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Jeffrey S. Spina

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.

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I send my condolences to the entire Spina family, many of whom I taught, coached, or had some contact with in the sports world. What a lost to the family and DeLand. He will be missed by all.

Tony Tussing


John Spina
John Spina
Aug 06, 2023

2 Cor 5:8

While not present with you today, I send my condolences. I'll miss Jeff calling out to me 'Hey! Tony Baloney!' I will always have fond memories of the year we shared back in1974 riding on your dad's riding mower and swimming in the pool after mowing all that grass at the house on Hwy 44! The Spina family has a hole in it's heart which will take a long time to heal my cousin.


Ann Halpin
Ann Halpin
Jul 29, 2023

Our hearts break hearing of this tremendous loss. We met Jeff through the same mutual love of baseball. Our son's played ball together for many years and have remained friends to this day. Jeff dedicated so much of his time being involved in youth baseball. He was respected, admired & the players absolutely loved him! It didn't matter if Jeff was coaching, in the stands cheering or prepping the fields, it was clear how much the game and the players meant to him. We are forever grateful for the coach, mentor & friend he was to so many. Our heartfelt condolences to all who loved him so dearly.


I am so thankful for the years spent with Jeff, he was always the loving cousin to me (the annoying little cousin following my older cousins around) and then forming a friendship and respect as adults. Jeff’s smile was always there the second you saw him, always laughs and great stories of the past. I will miss our Christmas gift exchange with him and the many laughs we shared. He was always the best drinking buddy at family weddings! Jeff I know you and Uncle Sammy are at peace together now. Love you always cuz!


•••••• It is not easy to express how we feel , the initial shock of the loss of Jeff Spina. I and my Susan , and Marlo, can say that we admired and going missed Jeff he was an exceptional person.

In good times and bad Jeff ,never lost his passion for faith, family and friends. He lived life to the fullest, with laughter and love.

Jeff’s energy and efforts for his family shower toward his parents, devotion to Jackie, family and friends.

No one will ever forget Jeff , Even if you only knew Jeff through his career at work, or as a (Golfer ,Base & Soft Ball Player) .A true Sportsman . People always felt , like t…

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