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Dan S. Stathatos


1923 - 2015 Obituary Condolences
Dan S. Stathatos Obituary
November 25, 1923 - July 4, 2015 Dan Stathy Stathatos died July 4, 2015 at his home in San Marino, California. He was 91 years old. In his last days, as in the rest of his life, he was surrounded by friends and family who loved him. To the end, he demonstrated his great determination to live a full and wonderful life. Born November 25, 1923 in Los Angeles, California, to Dionysios and Diamondo Stathatos, at the age of 17 he was forced to take over his family's business, the Broadway Florist, shortly after graduating from High School and upon the sudden death of his father, abandoning his plans to pursue a career in architecture. He met his beloved wife Beatrice Laura Teresi and married her in 1950. They had four sons, Dan Steven Stathatos, Philip James Stathatos, Michael David Stathatos and Damon James Stathatos, and moved to San Marino, California. Together with his only brother, Savas Jerry Stathatos, they ran and operated the Broadway Florist which continued to flourish under their charge, becoming the largest flower store operation west of the Mississippi. In 1962, leaving the fresh flower business to his brother, Dan opened what now has become Stats Floral Supply which was in the beginning tailored towards wholesale and retail florist supplies but over time building into what it is now today ¿ the Disneyland of Christmas and seasonal supplies. Along the way, Dan acquired Fishbecks Patio Center, which was a part of his then-landlord's corporation, along with all of the properties at his home-base of Pasadena. His innate sense for business coupled with his warm and generous heart resulted in both businesses thriving to become leaders in their respective industries here in the Southland. He was well respected and loved in both his professional and his social and family life throughout his lifetime. Dan had an abiding love of horseracing and maintained a prominent stable locally for years. He was a Director of the California Thoroughbred Breeder's Association. He was also a member and benefactor of Saint Sophia Greek Orthodox Cathedral and a Director of United Mercantile Bank. Dan was preceded in death by his beloved wife Beatrice and his brother Jerry. He is survived by his loving sons and their wives, his nine grandchildren (Mary, Damon, James; Laura, Michele, Nicole; Dan, Sean, Suzanne) and his two great-grandchildren, Beatrice and Charles. Those who met Dan found him a delight to know as he always cared for and loved the people around him. Services will be held at Saint Sophia Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 1324 South Normandy Avenue in Los Angeles at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, July 10th. Trisangion service will be held on the preceding night at 7 p.m.
Published in the Los Angeles Times on July 8, 2015
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