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 Dionysios Soterious “Dan” Kostopulos

Dionysios Soterious “Dan” Kostopulos

Birth
Greece
Death 13 Dec 1965 (aged 61)
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA
Burial Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA
Plot V_332_6
Memorial ID 152157 · View Source
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Son of Soterious and Paraskive Kostopulos, both of Greece

Married Helene Pappas in 1940, Salt Lake City, Utah.

He was founder of "Kamp Kostopulos" for handicapped children near Salt Lake City.
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-The Salt Lake Tribune December 14, 1965

S.L. PHILANTHROPIST DIES OF HEART AILMENT AT 61

Dan S. Kostopulos, 61, 63 4th East, supporter of a Salt Lake County camp for handicapped children, died of a heart ailment Monday at home.

Since 1929 Mr. Kostopulos has given Christmas parties for needy children, sometimes as many as 800 at a time. His charity was a way of showing appreciation to his adopted Salt Lake City and to Utah, where he arrived as a penniless Greek immigrant on Christmas Day in 1921. He often said he knew what it was like to be poor and wished to help those in need. Most of his parties were held in the old Iris Theater where he was manager. He later bought the theater in 1940, changing its name to The Broadway.

This year construction was started on Kamp Kostopulos for Handicapped Children about four miles up Emigration Canyon. Planning for the camp, which will house about 100 children, has been going on for three years.

Mr. Kostopulos won the first "showmanship of the heart" award in 1950 for his charity work. The award is sponsored by the Motion Picture Club on behalf of theater owners, operators and film distributors in the Salt Lake exchange area.

He was a member of the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church and the Panahaikos Society and was president of the Harmony Charity Club, organized to provide major financial support for Kamp Kostopulos.

He was born March 4, 1904, in Patras, Greece, a son of Soterious and Paraskive Kostopulos. He married Helene Pappas in 1940 in Salt Lake City.

Survivors include his widow; sisters and brothers, Mrs. John (Argiro) Kerikas, Salt Lake City; Phillip Telemahos, Kimon, and Mrs. Georgitsa Salamalikas, all of Greece.

Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday at 2 p.m. in the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 279 S. 2nd West. Friends may call Tuesday from 7 to 8 p.m. at 36 E. 7th South, where prayer services will be conducted Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery.

The family suggests contributions to the Harmony Society or to Kamp Kostopulos


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  • Imported from: UT State Historical Society
  • Added: 2 Feb 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 152157
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Dionysios Soterious “Dan” Kostopulos (4 Mar 1904–13 Dec 1965), Find A Grave Memorial no. 152157, citing Mount Olivet Cemetery, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA ; Maintained by Utah State Historical Society (contributor 4) .