Importer Frank Granato died at his Salt Lake home Thursday, March 28, 1991, at the age of 76.
His grocery business started in the 1940s as only a door-to-door enterprise but by the 1980s, it had grown to a multimillion dollar import operation.He operated Growers Market in 1934 and then established the Frank Granato Importing Company in 1947 with a single truck that peddled cheese and other goods door to door.
The import business grew rapidly during the next four decades it had to relocate twice for additional operating space. In the late 1970s, the company moved to 1391 S. 300 West. By 1986 it had 20 employees and annual sales of almost $6 million.
He won several awards during his life, the most recent being the "Our Man" award at the 11th annual Multiple Sclerosis "Dinner of Champions" in 1989.
Mr. Granato had also served on many local boards, including those for Cottonwood Hospital, the Salvation Army, Multiple Sclerosis Society and Camp Kostopulos. Catholic Community Services recognized him for his many years of service in 1986.
He also also a strong supporter of University of Utah athletic programs, Little League Baseball and the Utah Italian American Civic League. He was also a member of the Footprinters, a Salt Lake law enforcement civic group composed of officers, judges, prosecutors and business leaders.
Born on Oct. 2, 1914 in Tooele to Salvatore and Mary Spattafore Granato, he married Edith Singleton in 1945 in California. He is survived by his wife, one son, Samuel Frank, one daughter, Glenda Fredrickson, and seven grandchildren - all of Salt Lake City.
A viewing will be held Monday, April 1, 5-7 p.m., at St. Ambrose Catholic Church, 1975 S. 2300 East, with a Holy Rosary at 7 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial is planned for Tuesday, April 2, 10:30 a.m. at St. Amborse. Burial will be at Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park.