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LaWayne A. Wyatt

January 14, 1941 - August 7, 2017

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Wyatt, LaWayne A., 76, of Riverview, FL, lost his battle with cancer on Monday, August 7, 2017 at the James A. Haley Veterans Hospital in Tampa, FL while surrounded by his family. He was preceded in death by his parents Robert Allen Wyatt of Martinsville, IN (2011) and Mabel Irene Hudelson Wyatt Bell Bohmeier of Indianapolis, IN (2016). He is survived by his wife, Georgann Coldren Wyatt, and two daughters, Cynthia June Wyatt and Denise Ann Wyatt (both of Indianapolis, IN), a sister, Gloria Jean (Raymond) Rippy of Indianapolis, a half-sister, Sandra Ellen Wyatt of...

Wyatt, LaWayne A., 76, of Riverview, FL, lost his battle with cancer on Monday, August 7, 2017 at the James A. Haley Veterans Hospital in Tampa, FL while surrounded by his family. He was preceded in death by his parents Robert Allen Wyatt of Martinsville, IN (2011) and Mabel Irene Hudelson Wyatt Bell Bohmeier of Indianapolis, IN (2016). He is survived by his wife, Georgann Coldren Wyatt, and two daughters, Cynthia June Wyatt and Denise Ann Wyatt (both of Indianapolis, IN), a sister, Gloria Jean (Raymond) Rippy of Indianapolis, a half-sister, Sandra Ellen Wyatt of Indianapolis, IN and 2 nieces.

LaWayne was born January 14, 1941 in Kokomo, IN and graduated from North Central High School in Indianapolis, IN. He attended Purdue University graduating with a BS in Electrical Engineering in 1964. While at Purdue, he was a part of the Air Force ROTC program as well as the Purdue Drill Team, a military competition drill team which received the national title 6 times and had the honor of meeting President John F. Kennedy in the Rose Garden at the White House.

Upon graduation, he was commissioned in the regular US Army as a 2nd Lieutenant. LaWayne's military career spanned 25 years serving as a Chemical Officer, Systems Automation Officer, Parachutist, Nuclear Chemical Target Analyst, and an Infantry Officer. His tours of duty included stations in the US, Vietnam and Germany. He received numerous badges, commendations, and medals for his service. His last tour of duty was with SOCOM at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, FL, where he retired August 1989.

In 1990, he began his second career with the Florida Department of Education Adult Migrant Program & Services Division of Career and Adult Education as a Program Specialist. He served the state for 20 years.

Upon arriving in Florida, LaWayne was quick to get involved in the community serving as the Bloomingdale Mobile Watch Coordinator for 10 years working with Mobile Watch volunteers, the Community Substation and County Sheriff's Department Deputies to prevent and deter crime in the Bloomingdale neighborhood. His no-nonsense approach to heading off crime served the neighborhood well.

In 1986, LaWayne joined the Brandon Round Table (BRT). The BRT was responsible for organizing an Independence Day and Christmas Parade each year and in 1991, LaWayne became the Parade Marshall. During his tenure, he organized 40+ parades and was honored as Out-going Parade Marshall in this years' Independence Day Parade.

In 1994, LaWayne and Georgann welcomed into their home their first Samoyed, Frosty, and thus started a long relationship with the Samoyed breed welcoming 13 Sammies as part of their family over the years. He was a member of the Samoyed Fanciers of Central Florida since 1994 serving as President, Education Chairman, Sled Team Organizer, Show Chairman and State Fair Booth Chairman; Tampa Bay Kennel Club serving as Recording Secretary and Show Set-up and Tear down Committee; a founding member of the Brandon Florida Kennel Club serving as Recording Secretary, and Show Chairman; and the Samoyed Club of America serving on the Website Committee. A member of the SCA stated, "LaWayne was a problem solver..if you asked him why he recommended something, be prepared for a long briefing because he could justify it. He understood the past and was very able to look to the future to avoid similar problems".

"LaWayne was a kind, true gentleman who gave tirelessly." "LaWayne was a one in a million friend, always giving his all to whatever he took on. His devotion to his family, his dogs, and the clubs, both canine and civic, was limitless. Even as he spent his final days in hospice, he continued to work."

A Celebration of Life service will be held on Monday, August 14, 2017 at 11:00am at Stowers Funeral Home, 401 W. Brandon Blvd, Brandon, FL 33511 followed by a military honors grave site service at Florida National Cemetery, 6502 SW 102nd Avenue, Bushnell, FL 33513 at 2:00pm. Viewing hours are on Sunday, August 13, 2017 from 4:00-6:00p at Stowers Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Wounded Warrior Project (www.woundedwarriorproject.org) ; Take the Lead (www.takethelead.org); SCARF - http://www.samoyedhealthfoundation.org/ ; AKC Health Foundation - http://www.akcchf.org/ or SamUrgency - http://www.samurgency.com/.