Tuesday, July 15, 2014


Steve Zoumadakis
Sept. 14, 1930 ~ July 11, 2014
Steve Zoumadakis, our loving husband, father, papou, uncle & friend, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his family on July 11, 2014 after a long illness.
Steve was born September 14, 1930 in Hiawatha, Utah to George & Katina Zoumadakis. He spent his early years in Altonah, Utah and later moved to Salt Lake City where he graduated from South High in 1948. Shortly after graduating, Steve was drafted into the US Army where he served as a medical technician in the 171st Evac Hospital during the Korean War. Upon his return, Steve began working for the Automobile Club of Utah (AAA) where he enjoyed a long and successful career. Starting as a salesman, he quickly became President and CEO and retired in 1994 after 41 years of service. His success never overshadowed his concern for the well-being of his employees. Steve was an active member of the community, having served on the boards of several organizations. In addition, he was also a 33rd degree Mason and was active in both the Scottish Rite and El Kalah Shrine for many years. Steve was also a member of the Greek Orthodox Church. Steve loved his years of fishing in West Yellowstone, Montana where he often returned with many a story to tell. During the winter months, one could always spot him in his AAA-labeled coat and his signature fluorescent orange hunting cap. He was often stubborn but his heart was warm and generous, especially to those in need. He was always willing to lend a helping hand, whether to mow someone's lawn, plow a neighbors' driveway or fix a broken sprinkler. 
He is survived by his loving wife of 48 years, Afton; his daughters Andrea (Fr. Anthony) Savas and Lisa; his son Steven (Lisa); granddaughters Alexia, Emery, Markella, and Alayna; grandsons Damian, Callen and Dimitri; sister-in-law Joan Zoumadakis, numerous nieces and nephews and grand-dogs Izzie, Jake and Olive. He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Bill and Mike.
The family wishes to extend their heartfelt gratitude to Steve's nurse Lacey, aide Lisa and the AFI Hospice staff, whose exceptional care and genuine concern for the family's well-being was a great comfort as Steve's condition worsened. Thanks also go out to Steve's neighbors-the Jones', the Olsens' and the Berretts'-for their help and support during this time of need.
Friends may call Wednesday, July 16th at Wasatch Lawn Mortuary, 3401 South Highland Drive, from 6:00-8:00 p.m., with the Trisagion service beginning at 7:00 p.m. 
Funeral services will take place Thursday, July 17th at 11:00 a.m. at Prophet Elias Greek Orthodox Church, 5335 South Highland Drive. Interment will follow at Mt. Olivet Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in Steve's honor to the International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) at www.iocc.org.
We love you and will miss you dearly. May your memory be eternal.

Published in Deseret News from July 15 to July 16, 2014

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