John “Johnny” Matthew Baskin, 80, died peacefully on February 11, 2020, after a six month battle with ALS.
He is survived by his long time companion, Renee Carey; his brother, Neal Baskin; his daughter, P.D. Menzel; his son, Mark Baskin; and three granddaughters.
An avid golfer and licensed pilot, John was born in Birmingham, AL. He spent most of his years in Plant City and the Tampa Bay area. After graduating from Plant City High School, he attended the University of Tennessee where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. With a continuing passion for education, he earned two more degrees later in his life: a Master of Education, and a Master of Business Administration.
Independent and hard-working, John served three years in the U.S. Army and seven years in the U.S. Army Reserve Special Forces as a Green Beret. He began his civilian career as a Train Master in Illinois. He then moved back to Plant City and opened Baskin & Associates, a bookkeeping, accounting and tax practice. After sixteen years working as an accountant, he moved on to teach accounting. John spent over 25 years teaching accounting with most of those years at Tampa College. As a devoted and empathic teacher, he encouraged his students to persevere and commit to earning their degree.
We will honor our loved one and friend, John Baskin on Sunday April 5, 2020. A Celebration of Life Ceremony and luncheon will be held from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm at the Westin Tampa Waterside located at 725 South Harbour Island Blvd., Tampa, FL 33602 (Waterside Room, 2nd floor).
In addition to military honors (including presentation of U.S. flag and playing of Taps), we will share stories (and photos), raise a glass with cheer, and remember a life lived to the fullest. An inspiring candle lighting, followed by a dance tribute will also be part of the ceremony celebrating John’s life. We hope you can join us to remember the happy times and fond memories of John. You can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or 813.728.5863 to RSVP. The Celebration of Life notification was posted on Facebook and with his obituary listed in the Tampa Bay Times and Plant City Newspapers.