Toby was born Walter Edward Platt in Melbourne, the fifth of six children born to Cecil Emerson Platt and Edith Hazel King Platt. He grew up in West Melbourne and died at his home in West Melbourne with family at his side.
He graduated from Melbourne High School where he was very active in sports. He received a scholarship for college in baseball but he chose to stay home and work the ranch with his father. He also had another love, homecoming queen, Carlyn “Pat” McPherson. He married his high school sweetheart and Toby and Pat were married December 23, 1956 in Melbourne
He loved the rodeo and was an accomplished bronc rider in the rodeo circuit. He and his brother Johnny put on a rodeo in Melbourne in late 1950’s. He continued to follow the rodeo until his death.
After he graduated from high school in addition to working the ranch with his father he was a Fire Fighter at Cape Kennedy Fire Department and retired from there (now known as Johnson Controls) after 36 years in 1992.
After he retired he became a full time cattleman. His passion was cattle and he loved the ranch life and instilled it into his children and grandchildren. When we worked cattle he was active up until last year. You messed up in the cowpens he let you know it right quick.
He was involved in several community activities. He was a GWMAA Coach , he coached flag football and girls softball teams. He was involved in the Jaycees, Trail Riders Club, High School Rodeo, Florida Cattleman’s Association.
He loved the outdoors and he was an avid hunter & fisherman. He and his wife would go fishing as much as possible until they were no longer able. He was also a very passionate Gator fan too. He and Pat were season football ticket holders for several years and many tailgate parties. They would continue to watch the Gators in all sports for the rest of their lives. “Go Gators”
He was a Christian and he loved Jesus. He was involved in the Bus Ministry at Bethany Baptist Church in the 70’s. He was a Deacon at June Park Baptist & more recently Heritage Baptist.
He loved his family and he showed his family how to love, be respectful, be a hard worker, and to live an honest life. Family always came first. He would remember when a handshake was as good as a man’s word and his word was golden!
He is preceded in death by his daughter Patricia Diane Platt, his parents Cecil & Edith Platt, his sisters & brothers. He is survived by his wife of 64 years Carlyn (Pat) Platt who joined him 6 days later, his daughters Rhonda Platt Hammer (Mike), Scarlet Platt, Tobie “Julie” Platt Harrison (Doug), his grandchildren Mike Hammer (Angelina), Casey Rebensky (Amanda), Brandon Rebensky (Jenna), Brittany Hammer and Josie Harrison, great grandchildren Colin Rebensky, Austin Taylor, Abigail Rebensky, Brandon Rebensky, Jace Hammer, Jacob Rebensky, Landon Rebensky, Marlin Rebensky, and Kason Caudill and many cousins, nieces & nephews.
Funeral Services for Toby & Pat will be held at 2:00 Saturday August 28, 2021 at Bethany Baptist Church 1100 Dorchester Ave, Melbourne 32904. Visitation from 1:00 to 2:00.
Interment to follow at Melbourne Cemetery. Celebration of Life to be held at Camp Holly.
Pallbearers Mikey Hammer, Casey Rebensky, Brandon Rebensky, Dan Platt, Cecil John Anastasio, Doug Harrison, Sleighton Meyer, and Mike Nida
Honorary Pallbearer Hank Wells
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Brevard County Cattleman’s Association.