Anthony "Tony" Michael Caputo, 72, a loving husband, father, "Papou," and the "Deli Lama," unexpectedly departed in the early morning hours of March 10, 2021. Tony was born on February 5, 1949 in Price, Utah, to Mary Louise Fowles Caputo and Dominic (Nick) Peter Caputo. Tony was the oldest of six children. He lost his father at an awfully early age, a loss that would drive many into a life of despair. Tony became the anchor of his family. With the responsibility and weight of the world on his shoulders, Tony learned resilience first hand and has never since been guarded with his generosity. The greatest gift that Tony brought into the lives of his family was his darling wife, Mary. Tony met Mary in 1969 when he declared, "I'm going to marry that woman." On June 14th, 1971, Tony wed Mary Nackos Morris at Jordan Pines, Brighton, Utah.
Tony and Mary created a magical life with their two boys, Matthew and Peter. The Caputo family had a history of working in food and Tony owned and ran several restaurants in his early professional years. His boys spent many nights in those kitchens. In 1997, he ventured out to open the now world renowned Caputo's Market & Deli. Watching Tony's interactions with each and every person who walked through his doors was the most inspiring experience. He greeted everyone with a smile, a genuine belly laugh, and offered his quick sharp wit. It didn't matter what color your skin was, if you were the Governor, or a blue collar worker. He made every person feel like an old friend by welcoming them with his kindness, respect and hospitality. From the day his first granddaughter, Gianna, was born, followed by Francesca, Simon, Amelia, Maya and Julius, not a day would go by when Tony did not brag to anyone who'd listen about his dearest grandchildren, for whom he truly lived. In his faux retirement, he co-founded the Old Coots, a group of wise friends who'd dole out advice to anyone who'd listen under the slogan "it's probably bad advice, but it's free." Tony and Mary were preparing to live out their post pandemic life together and were planning to celebrate their
“I’m just a guy who slices salami for a living.”
- Tony “Papou” Caputo 50th wedding anniversary this June with friends and family from near and far. Tony's passing came as a complete shock to the Caputo family and the local community that loved him dearly. Though we always knew Tony was a giant, we didn't appreciate the scope of how many lives he has touched. The devotion and love the Salt Lake community has shown to our family will never be forgotten.
Preceded in death by his father, Dominic, and mother, Mary Lou. Tony is survived by his wife, Mary, his children Matthew (Yelena), Peter (Heloisa), Mick Davis (January), and his six grandchildren, his brothers Gregory Caputo, Douglas Caputo, Daniel "Butch" Larsen and Michael Larsen and his sister Kristina Bailey. A viewing was held on Monday, March 15th, from 6:00 - 8:00 PM. A Funeral was held the following morning on March 16th at 11 AM under the care of Neil O'Donnell Funeral Home. The family will host a Celebration of Life later this summer for all who wish to attend.
For those who wish to view the Funeral Services, please visit the obituary for Tony at www.neilodonnellfuneralhome.com and select the Live Stream found under the Photos & Video Tab.
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Tony Caputo was someone I admired, enjoyed, and wished to emulate. His relish for life and for his vast number of friends always gave me not just a lift but a wish to be like him—warm, open, fun loving, always supportive. He was larger than life in every sense. The phrase seems sad now that he has left this life.
I met Tony through Ellen Furgis, a great friend and compatriot of his, and between the two of them, my business partner Cill Sparks and I had all the resources we needed to start our own business, Wildflowers Bed and Breakfast. He was endlessly supportive of our endeavor.
This is a great loss for the community, but my thoughts are with his devoted family. Prayers and condolences to them and thanks to them for sharing him so generously.
Its been a long 57 years since I've seen Tony, but he was one of my good friends in 1964. We kicked around the Holladay area and always had a good time together. One thing for sure he loved the family Oldsmobile and he said " when I get my drivers license I'll be driving this car".
I pray for your family during this most difficult time. May God bless you all and attend to your needs as you all mourn for a loving Grandfather, Father, and dear husband.
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