Frederick George Tannler

December 15, 1939March 25, 2020


FRED TANNLER, Owner of Florida Irrigation Supply in Orlando, Dies at 80.

Fred WAS BORN near SCRANTON, PENNSYLVANIA on December 15, 1939. He graduated from Edgewater High School and attended Orlando Junior College; and, served in the Army Reserves from 1958-1959.

Fred WAS this Giant of A MAN in all things! His life was full of his many different adventures and achievements. His greatest achievement was starting his successful Company, Florida Irrigation Supply in 1974. He is one of Orlando’s Forefathers of Development integral in the Irrigation Design and Development of Disneyworld, Orlando International Airport, Marriot Orlando World Center, Orange County Convention and Civic Center, Sea World of Florida, and the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Center and Florida Mall. He was also involved in a lot of well-known golf courses, including: The Grand Cypress Resort, The Country Club of Orlando, and Alaqua Country Club, as well as many residential developments and industrial parks! His accomplishments also included recognition at the Agricultural Expo in Israel for his contributions to drip irrigation.

F.I.S.’ Design and Consulting Business and Gator Pumping Modules Operations provided pumps capable of pumping millions of gallons of water and was a phenomenon ahead of its time in installing waste-water irrigation systems. The Great Love of Fred’s Life was the Game of Golf. He could be seen “seven out of seven days”, as he would say, at Heathrow or Alaqua Lakes golf course playing his rounds and then the perennial Gin Game with the Guys.

His Love of the Ocean and all things pertaining to Boating gave him and his family many years of Fun experiences on the Open Waters of Florida.

Then the Highway became his Home... he had several beautiful Prevost Entertainer buses that took him and Dona all over this beautiful country. Their travels took them to places like our national parks, Canada, Washington, and so many other memorable spots. Driving that Bus brought some of the Happiest moments of his life.

Fred Tannler passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving wife and family on Tuesday, March 25, 2020.

He is survived by his wife, Dona House Tannler, son, Jon Tannler, and daughter, Lisa Gibson of Longwood and Sanford. He is also survived by grandchildren: Abbie Tannler, Mackenzie Tannler and Scotty Gibson of Longwood and Sanford; his Stepchildren, Heather Miars and Joseph House of Atlanta; and, Step-Grands: Lucy, Sadie and Jack Schoenrock and Holly Abeyta of Atlanta.

In lieu of flowers, Fred's Family invites you to make a donation in his name to:

The Christian Sharing Center in Longwood -- or, Second Harvest Food Pantry in Orlando --


  • A Celebration of Life will take place in the days to come.


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Kenneth Hudson

July 28, 2020

On July 28, 2020, I just found out about Fred's passing. I had tried to contact him a couple of years ago but his phone number had changed. I tired to reach him through his business here in Sanford, but could not, and his Son Jon didn't return my call. I sent him a letter to his home address but did not get a response. I am so sorry to hear he is gone. We go back to the 60s, when I met him at Florida Pump and Equipment. We became good friends and golf buddies until around 1980, when my life changed completely because of my son's brain injury. Fred and I didn't see each other for many years, but I often thought about him. I lived off Markham Woods Road down the road from his development, and we waved at each other a few times and said hi at the local fuel station, but we never were able to get together for some reason. He was always a very warm person, and generously gave a $5,000 donation to a non-profit school for disabled children I was chairman of one year. I really wish I had tried harder to have a few lunches or dinners with him, but I was starting and running new businesses almost all the time. Time is always too short, and so is life. I can imagine how much Fred is missed. He was a great guy in every way. Warm wishes to his family. Ken Hudson

Coert Voorhees

July 22, 2020

I just learned of Fred’s passing yesterday. Although I did not know him as well as many others, my brief business transactions with him many years ago left a very positive impression and every time I saw one of his many trucks around I thought fondly of my interaction with Fred. I know he will be missed.

Clark Bateman

April 14, 2020

Condolences to the entire Tannler clan. Fred was one of a kind, and there are few in our business for any length of time that did not know him. Dynamic, confident, energetic and forthright, Fred was always ready to blaze new trails, even in times where others would hesitate. Many good memories for me, which will live on. Rest in peace...

Brent Burke

March 30, 2020

My sincere condolences go to everyone in the Tannler family Jon, Lisa,Dona all his grandchildren for a loss that goes way beyond words , His life was the American dream , he inspired others , showed selfless loyalty and did it all with dignity that I could only hope to have. His encouragement , faith & trust help shape me in the 22 years I had the privilege to work for him and in the years after that. He will not be forgotten and always respected by those of us who knew him .

John Hemphill

March 30, 2020

Sorry for the lose of you Dad.
He was a great person to work with 34 years ago.
I enjoyed the 8 years that I worked by his side at the corporate and the main branch of FIS. Also working in growing the company from 4 locations to 13 and always getting a new used car every year from him/you. The 2 of you had great taste in cars. (LOL)
I loved working for both of you and all the other family members at FIS .
We all will miss him!
John Hemphill


March 30, 2020

My wife Lisa and I will really miss Fred. A man that was large in stature and larger in heart. Fred always offered me great counsel in life, there was No one better to knock the edge off reality than Fred with his quick witted comical lines laced with massive wisdom. Loved Fred's adventure in life with Boats, RV's with Dona and the Brewers and even Fred's three wheeled Motorcycle as he would he haul my kids at high speeds on Bridgewater Dr.. Fred was Deep to and really loved the Bible Studies with his fellow Markham Wood's Golfers and Card Players. I truly Know that he was in love with Dona very much and will forever miss Fred as he teased Dona and Lisa at various parties, outings, restaurants and gatherings. No replacement for Big Fred...A great great part of my life was in knowing Fred. See you on the other side Big Fred.

Bob Stephenson

March 29, 2020

So sorry to hear about Fred’s Passing. Meet Fred 1976 / 77. When they were staring FIS in Fort Myers. Prayers to Family and loved ones.

Mj Roberts

March 29, 2020

Thank you Fred for the opportunities you provided to me. You were a kind and fair man and I am fortunate to have been able to work for you directly My sincere condolences to Dona, your children Jon and Lisa, and all the rest of your family. I am fortunate to have had you in my life Rest In Peace

Deb Abbott (Cappabianco)

March 29, 2020

I have some of my fondest childhood memories of sun and fun vacations, with our families. I don't recall ever seeing Fred ever lose his temper and was always kind tooi all. I hope he and my dad (Sonny) are having a drink and a great laugh over this crazy life. Love you Lisa. Smack Jonny for me. Tell him hello from me and my family. One more memory.... Leaving for the keys Earlier than my parents and getting to hang out in the Tannler's boat And Fred singing as loud as he could Meatloaf's paradise by the dashboard light. I dedicate that to Fred every time I sing it!!! Much love

Scotty Gibson

March 29, 2020


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