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Derek VanTassell

d. February 23, 2018

Derek Leonard VanTassell, 46, went home to the Lord suddenly on Feb 23rd 2018. Derek was born on Sept 3, 1971 in Hartford CT and later moved to Agawam MA. He was a graduated from Agawam High School in 1989 and moved to Beverly Hills, FL with his family.  He enlisted and proudly served our country in the United States Coast Guard during the Gulf conflict and served at Guantanamo Bay.  He returned home to Beverly Hills and worked in the family business and his own businesses for many years. He was a past member of Citrus Sertoma, founded the Hospice Horse Show with his family, and most recently volunteered for 50 Legs, Tampa Fl. He was an avid sportsman loving hunting, fishing, mud bogging, ATV racing and skiing.  Two years ago Derek moved to Treasure Island, FL with his parents and became a beloved friend to everyone he met in his new home.

Derek is survived by his parents, Marje and Lenny VanTassell of Treasure Island, FL; brother Tyler VanTassell of Zephrhills, FL; son Austin of Maryville TN; aunt Gale Perkins of Tarpon Springs, FL; uncle David VanTassell of Vernon, CT; as well as many cousin, friends and his best friend, Gordie, his beloved and faithful service dog.

Derek will be laid to rest at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell at a later date.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to or American Diabetes Association. Heinz Funeral Home & Cremation, Inverness, FL.

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