William D. Cocorinis
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William D. Cocorinis   William D. Cocorinis, beloved husband of Willa Dean Papanikolas Cocorinis, passed away early Sunday morning at the University of Utah Health Sciences Center. Bill was born to Dimitri and Ioanna Cocorinis in the village of Glossa, Skopelos, Greece. He would later write of his love for the island and people of his youth in his book of short stories, "Diamond of the Aegean." Bill also published dozens of periodical and newspaper articles throughout his long and productive life on a variety of topics close to his heart, typically involving his love of Greek philosophy, people and history. Bill first came to the United States in 1948 on what was intended to be a short visit to wind up his own father's business affairs, who had recently passed away. En route to San Francisco, Bill succumbed to Dena's charms while passing through Salt Lake City. Bill remained under Dena's spell for the rest of his life. Shortly after arriving in Salt Lake, Bill learned that the University of Utah was in need of an instructor of Modern Greek. Despite what could charitably be described as a rather limited knowledge of the English language, Bill commenced teaching with his typical enthusiasm. 55 years and 5500 students later, he taught his last class just prior to the Thanksgiving holiday. Bill would ultimately master English, but proudly hung on to his distinctive accent, which his many admirers delighted in mimicking. Bill received his M.A. degree from the University of Utah in 1957 and went on to become the successful owner and principal broker of Sugarhouse Realty for almost 50 years. Bill received many honors over a lifetime of service to his church and community, too numerous to mention in their entirety. He served as a three term president of the Greek Community of Salt Lake City and received the title of "Archon Deputatos" by the Ecumenical Patriarch Athenagoras of Constantinople. Bill was a Life Member, Archdiocesan Council, Greek Orthodox Church of the Americas, and was particularly close to His Eminence Archbishop Iakovos, Primate of the Greek Orthodox Church of North and South America. In April of 1998, Bill was a recipient of the University of Utah's Outstanding Adjunct Faculty Award. He loved his association with the many fine professors and students at the University. He believed that with patience, understanding and persistence, he could win them over to his view that all words of any consequence, and all philosophical ideas of any consequence, originated in Greece. Shortly before his death, Bill was informed by the University of Utah that he was to be awarded an honorary degree in the spring of 2004. As President of the WBBA Holladay Cottonwood Baseball League in the late 1960's, Bill spearheaded the financing of what became known as "Cocorinis Field," still in use today. Bill was the loving father of Dimitri "Mitch" Cocorinis and Jonette C. Mangum, and the father-in-law of Geoffrey W. Mangum, all of whom, although occasionally exasperated by his exuberance, adored him. In turn, Bill was very proud of their professional and personal endeavors. Bill's proudest final legacy was his two grandchildren, David Cocorinis Mangum and Alexandra Mangum. David, a freshman at the University of Pennsylvania, has inherited his grandfather's writing talents and passion for books and interesting people. Alex, an outstanding student, swimmer and dancer at Skyline High School, shares Bill's very considerable charisma, social skills and movie star good looks. In addition to his immediate family, Bill is survived by two sisters, Zoe Panagiotou of Athens, Greece and Alexandra Pitsiou of Volos, Greece, sisters-in-law, Ida Collard, Catherine Papanikolas, Kathryn Papanikolas and Dorothy Papanikolas, and many nephews and nieces. A viewing will be held Friday, December 5, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Holy Trinity Cathedral in downtown Salt Lake City. Trisagion to begin at 7:00 p.m. Funeral Services to be held Saturday, December 6, also at the Holy Trinity Cathedral, at 12:00 noon. Interment at Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Donations for a humanities scholarship in Bill's name may be sent in care of Professor James Svendsen, University of Utah, 255 South Central Campus Drive #1400, Salt Lake City, Utah 84112.

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Published in Deseret News from Dec. 3 to Dec. 5, 2003.
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December 8, 2003
~~~To The Cocorinis Family: ~~~

I send my Sympathy & Prayer’s to all of you and your Families.
It is one, hard time to go through when it comes to the loss of a loved one.
I share your pain and your sorrow.
Mitch & Jonette, I don’t know if you remember me ..... we were next door neighbors on Fieldcrest Lane some 40 years ago.
I remember my brother Greg, playing baseball at
Crown Colony then,
to the Cocorinis Field now.
When you moved that was it......I never seen you again.
Your family moved, and my family stayed there until the passing of my Mom on December 1, 1997.
Please write me when you find some time.
I would like to talk to you.
For what I read about your Dad…….
He was very much loved and will be missed by all,
but not forgotten.

Take Care,
“God Bless”
Lorraine ( Dell )
December 8, 2003
DEAR COCORINIS- MANGUM FAMILY;
I ALWAYS ENJOYED BILL AND AM SORRY TO HEAR HE HAS LEFT THIS EARTH. NO DOUBT HE'LL VISIT US IN SUBTLE WAYS, BUT I KNOW YOU WILL MISS HIM TERRIBLY AND YOU HAVE MY PRAYERS.

I HAVE SUCH FOND MEMORIES OF HIS BIG BRAIN AND ROBUST SENSE OF HUMOR.
WHAT A GUY...
JULIE HILL
December 5, 2003
Dear Family,

Knowing that Bill is gone makes me very sad. I will miss him. You are all in my heart and prayers.

Love,
Aunt Kate
Kate Papanikolas
December 5, 2003
Dear Dede, Mitch, Johnette, Geoff, Alex and David;

He held a place of honor in my heart and I will miss him.

Love,
Georgene
Georgene Kosmos
December 5, 2003
my condolences to the Cocorinis Family. i believe i was 9 when i first came in contact with the Cocorins' Family. i began to play baseball at Cocorinis Field (then called Crown Colony) back in the 60's. i lived in the last house on Fieldcrest Lane back then. (4922) i remember playing against Mitch. i am truly sad to here of the passing of such a well loved man. may the Lord bless you and your loved ones in your time of need.
Tyler Housley
December 4, 2003
Bill was a great man. Although we had limited contact in recent years, I thought of Bill often. He was a good friend and positive influence in my life. I admired Bill's work ethic and marvelled at his accomplishments. He will be missed.
Randy Waltman
December 4, 2003
Yaya, Jonette, Jeff, Mitch, Alex and David-
I don't know where to start. When my mom told me two nights ago that Popoo had died, I was in total shock and very upset. I can't begin to tell you how much I loved seeing Popoo when I was in town, it was always fun, he always brought a smile to my face, he was always happy! I know how hard this must be, but I want you all to know that I am here for you and that I love you all very much. Alex, you have been my best friends since we were 2. Jonette, Jeff and David you all have always been there for me no matter when it was, you are all so welcoming when I am in Utah and I truly appreciate it. Yaya, I will be in Utah with in the next few months and I will make sure I come up and see you, its been too long and I miss you. I always loved coming to your house, swimming in the pool, eating ramen noodles, drinking diet cokes and putting on skits with Alex for both you and Popoo in the living room. Popoo will be very missed by everyone but he will always remain in my heart and I will always cherish the memories I had with him and your family. I miss and love you all very much and am thinking of you!
xoxo -Brooke
Brooke Dreyfous
December 4, 2003
I am very sad to hear of Bill's passing. Knowing him in association with Sugarhouse Realty and beyond, I always enjoyed his alert, bright and lively spirit. He will be missed.
Bill Doyne
December 4, 2003
Dear Family,
I am on my way from Paris to Salt Lake City this morning to attend dear Uncle Bill's funeral and to celebrate his full and wonderful life. Je vous embrasse. Love, Chris
Christina Papanikolas
December 3, 2003
My dad, Bill Scott, worked with Bill for several years at Sugarhouse Realty. We have long admired Bill for his intellect and his many contributions to the Salt Lake community and especially to the University of Utah. I can see him even now walking through the hall in the lower level of Orson Spencer Hall. We will miss him.
Colleen Scott
December 3, 2003
Goodbye, dear teacher and friend. My fondest memories of my college years include those three wonderful quarters at the University of Utah where I took Modern Greek. I spoke Greek with a fair fluency prior to Bill's classes, but Bill's teaching solified my grasp on the amazing structure and flexibility of the Greek language. I will never forget them. I also remember very fondly evenings after class when the students from the class would sometimes all go together with Bill to the Athenian for night of Greek music and dancing. These were easily my best college experiences.

I also won't easily forget Bill's wonderful singing voice, when he and my dad, and other friends would sing Greek songs that were World War II vintage, along with all the newer songs that were emerging.

With Bill's passing goes yet another of that amazing group of first generation Greeks in America. Bill was an unusual and amazing man - a first class teacher and an interesting raconteur. I enjoyed briefly visiting with him last summer when we came from Texas for a wedding in Utah. I'm glad I got to see him.

Our best wishes and sincerest condolences to his lovely wife Willa Dean and to Mitch and Jonette and their families. Zoi se sas.

Kalo taxidi, kyrie kathigita!

Barbara and Costas Colessides
Barbara Colessides
December 3, 2003
Mitch, Jonette, Jeff and Mrs. Cocorinis,

I am very sad--I had a secret crush on Bill, what sweet man. I will keep you all in my prayers!

Love, Helen
Helen Bero
December 3, 2003
I will miss Bill terribly.
May his memory be eternal.
Jacqueline Pullos
December 3, 2003
Jonette,

My thoughts and prayers are with you. What a wonderful legacy he leaves you all.

Kif
Kif Brown
December 3, 2003
My sympathies go to his family. He will be greatly missed. I had Mr. Cocorinis at the Univ of Utah for Modern Greek and he was an excellent professor. I will also miss him when I go to church. I was deeply touched when Father George announced of Mr. Cocorinis death. I couldn't help myself but I had tears in my eyes. Again my sympathies to the Cocorinis family
Xristina Louziotis
Christine Louziotis
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