Jeffrey S. Spina
Jeffrey S. Spina, a devoted family man, beloved friend, and dedicated coach, was born on April 19, 1962, in DeLand, FL. After a life filled with joy and passion, Jeff peacefully passed away at his home on July 26, 2023, leaving behind a legacy that will forever be cherished.
Jeff's journey in life was characterized by his unwavering commitment to his community. For many years, he proudly served in Field Maintenance for the City of DeLand, diligently working to ensure the beauty and functionality of public spaces for the community, including the various sports complexes throughout the city. His tireless efforts made a significant impact on the city he loved.
Prior to his recent work for DeLand, Jeff's passion for nurturing the natural world led him to become a partner with the family business, Nordman Nursery. He took pride in cultivating beauty and growth through plants and trees, making the world a more beautiful place, one landscape at a time.
Jeff was not only adept at nurturing landscapes, but also young minds and talents.
Preceded in death by his father, Samuel Spina, he mirrored his encouraging and patient coaching style. As a former baseball player for DeLand High School and Stetson University, Jeff channeled his love for the sport into coaching Little League, travel, DeLand Prep, and Florida Wood Bat League baseball. He inspired and mentored young athletes as a coach, teaching them not only about the game but also about the value of teamwork and sportsmanship.
Among his many interests, Jeff had a love for golf that was infectious. His passion for the sport led him to organize the Clown Tours I and II golf leagues, where he brought together friends and fellow enthusiasts for competition filled with laughter and camaraderie. Sports played a significant role in Jeff's life. He was a devoted fan of the New York Yankees, Stetson Hatters, and Dallas Cowboys. Whether cheering from his home or attending games with loved ones, he lived for the excitement and spirit of competitive sports.
Amid his love for sports and community engagement, Jeff's most treasured role was that of a family man. He was a loving husband to Jackie and a doting father to his children Kendall, Sheldon, Zachary, and Ryan. He also found family in his children's significant others, Brandon and Makenna. His family was the cornerstone of his life, and he showered them with unwavering love, laughter, support, and guidance.
Jeff's warm and compassionate nature extended to his mother, Jeannette, and his sisters, Susan and her husband PJ; Sharron and her husband Dave; and Karen and her fiancè Dan, along with their families. He cherished the strong bonds they shared and enduring support throughout life's journey.
A Celebration of Life in honor of Jeff will be held on Saturday, August 5, 2023, from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Granville Farms located at 954 N Prevatt Ave, Lake Helen, FL, 32744. This gathering will serve as a beautiful tribute to the man who touched so many lives with his kindness, care, and special sense of humor.
Though Jeff's physical presence may be gone, his spirit lives on in the hearts of all who knew him. His love, laughter, and legacy will be remembered and cherished for generations to come.
In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests that donations be made to Me Strong, a cause close to Jeff's heart.