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    Seattle Public Schools Celebrates the Life of Educator Joe Bland
    Posted on 08/24/2016
    Photo of Joe Bland

    Seattle Public Schools remembers a dedicated educator, loving husband and father.

    Longtime Seattle Public Schools educator, Joseph Bland, recently passed away at his home in Seattle.

    Bland leaves behind his wife of 29 years, Sabrina Bland, his daughter Jomeka Bland, his colleagues and close friends.

    Born and raised in Seattle, the son of Evans Bland and Sarah (Jefferies) Bland, he was a lifelong resident of the emerald city. 

    A graduate of Roosevelt High School in 1979, Bland created a legacy of teaching and serving the Seattle’s Central District Community. He began his teaching career at Franklin High School in 1985, eventually landing at Garfield High School where he worked more than three decades. 

    In many ways Garfield became Bland’s second home. During his career, Bland became known as a jack of all trades and particularly thrived as Garfield’s gym manager. He never turned down a request to help a fellow staff member or student or family and spent many nights working late to ensure students and children in the neighborhood had a place to play high school and recreational games. 

    Bland took great pride in being a loving husband, a father, a man of God, and a friend. He often offered the following advice to others; “treat others the way you wanted to be treated”, “forgive people because life is too short not to”, and “take care of your responsibilities.” He used these words to connect with people young and old. 

    A funeral service was held on August 24 at Goodwill Baptist Church in Seattle.