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.


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


Frederick George Tannler

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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