Palm Harbor Life Celebration Centre

2550 Highlands Boulevard North, Palm Harbor, FL


Jeffrey D. DaMotta

April 4, 1966January 24, 2020

Jeffrey David DaMotta passed away peacefully at his home in Tarpon Springs, FL on January 24, 2020. He was born in Hartford, CT to Joseph R. DaMotta and Jeannette Dube DaMotta on April 4, 1966. Besides his parents, Jeff leaves behind his brothers Joseph E., James M. and his wife Tina Gagnon, and Jeremy M. and his wife Jorie Butler. He also leaves behind nieces and nephews: Anthony and Karen DaMotta; William, Storm, Chance, and Carrolline Butler; and Margaret and John DaMotta. Jeff was predeceased by his brother John.

As a kid Jeff loved to play and watch baseball, and he loved to fish in the Farmington River behind the house where he grew up. He was an enthusiastic reader and a talented cook. A good steak from Jeff’s grill was something to savor. But mostly he liked being with people and having fun.

Jeff announced that he wanted to join the USCG when he was 10 years old and never wavered from that decision. He enlisted soon after graduation from the University of Hartford in 1988. He was a dedicated Rescue Swimmer and spent 23 happy years serving his country with his fellow Coasties before retiring in 2012. After retirement, he resumed his education at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg, earning a second Bachelor’s degree in 2015, this time in Accounting, and finally a Master’s Degree in Accountancy in 2017. The following year he passed the Florida CPA exam.

Jeff was serious about setting and pursuing goals, and yet he managed to see humor in everyday situations. He kept his family and friends laughing. He will be sorely missed.

Friends and family may call on Monday, February 10 at the Palm Harbor Life Celebration Center, 2550 Highlands Blvd., Palm Harbor, FL from 11:30-1:30. The service will be followed by a Memorial Service 3pm at Bay Pines National Cemetery, 10000 Bay Pines Boulevard, St. Petersburg, FL.

Jeff was dedicated to his Coast Guard family. For those who would like to make donations in his name, Jeff would be pleased to sponsor support of his beloved Coast Guard mates through the Coast Guard Foundation or other Coast Guard charity.


  • Visitation Monday, February 10, 2020
  • Memorial Service Monday, February 10, 2020


Jeffrey D. DaMotta

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Michael Lacassin

February 14, 2020

Served with Jeff at A/S New Orleans and for Hurricane Katrina. Also, completed an HSK delivery to NAS Jacksonville with him. Jeff was one of those great Coast Guard members I truly enjoyed serving with. Semper Paratus.
RIP shipmate.

Ryan Curry

February 7, 2020

I had the opportunity to serve my first 3 years of aviation with Jeff and he certainly always had the biggest smile in the room. He was a friend and a mentor to me. He was also the rescue swimmer on my very 1st SAR case. Lastly, and maybe the most important thing he taught me was how to do a direct deployment of the swimmer to chem lights (which didn't require the swimmer to get wet) 😃 He loved his work and his friends. I always looked forward to seeing him at events, the last time being Steve Payne's retirement. Allota-Damotta, you will be missed. God bless.

Brian Dube

February 4, 2020

I remember one of the many family reunions at Aunt Jeanette's in East Granby back in the late 80's. I was young, maybe 12ish. Jeff seemed so mature to me as he was off for the Coast Guard. I enjoyed his company as he was always happy, funny, and willing to talk with his young cousins. I thought it was insane what he did with the Coast Guard, but also really awesome that he traveled to so many great places. Thoughts and prayers to Aunt Jeanette, Joe Sr., Joe Jr., Jim, Jerry, & families. RIP Jeff.

Harold Hoffmaster

February 4, 2020

I remember seeing Jeff looking tired and worn when I flew into New Orleans to help out with his shop. He was instructed to get out of there and get some rest as he was awake and flying for many hours. He fought this as he wanted to ensure his guys were taken care of.
Another memory was him buying me a beer at the AST Conference in Elizabeth City as we sat and caught up.
Great, funny, smart dude that will be certainly missed.

Kirk Machovec

February 4, 2020

It was an honor to serve with Jeff in Kodiak and he upheld the finest traditions of the U. S. Coast Guard. May you find comfort in knowing that Jeff maintained the highest traditions of the U.S. Coast Guard-Honor, Respect, and Devotion to Duty. May he rest in peace.

Anthony Black

February 4, 2020

R.I.P My U.S. Coast Guard Shipmate. It was a pleasure serving with you in Coast Guard Aviation. My condolences to your family.