Dennis Layland Obituary (1981 – 2021) – St. Petersburg, FL

Dennis Layland Dennis was born in Savannah, Georgia on March 16th, 1981 to parents Shirley and Larry Layland, of Camden/ Eaton, Ohio. When he was six months old his family moved to Saudi Arabia, where they lived for the next ten years. He loved exploring the Red Sea with his dad and playing soccer while overseas. When they returned to the states, they settled in Orlando where much of their family lived. He was a student at Boone High School and made many lifelong friendships there. In 1995, after a long illness, his father passed away. He later moved to St .Pete where he began working for Sea Tow. He was adored by co-workers and members alike. In 2003 he married his young love, Nicole, and later bought his house. Never far from Dennis’s corner has always been Jessi, his best friend of over twenty years and partner in crime. In 2010 Dennis & Cynthia brought a baby girl into the world, Abbey. Becoming a father was the highlight of his life. He loved teaching Abbey how to work around the house and how to cook. He was very proud of her courage and strength and the confident, unique young woman she is becoming. In 2019 he and his partner Mary committed themselves to each other. In recent years he enjoyed weekend getaways with Mary and spending time with their small army of fur kids. Fishing, kayaking, scuba diving; Anything on the water was Dennis’s idea of ​​a good day. In his down time he enjoyed watching movies, chatting with friends, and working on projects around the house. He could never pass up a “FREE” listing on Craigslist, whether he needed it or not! He was a big animal lover and had an array of critters over the years; Chickens, fish, a pig, a ferret, reptiles, ducks, and his beloved dog Oreo. He was quick to find the humor in a situation and to lighten the mood with his laugh or his generous smile. He was teeming with hospitality, and chances are good if you’ve been to Dennis’s house; he’s cooked you a meal. He was first to lend and a hand and the last to leave a get together. Dennis has long been a people person. He still spoke with his mom daily and kept in close touch with his relatives in Orlando: his Grandmother, Aunts, Uncles, cousins, and his brother in Tampa. He cherished his Ohio relatives. He had more friends than anybody could count, from one coast of Florida to the other. He considered his neighbors family. He was also well known on the web forum Reef Central. He never met a stranger and was very welcoming to all, to know him was to love him.

Published by Legacy Remembers on Feb. 1, 2022.

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