Jeffrey O. Baucom
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Jeffrey O. Baucom
  • November 20, 1956 - December 8, 2017
  • Tampa, Florida

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BAUCOM, Jeffrey "Jeff" O., 61, of Tampa, Florida, passed away peacefully, December 8, 2017. He leaves behind his wife, Joan Guentner-Baucom of Tampa, Fla.; daughters, Marybeth Fuentes and husband, Josh of Brandon, Fla., Penny Bahtijari and husband, Ross of Kansas City, Mo.; stepson, Tom Kyte and wife, Krista of Thonotosassa, FL.; grandsons, Korben and Keegan Fuentes, Armin Bahtijari, Thomas and Liam Kyte; granddaughter, Emily Kyte; brother, Steven Baucom and partner, Bill Dams, of New Bern, N.C.; and numerous cousins and friends across the country.

Jeff grew up in Kansas City, Missouri. After college, Jeff moved to Michigan for a job and later moved to Tampa/Brandon area, Florida, where he has made his home for the past 33 years. Jeff had an outstanding career in Information Technology at Tampa Electric Company, MicroStrategy, Bank of America, CCG and Hillsborough County Sheriff's office.

Jeff is a huge Kansas Jayhawks basketball fan! (Rock Chalk Jayhawk!) Jeff was a skilled woodturner and created many special pieces. Jeff and Joan loved the theater and were season ticket holders at the Straz Center for Performing Arts. Jeff and Joan loved to go skiing out West. Jeff's favorite holiday was Christmas and was known in the neighborhood for his creative, homemade and beautiful synchronized holiday light and music shows. Jeff also had a fascination with Legos and enjoyed building scenes and models from the many, many Lego kits that he owned.

Jeff was preceded in death by his mother, Marjorie (Heins) and father, Harry Watts, of Kansas City, Missouri; and his maternal grandparents, Laura and Otto Heins of Sweet Springs, Missouri.

If you would like to contribute to one of Jeff's favorite charities, his family suggests: American Cancer Society, ASPCA of Tampa Bay/your local SPCA, Habitat for Humanity or Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW). Flowers are also appreciated.