Thursday, October 24, 2013

Dean Gust Petrulas

1936 ~ 2013
I was born in Hiawatha, Utah to parents George and Elizabeth (Katsufakis) Petrulakis on August 10, 1936 where I spent seventeen of my formative years. I attended and graduated from (the old) Carbon High School where I played sports, but became a casualty, as many were, of favoritism by a certain coach!!
I attended the University of Utah for a year and half. I played freshman basketball and traveled with the baseball team. In the interim I transferred to and graduated from Westminster College where I played basketball for three years and was captain my senior year! My college experience was energetically rewarding and fulfilling, which relates to an excellent job history. Member of the Greek Orthodox Church.
My working career began at Packaging Corporation of America, Salt Lake City, where I held various positions. After eight years I became the General Manager of Folding Carton Division. Later I solicited employment with American Pad and Paper (Ampad) North Salt Lake, where I was hired as Plant Manager, later becoming General Manager and Manufacturing Manager-Western Region. I retired after as many might know, American Pad and Paper is one of the companies that Mitt Romney (Bain Capital) and his hit men ruined! Consequently Ampad no longer exists in North Salt Lake or Utah, which is despicable!
I was introduced to golf which agreeably was a hate/love relationship! I did have a hole in one that came with many good/bad scores. But first and foremost I met and played with many outstanding friends.
I was asked many times "why I didn't get married" my stock answer was "I couldn't afford the divorce!" But I did meet the love of my life and soul mate, Judy Morley with whom I spent many enjoyable years. Thank you Judy for being "just Judy"
I am survived by my sister in law Ursula, St. George, Ut., sister in law Anna, Modesto, Ca., nephews George (Karna) Modesto, Ca., Nick (Karen) Alameda, Ca., Dean (Laura) Modesto, Ca., nieces Elizabeth, Kristina, Adrianna, Eleni and nephew Andoni and Judy Morley, Fountain Green, Ut.
Preceded in death by parents, brothers Tony and Pete, sister Sylvia, many aunts, uncles and cousins.
Funeral Services will be held Saturday, October 26, 2013 at 11:00 a.m., in the Prophet Elias Church, 5335 South Highland Drive, Holladay, Ut. Friends and family may call Friday, October 25, 2013 at Larkin Sunset Lawn Mortuary 2350 East 1300 South from 6-8 p.m. Trisagion service at 7:00 p.m. Interment Mt. Olivet Cemetery.

From:Duane Merrill ( This sender is in your contact list.
Sent:Thu 10/24/13 12:07 PM
To: Wallace Baldwin (; Jones Shirley (
Wally, thanks for communicating with all of us.  I am the son of 
LaVille H.Merrill,M.D who practiced in Hiawatha in the 50ths and 60tths.
I am a retired Cardio-thoracic surgeon.  My wife of 69 years, HILDRED
GLEASON MERRILL, passed away Sept.26, 2013 after six years in
a Skilled Nursing Care unit in Palo Alto, CA. She was a world class Dietitian, a
Super  Institution Manager, and a wonderful Mother, and my Soul Mate!

 She was the daughter of Frank E. and Grace G.Gleason and her sister,Shirley G.Jones lives in Nashville, TN (who is on your e-mail list.)They grew up in Hiawatha. I grew up in Spring Canyon before my father moved to Hiawatha.
It was a long way to take Hillie to a dance in Price, and even a longer way to court her in New York where they moved from Hiawatha during World War II.,which I did two times by train, once with a fraternity pin and once with a diamond ring!
After her graduation from Cornell, she came back to Utah on a Troop Train with
Violin in hand and we were married in the ADPI Sorority house at the U of U while I was in Medical School. In 1944.
HILDRED and I have two sons, and two daughters, fifteen grand and four 
great grandchildren, and two more on the way.