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FRED DEMMAN Obituary
Fred Demman 1924 ~ 2011 Fred DeVuono Demman, beloved husband, father, brother, uncle and local businessman, age 86, passed away peacefully on February 15th, 2011. Born November 10, 1924 in Sunnyside, Utah to Fedele (Fred) DeVuono and Costanza Mascaro DeVuono. Married to Donna Jean Reid October 16, 1948, in Evanston Wyoming, together having two children. After moving with his family from Sunnyside to the Salt Lake City Avenues at the age of nine, he graduated from East High where he made the All City Football Team for three years. Dad was proud of his Italian heritage - but even more of his family. There was an incredible bond between he and his many siblings which lasted a lifetime. He went on to attend the U of U on a football scholarship until being drafted in 1943 to serve in the U.S. Army during World War II. Dad proudly served his country spending most of his tour of duty in France and Germany. His patriotism and love of country was solidified and he never took for granted the freedoms and opportunities he fought for and enjoyed. After returning from Europe in 1946, he worked for the U.S. Post Office. He aspired to become a self-employed businessman and soon after, along with his brother Albert, opened and operated the Demman Brothers Milk Depot and Soda Fountain located on the corner of 800 W and 1st North. There he also met his future wife and companion of 62 years, Donna. In 1957 the brothers built, opened and operated Demman's Motel and Café. Other business endeavors included the Putter Club, Demman's Par Three Golf Course and Driving Range and the KOA Campground. Upon selling his business interests in 1975 at age 51, he became a licensed realtor and enjoyed selling real estate and assisting low income families until his retirement in 1996. Dad worked on JFK's Utah campaign and later served as Chair of the Salt Lake County Democratic Party. He also ran for public office twice in 1968 and 1970, because he wanted to serve and make a difference. He served on the Utah State Fair Board in the 1960's, one term as Chair. Dad loved running his businesses, reading, sports, talking politics, telling stories, playing golf and making deals. Above all, he showed us the importance of love of family and this great country. He was also a devout member of St. Vincent De Paul Catholic Parish. Survived by his loving wife Donna, daughter Sharman, son Reid, sister Florence Barber and many brother and sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by his parents, brothers, Tony, John, Joe, Dominic, Sam, Frank, Louis, Albert and sister Rose. The family wishes to thank the care givers at the VA Hospital, Bristol Hospice, Woodland Park and Garden Terrace for their efforts and gentle care the final months of dad's life. Thanks Mom for your lifelong devotion and care of Dad which gave us all the gift of his extended life and happiness. Funeral Services will be held on Wednesday, February 23, 2011, 11:00 a.m. at Cottonwood Memorial Mortuary, 4670 S. Highland Dr. Family and friends may attend a vigil which will be held from 5:30 to 6 p.m. Tuesday evening after which friends may visit from 6-8 p.m. and one hour prior to services on Wednesday. Interment and military honors will be at the Holiday Memorial Cemetery, 4900 S. Memory Lane. (1950 E.)

Published in Salt Lake Tribune from Feb. 18 to Feb. 20, 2011
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