things of the past. Isaiah 65:17-25.
October 27, 2015
Katie and family, there are no adequate words for such a profound loss. But I hope you're comforted by the care and love from all of us who were touched by Mike's brilliant light.
Gayle Young
October 26, 2015
Sending you and your whole family love!!! It is a great loss.
Joan Pauly Schneider
October 25, 2015
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