George Tantau

George Tantau Jr. Exeter Farmer After ten years of marriage George and Rosina Tantau welcomed their only child, George Blake, Jr., into the world on February 15, 1939. It was a glorious occasion. On Sunday, April 14, 2013, George Blake Tantau, Jr. passed away at home in Exeter at the age of 74. George attended Exeter schools, graduating from Exeter Union High School in 1956. He attended COS then transferred to the University of California Davis graduating in 1962 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Agricultural Production. After graduation George pursued a career in agricultural chemical sales. He worked for Chevron Chemical Company and Mobay Agricultural Chemical Corporation; a subsidiary of the Bayer Corporation. In the late 1960's George purchased his first ranch on Road 192 in Exeter so named the "Home Ranch." George continued his career in agricultural chemical sales while expanding his interest in farming. In 1977 George became a partner in the Venida Packing Corporation. George lived his life his way. He was a tough but fair businessman, a task master to himself, his family and employees. He maintained high expectations in every area of life. Though farming was his passion he always claimed his greatest achievement was providing the opportunity for his children to attend college. His reward was seeing all four children graduate from college and become gainfully employed. His children were an endless source of pride, love and laughter. Travel became his favorite leisure activity. He traveled throughout the United States visiting most of the popular destinations and many hidden gems. He enjoyed the breath-taking beauty of Lake Tahoe and the magnificent red rocks of Sedona, Arizona. With Cathy as his enthusiastic traveling companion he cruised the rivers of Europe, stood at the base of the pyramids, saw the sun rise on the Treasury building in Petra, Jordan and marveled at the beauty of the European countryside. He met many people on his travels and kept in contact with a number of those friends over the past ten years. Every year at Christmas he sent his travel friends a box of oranges; which were always received with great appreciation. He believed that travel had enriched his life more than any other activity and was the best education a person could experience. In a life blessed with a wonderful family, many achievements, assets and experiences if you asked him what his one greatest regret was he would say, without hesitation, "Smoking." George is survived by his wife of 37 years, Cathy Rehfeld Tantau and his four children. His sons: Blake and wife Susan of Bristow, Virginia. Chris of Exeter, California, and Matt of Flagstaff, Arizona. His daughter Julie Anna and husband Michael Schoppa of Bern, Switzerland. Four grandchildren: Conor, Olivia, Jake and William Tantau. Service will be private. George would like to be remembered dancing with his daughter at her wedding reception on March 16, 2013. In lieu of flowers donations may be made in memory of George Tantau to: Kaweah Delta Hospice 900 West Oak Avenue Visalia, CA. 93291 or Exeter Festival of the Arts (the Mural Project) c/o The Exeter Chamber of Commerce 101 West Pine, Exeter, CA 93221. Arrangements by Smith Family Chapel, Exeter. Condolences: www.smithfamilychapel.com


Published in Visalia Times-Delta and Tulare Adv-Register on Apr. 17, 2013