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George “Mike” Makris

Raton, Colfax County, New Mexico, USA
Death 19 Jul 1995 (aged 79)
West Jordan, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA
Burial Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA
Plot V_159_4
Memorial ID 151986 · View Source
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Son of Emanuel "Mike" George Makridakis and Sophia "Sophie" Papadomanolakis.

Married Anna Gialadakis in 1954

-published in the Deseret News, Tuesday, July 11, 1995


Beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend, George Mike Makris (Makridakis) died on July 10, 1995, in his West Jordan home.

He was born on November 2, 1915, in Raton, New Mexico, to newly immigrated Sophia Pappadomanolakis (Sternes, Crete) and Emanuel Makridakis Makris.Survived by: Wife, Anna Gialadakis Makris, eldest son, Mike Goerge Makris (Audrey), and luminescent grandchildren, George, Nicole, and Michael, Colorado Springs, Colorado; Ted Makris (Pam), and Staci Makris; his eight siblings included: Vee Kampos, West Jordan; Jenny Kosmas, Price; Annie Gaviotakis, Price/Bennion; Ted Makris, Salt Lake City; Elizabeth Venturelli, Arizona; Peggy (Athena) Makris, Salt Lake City; and Katherine Christy, Arizona. Preceded in death by his parents and dear sister, Helen Paulos (Tooele).

After several surgeries and illness, his father passed on in 1946, leaving him as the eldest son to assure responsibility of raising his eight siblings during a harsh economical climate. Without complaint, he relinquished the privilege of an education at the age of 11, and rose to the occasion of acting father. After working for relatives he was the Proprietor of the Moon Light and Lucky Penny in the West Jordan area. The Lord later blessed and parlayed his investments.

In 1943-46 George served as a Staff Sergeant in World War II. After ensuring his seven sisters were married, George acquised to an arranged marriage, orchestrated by his cousin, Demetra Makris (Thimakis) in 1954. He began raising his second family at this juncture. He was a member of the American Legion and Salt Lake City Greek Orthodox Church. George was a man who instilled in his chidren and his life the paramount concepts of correct thoughts, correct actions, moderation, simplicity, education and accountability. It is within these parameters that he continues to live in our collective memories.

Viewing will be held July 12, 1995, at Deseret Mortuary, 36 East 700 South, at 6 to 8 p.m. Trisagion at 6:30. Funeral July 13, at Holy Trinity, 279 South 300 West at 11 a.m.

Interment, Mt. Olivet.

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  • Imported from: UT State Historical Society
  • Added: 2 Feb 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 151986
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for George “Mike” Makris (2 Nov 1915–19 Jul 1995), Find A Grave Memorial no. 151986, citing Mount Olivet Cemetery, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA ; Maintained by Utah State Historical Society (contributor 4) .