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Tommy Joe "Tom" Fatzinger passed away Nov. 18, 2017, in Florence, Kentucky, at 79.
He was born Aug. 28, 1938, in Anderson, Indiana, to the late Charles and Margaret (Copeland) Fatzinger. He graduated from Anderson High School in 1956 and Anderson University in 1966. He received his master's degree in 1972 from Ball State University.
Tom served in the U.S. Army during the "Cuban Crisis" with a Hawk Missile Unit deployed to Key West, Florida, by President Kennedy.
Tom taught school in Anderson, Indiana, from 1966 until 1997 at Shadeland Elementary, Madison Heights and East Side Jr. High Schools, Highland High School, and GED at the Anderson Public Library. He also taught driver's education at a private facility.
Known as "Coach Fatz," Tom was a "coach's coach." He coached basketball at Wilson Boys Club from 1964-67. In 1968, he became swim coach at Madison Heights Jr. High and assistant varsity coach. He started the first swim team in 1976 at Highland High School. He remained as head coach at HHS until 1984, but returned in 1989 as diving coach. Tom also coached track and football at Madison Heights High School.
Coach Fatz was the head swim coach for 13 very successful seasons at Edgewood Country Club.
More recently, while living in Kentucky, Tom volunteered at the Lifeline Homeless Shelter.
During his teaching and coaching careers, he influenced many young people. He always tried to stress the importance of sharing with and caring for others and believing in yourself. He left a legacy of "giving 100%" in every effort. His frequent saying was "Save something for the end and finish strong." He did that himself fighting to the end of a very long illness.
Surviving Tom are his wife, Inez Borchers Fatzinger, Union, Kentucky; his son, David Fatzinger, Albuquerque, New Mexico; his daughter, Nicole Farrer and grandsons, Tyler and Shane Farrer, Walton, Kentucky. He is also survived by a brother, Donald (Kathy) Fatzinger; nephews, Chris (Michelle) Fatzinger and Mike (Stephanie) Fatzinger and a great-nephew and niece, Boston, Massachusetts; and several cousins.
Visitation will be from 1 to 3 p.m. at Stith Funeral Home, Florence, Kentucky, on Sunday, Nov. 26, 2017. Services will follow at 3 p.m.
On Monday, Nov. 27, 2017, there will be visitation from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Anderson Memorial Park Cemetery Chapel, 6805 MLK Blvd., Anderson, Indiana. This will be followed by services and burial at the cemetery.
The family wishes to thank those who helped during Tom's illness especially the "Bluegrass Hospices Service."
Donations may be made to the Cancer Society or The Anderson Trustee Youth Center, 2828 S. Madison Ave., Anderson, IN 46016, in memory of Tom Fatzinger.
Published on November 20, 2017
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