Jeffrey Hans Valaska

Aged: 67

Jeffrey Hans Valaska 67 years of age passed away Saturday, March 20,2021 in Saint Petersburg, Florida.

Jeff was born in Detroit, Michigan on June 26,1953 to the late Victor and Jeanne Valaska.

In 1960 Jeff moved to Ohio and graduated from Upper Arlington High school in 1971. After years of working on the family farm, he started a career in the tanning industry in 1984. This eventually brought him to Melbourne, Florida in 1989,where he raised two loving daughters. He moved to Georgia in 1998 to continue his career in the tanning industry and eventually became part of the Heartland Tanning family. He was proud to be known as the Parts Guru of the indoor tanning business.

Jeff married his second wife Laurie Pipkin in 1999 who he loved dearly. Jeff was a member of the Southside Cruisers of Georgia corvette club and loved to show off his 1978 Pace Car. He had a love for grilling on his green egg, spending time with a nice cold beer in his backyard pool, and making sure that his lawn was well manicured. He could always be found with his cat Oscar in his lap. Jeff was a friend to everyone he met and would go out of his way to help any of his friends or family. He loved traveling to St. Pete, Florida with his wife Laurie which he frequently referred to as Paradise.

Jeff is survived by his loving wife Laurie; his daughters, Melissa (Matt) Lambert, Jennifer (Julian) Hernandez; stepchildren, Kelly (Daniel) Summers, Scott Pipkin; grandchildren, Abigail Lambert, Isaiah Hernandez, Nicholas Hernandez, Hailey Lambert, Andrew Lambert, Luke Lambert, Harper Summers, Cameron Summers; sibling, Joanne (Jack) Spratt.

Memorial Services will be held at a later date. The family will notify loved ones in the future when a service is scheduled.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Tampa Bay Watch non profit organization.


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  • Our thoughts and prayers to all Jeff’s family, friends and coworkers. Jeff certainly loved his family and always conveyed how proud he was of all his grandchildren, daughters and his wife Laurie.

  • Prayers for everyone. Jeff and I had a lot of good times together. He will be sadly missed by all. Rest in peace my friend. May God continue to Bless your family.

  • Lynne and Greg Taylor says:

    Our prayers are with Laurie and rest of his family. We are so saddened by his sudden passing. We loved Jeff and enjoyed our times spent with him. He was a fun loving guy and we will miss his wonderful hospitality sharing his delicious meals on his much loved green egg. He really knew how to cook up some good food on his egg. He and Laurie made a great team together and sure knew how to enjoy life! We didn’t get to spend enough time with them because it seemed they were always at their special place in Fla. He was super proud of his family and loved his own Mama and Daddy. I remember him showing off some medals that his Dad had received that were framed. He was so proud. We were so glad to have you as a friend Jeff and we are going to miss you so much.

  • Johnny Stroud says:

    Over the years I have come to rely on Jeff as friend and colleague he will be missed

  • Vance and Laurie Janes says:

    Laurie and I are sending prayers for Laurie and the rest of the family. Jeff was one of the finest people my wife and I have ever known. We could always count on him to be upbeat and genuinely happy to share our company. You could also always count on him to bring a smile to your face and provide conversations that were compelling and thought provoking. Laurie and I are completely saddened by this news and will truly miss him. So many memories … so many good times. We were so blessed to be able to share part of our life journey with you Jeff. You will be sorely, and deeply missed.

  • Praying for Laurie and family during this time of great sorrow. I am blessed to have been able to call Jeff my friend. He always had a smile. God bless and comfort Jeff’s family.

  • Jeff was such a good friend to me. We always enjoyed talking about our green eggs. He was so kind to gift me one of his older green egg table stations when he had a new custom one built. Over the years we became close thru work. I am so shocked and truly heartbroken over this news. Laurie and the kids are in my prayers.

  • He sounded like such a cool guy!!! I wish I had known him better. Y’all are constantly in my thoughts. We love you!

  • I’m so sorry to hear this news. Jeff and I both started out with SCA in the 80’s. What a terrific friend over the years. I pray for all his family and his friend to find comfort. My condolences to Laurie and the family.

  • Bobby and Andrea Hamilton says:

    We are beyond saddened to learn of the loss of such a great friend and fellow corvette enthusiast! Words can’t explain how sorry we are for Laurie and the family! You will be sorely missed dear friend! Praying hard for the family during this difficult time. Bobby and Andrea

  • Great member of the tanning industry community, loved by all, we will all miss him.

    Bill Pipp

  • Tracy & Charlie says:

    We became good friends with Jeff & Laurie through our love of Corvettes. We always enjoyed Jeff’s Salsa& other great good he cooked on the green egg. We also had many laughs and fun times at car shows and road trips. Jeff you will be so missed by so many. ❤️

  • Gavin and Pam Brown says:

    Our prayers and condolences to the family. I have known Jeff since 84 we both were in the tanning business from the Stickley Cruise days! He was a great guy. And will be missed!

  • Lorie Dabney says:

    Where do I begin…..Such a sad time. 😥 We had worked together since 1998. I thank you for all of the times you helped me with any question I had about a tanning bed for a customer. You were always there to help at any given time. Plus, I learned so much from you by just hearing you on the phone with customers, when we had our office in Georgia. You were a walking encyclopedia for the tanning industry on parts. I remember throughout the day, you would be putting timers and pistons together in your office. My heart, thoughts and prayers goe out to
    Laurie, your children, grandchildren, friends and our Heartland family. May you rest in peace my dear friend and coworker. I love and miss you very much. ❤🤗🙏🕊

  • Lorie Dabney says:

    Where do I begin…….Such a sad time. 😢
    We had worked together since 1998.
    I thank you for all of the times you helped me with any questions I had when it came to a tanning bed for a customer. You were always there to help at any given time. Plus, I learned so much from you, by just listening to you on the phone with customers, when we had the office in Georgia. You were a walking encyclopedia for the tanning industry on all parts. I remember so many times throughout the day, you would be in your office putting timers and pistons together.
    My heart goes out to Laurie, your children, grandchildren, friends and our Heartland family. May you rest in peace my dear friend and coworker. We love and miss you very much.

  • So sorry and surprised to hear about Jeff passing. Prayers go out to the family as he will be missed and left at such a young age.

  • Luz Trolinger says:

    It was a blessing to get the opportunity to know Jeff through work. He is missed already! Prayers for the family and friends as I know the days, months and years ahead will be hard.

  • Mike Bost. says:

    Jeff you will be truly missed. I always looked forward to seeing you at our Heartland Expos and amazed at all the salon owners you helped over the years. I can remember all the pictures of you incredible meats you smoked on the Green Egg, I got to see the before and after pics. I will miss hearing about your Corvette and what you had done to it lately. I will have plenty of cold beers in you memory and prayers for you family to help heal them in time.

  • Sophia Banton-Thomas says:

    I am lost for words😥. I can’t believe Jeff is gone! He is my neighbor and a friend.He was a person I could call on for advised or anything I need clarity on, or fixed. I am numb right now! We would talked about my kids; or just about anything. He would let me know , when he would be taking his trips to Florida. But this time he didn’t 😢 and know to find out he’s gone. My sincere condolences goes out to Laurie and the entire family. I will continue to pray for strength during your time of grief . My God comfort you all, and wrapped his wings around the family 🙏🏿

  • Eric Pendleton says:

    Jeff was always the life of the party. I worked with him at Sun America Urbana ,OH, SCA Palm Bay, FL, Tan Systems Locust Grove, GA. Jeff really knew his way around all tanning beds and it was a pleasure to be associated with him since 1986. He was my “partner in crime” so to speak. Hospitality was his greatest asset. You are and will ALWAYS be missed JV !

  • I’m so sorry to hear of Jeff’s passing. He had helped me countless times in the Tanning business thru the years and I always enjoyed talking to him. He was a good man.

  • Jan Ramaekers says:

    Mijn oprechte condoleances voor Laurie kinderen en familie.
    Ik heb Jeff leren kennen toe hij voor Tan Systems werkzaam was.
    Ik werkte voor Beauty Sun in België.
    Het was heel prettig met Jeff samen te werken.
    Laurie heel veel sterkte gewenst in deze moeilijke tijd
    Met vriendelijke groeten,
    Jan Ramaekers.