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John Joseph Caputo
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Birth: Apr. 3, 1924
Salt Lake City
Salt Lake County
Utah, USA
Death: Mar. 30, 2010
Millcreek
Salt Lake County
Utah, USA

John J. Caputo died March 30, 2010 after a courageous battle with cancer. He resided at 4450 South Ashford Drive (1520 East) in Millcreek Township, Utah at the time of his death.


He was born in Salt Lake City on April 3, 1924 to Cristina Brunino and Rosario Caputo.


John graduated from West High School and Utah State University, where his athletic prowess is legendary. He is still remembered for stealing the football at the 1948 Aggie/Wyoming game which was touted to be the "play that won the game."


He served in the U.S. Army 754th Field Artillery Battalion during World War II and received the Purple Heart in Germany on December 6, 1944. During the war, he also played in the European Theater Service Forces "All Star" football league. The purpose of the football league was to "bring a little bit of home to the troops."


John taught in public schools for thirty-five years in Utah and California, serving as classroom teacher, coach, and vice principal.


He received the Utah National Guard Minute Man Award for "Outstanding Service" and was inducted into the Salt Lake Valley American Legion Hall of Fame in 1993. For 18 years, he meticulously groomed the Ken Price Field into one of the most beautiful youth ballparks in the Country. He valued education and encouraged many youth to pursue educational and athletic opportunities.


John was a devoted son, father, grandfather, brother, coach, and friend. He loved to share his knowledge and athletic skills with his children and grandchildren and relished the opportunity to take his family out to eat. He always made sure his grandchildren had a dollar in their pocket.


John married Barbara Irene Fry on August 31, 1950 (she died) and then Colleen Cluff Stephens on January 28, 1961 (divorced). He is a member of the Catholic Church, Saint Vincent De Paul Parish.


He is survived by three children, Rosario (Wendy) Caputo, Stephanie (Mike) Olsen, and Steven (Ann) Caputo; eleven grandchildren, Marjorie (Chris) Wheeler, Cassandra (Kelly) Jacobs, Cristina, Eric, Michael and Marissa Caputo; Zack (Bailey) Olsen, Linzee, Jace and Kaden Olsen; Isabella Caputo, and three great-grandchildren. He is also survived by six brothers and sisters, Frank, Rose, Lee, Hazel Caputo, Eileen (Willard) Tubbs, Margaret Seeronen and many nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by parents, wife Barbara and son John Jr., brothers A. James, Roy, Nick, and sister Maree Jefferies.


A Funeral Mass will be celebrated in Saint Vincent De Paul Catholic Church, 1375 East Spring Lane (just north of 4800 South), Holladay, on Tuesday, April 6, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. A viewing will be held at St. Vincent de Paul on Monday, April 5, 2010 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., with a Vigil Service to follow.
Committal: Mount Calvary Catholic Cemetery.
Published in the Deseret News from April 3 to April 4, 2010. 
 
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 Spouse:
  Barbara Irene Fry Caputo (1931 - 1960)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Mount Calvary Cemetery
Salt Lake City
Salt Lake County
Utah, USA
 
Created by: Ryan Curtis
Record added: Apr 03, 2010
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John Joseph Caputo
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