Jeff W. Pitts, a retired salesman and Korean War veteran who was the founder of the Baltimore Westsiders marching band, died Jan. 6 of complications from dementia at his Northwest Baltimore home.
He was 86.
The son of Henry Pitts and Mamie Pitts, Jeff Willard Pitts was born and raised in Halifax, N.C., where he graduated from high school.
He joined the Army in 1951 and served in Korea. His decorations included the Combat Infantryman Badge, Korean Service Medal with one Bronze Star, and the United Nations Service Medal. He was discharged in 1959.
In 1952, he married Dorothy Smith, and the couple later settled in Baltimore, where they raised their five...