Updated: Nov 25
Final funeral details below for Monday, November 20. We hope to see you there.
Mehmet Özcan Mustafa passed away this past Friday, November 17, 2023, after an unexpected and short battle with cancer. Diagnosed in September, the disease was discovered after complaining about back and shoulder pain. He was initially diagnosed with multiple myeloma, then lung cancer, with additional complications. This all came as a sudden shock to the family.
Özcan, as we all knew him, was truly loved by anyone who met him. He is survived by his wife of 50 years Neshe; his daughter Sinem, her husband Stuart Dwyer, and Özcan's grandson Max; his older son Erdem and his wife Jess; and Özcan's younger son Hakan.
Özcan and his family have been longtime members and supporters of MATA since the 1970s. He had served on the Board of Directors, and is a past president of our organization.
The MATA Board of Directors extends our heartfelt condolences to his family and friends. Özcan will be dearly missed by all of us.
There will be a funeral service beginning at noon on Monday, November 20, at the Diyanet Center of America (the Grand Turkish Mosque), located at 9610 Good Luck Road, Lanham, Maryland.
The funeral service will follow the noon day prayer, which is scheduled from 12 - 12:30 p.m. The funeral prayer will begin immediately afterward and last from 12:30 - 1 p.m.
The funeral procession will then drive to the Maryland National Memorial Cemetery, located at 13300 Baltimore Avenue, Laurel, Maryland. The interment will take place from 2 - 2:30 p.m.
After the ceremony, family and friends are invited to Rudy’s Mediterranean Grill and Turkish Cuisine, located at 7185 Columbia Gateway Drive, Columbia, MD.
Flowers may be delivered to the address of either the Diyanet Center of America or the Maryland National Memorial Cemetery.