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Michael John Buckhout-White
August 6, 1981 ~ December 29, 2023 (age 42) 42 Years Old
Michael John Buckhout-White, 42, of Silver Spring MD, passed away on Dec 29th, 2023 after an almost 3 month journey with recurrent brain cancer. Mike, a loving friend, son, brother, husband and father of two, is remembered for his steady quiet nature, quick-wit and kindness. He was a musician, a photographer, artist, fitness enthusiast, and an avid DIYer. His passion for lifelong learning, and quest for new experiences shaped his life and the connections he made with those around him.
Mike was born on August 6th, 1981 to Jean Buckhout and Robert White in their home in Silver Spring, MD. He grew up in that same home with his parents and older sister, Elizabeth, through college. Mike attended Montgomery Blair High School where he played drums in the Jazz band. He graduated in 1999 and went on to receive an AA with a certificate in Computer Graphics from Montgomery College before transferring to UMBC, where he received his BA in Digital and Imaging Arts. During college, Mike maintained employment at MacUpgrades in Bethesda and was the drummer for two bands that performed locally, Random Access (1998 - 2006) and Paper Ship Armada (2009 - 2010). Mike’s professional career began as a production assistant for ABC NEWS where he worked until 2009. He started as a Multimedia Specialist for the National Foreign Language Center at the University of Maryland in 2009 where his tenure lasted over 13 years until his passing.
Mike met and started dating his wife Susan in his final semester at Blair High School, and married on June 3rd, 2006 after 7 years of dating. They purchased their first home in Burtonsville, MD, where they welcomed the birth of their daughter Samantha in 2011, and their son Gabriel in 2014. They moved in 2018 to the Four Corners area of Silver Spring where he resided until his death. Mike was always ready for an adventure. His passion for the outdoors was evident in many aspects of his life. He loved camping, hiking, biking, exploring and traveling. As a devoted father, Mike immersed himself in his children’s activities, supporting his son Gabriel’s Scout troop and coaching Samantha’s softball team and Gabriel’s baseball team. Beyond his familial commitments, Mike enthusiastically tackled home improvement projects, finding joy constructing decks, installing lights, or tackling odd jobs. Mike’s commitment to the environment was evident in his daily life as he diligently reused and recycled whenever possible, drove low emission vehicles, and lived a sustainable lifestyle.
Mike inspired those around him to embrace healthier lifestyles. He organized fitness challenges and encouraged friends and family on their personal fitness journeys, regularly initiating exercise challenges and advocating for physical well-being. He organized Team Extreme to compete in the 5k Race for Hope to raise money for the National Brain Tumor Society (NBTS), an organization that works to raise awareness, support research, and discover a cure for brain tumors. He thrived in the community that sport provided. He was a regular member of the ABC NEWS intramural softball team, participated in community bike rides, enjoyed weekly racquetball games with his sister Elizabeth and was ready to try any sport that would allow him to spend time with family and friends. After his tumor recurrence was diagnosed in May, Mike and his family committed to multiple trips, determined to live life as they always have, seeking new experiences and adventure, and creating happy memories.
Services will be held at the Lutheran Church of St. Andrew, 15300 New Hampshire Ave, on Jan 21st at 3pm.