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Marvin Tanner

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Marvin Tanner, 94, passed away after a long illness. Immediately surviving are his daughter, Alyson Tanner Podell, her husband, Ronald Podell MD, two grandchildren, Josh and Alex Podell, and a great-grandson, Zachary Podell. Mr. Tanner has a retired brother Allan Karger, who resides in the NY area, along with his wife, Arlene. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews who reside on the East Coast. Tanner's wife of 66 years, Ann Jacobson Tanner, passed away in Santa Monica in 2009. Marvin was born in Brooklyn, NY, the son of Tom and Etta Levine Tannenbaum. His parents divorced early in his life and he was given a second chance of a loving family life when his mother married Morris Karger. His life was enriched by the entire Karger family, including three stepsiblings and his half-brother, Allan. Tanner's roots in the NY area ran deep. He graduated from James Madison High School and he earned his Bachelor's Degree in Accounting from CCNY. With the onset of World War II, Tanner volunteered for the Air Force, and after 22 successful missions his plane was shot down. Though his crew survived, he was captured and sent to a German prison camp where he endured 9 months of torture and near death experiences. After being liberated, he returned home to his devoted wife, Ann, and they began to live a civilian life. They had 2 children, Neil (deceased1992) and Alyson. The family eventually settled in Southern FL where Tanner opened the L&L Men's shop in Miami. They resided in Coral Gables. Tanner began a very successful mortgage business in the '70s and relocated to Pompano Beach, FL. He took up stained glass as a hobby and eventually produced many coveted pieces. Marvin was a rare person who valued each day he had on earth. his will to live and enjoy the moment became inspirational to all who knew him. He never lost his will to survive. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, August 15, at 1pm at the Brookdale Santa Monica Gardens, 851 2nd St. in SM, CA. In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial donations be made to: The American Heart Ass., The American Cancer Ass., The Humane Society, or the Clinton Foundation. Condolences may be left on Marvin Tanner's online guest book at latimes.com/obituaries.
Published in the Los Angeles Times on Aug. 12, 2015
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