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Obituary: Jerry Allen Huntsman, Plant City, Fla.

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Jerry Allen Huntsman, 61, born June 17, 1952, in Edinburgh, Indiana, died on December 31, 2013, in Tampa, Florida. He was surrounded by his loving family and friends. He was preceded in death by his father, Lewis H. Huntsman. He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Deborah, his mother Roseell, and his daughter, Mary Elizabeth.

Jerry graduated from Edinburgh High School in 1970 and moved to Florida to attend the University of South Florida. There he met his wife, Deborah. While in college Jerry began working as a surveyor. In 1993 Jerry was registered as a Professional Land Surveyor and continued to do the work he loved until his death.

Jerry worked for the past 16 years as a surveying and mapping consultant for FDOT District Seven and participated on every major Right of Way mapping project in Pinellas, Hillsborough, Pasco and Hernando Counties during that time. He was a member of an elite class of surveyors and worked with many of the finest surveying firms in the Tampa Bay Area over the years including, Heidt & Associates, Greenhorne & O'Mara, Inc., Weidener Surveying and Mapping, Bayside Engineering, Inc., and Collins Survey Consulting LLC. Jerry was a member of Florida Surveying and Mapping Society and the American Society of Highway Engineers.

Aside from work, Jerry loved to pass the time talking and joking with friends and family, fishing, canoeing, hiking and traveling. During his life he was fortunate enough to travel throughout the United States of America, Canada, England and France.

The funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 11, 2014, at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 302 N. Carey St., Plant City, Florida 33563.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers donations be made to the Building Fund of St. Peter's Episcopal Church of Plant City. Friends may also donate blood. Jerry was a lifelong blood donor and was unable to reach his 10-gallon Donor status preceding his death. There will be a Blood Drive in his memory on February 4, 2014, at FDOT located at11201 N. Malcolm McKinley Drive, Tampa FL, 33612. For potential donors interested in donating blood, please go online to or contact Lory Jones of One Blood via email at to donate in his memory.

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