February 21, 1932 - November 20, 2020
Fritz, Don L. (88) left for the big fishing pond in the sky on 11/20/2020. He began his teaching and coaching career in Missouri while serving as a Second Lieutenant in the National Guard. The family moved to Brandon in 1959 and Don was employed at Turkey Creek Junior/Senior High School as a Driver Education and Physical Education Teacher and Coach. Summers were spent teaching Driver Education at either Plant City, Brandon or East Bay High Schools. He retired from the Hillsborough School System in 1995 after more than forty years of service in education, the last twenty-seven as Secondary Supervisor of Driver Education. Survivors include Mary, wife of 69 years; daughters Sherrie (Dan) Sikes; Patti (Don) Gerdich; Carol (Mark) Gerdich; son Ron (Sheri); granddaughters Krista (Wes); Julie (Syed), Sarah; and great granddaughter Zie, brother-in-law Sam (Joan) Miller; cousins, nieces and nephew. Coach Fritz was loved by all his students and co-workers. A devoted husband, dad, grandfather and great-grandfather adored by all; he loved fishing, hunting, working in the yard and spending time with his family. An outstanding track and football athlete lettering in high school and college, he spent his entire life keeping in great shape. He enjoyed running in races and spent most days at the YMCA lifting weights and doing cardiovascular exercises up until March of this year. 2 Timothy 4:7 — I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. You are our hero — We love you! Services will be held on Saturday, December 5 at 11:00 a.m. at Hopewell Funeral Home and Memorial Gardens (6005 County Road, 39 South, Plant City, Florida 33567). Please know there is limited seating, however, the service will be livestreamed at facebook.com/hopewellfuneral. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to First Baptist Church Brandon (216 N. Parsons Avenue, Brandon, Florida 33510), for MAC (Ministry Activity Center). Expressions of condolence at HopewellFuneral.com.
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