Edward Anthony Messano, 61, died April 15, 1998, in Provo, Utah. At the time of death, he was attended by his wife and family.

Edward was born October 27, 1936, in Brooklyn, New York, to Edward and Ethel Messano. After graduating from high school at the Brooklyn Polytechnical Institute, Edward joined the Armored Tank Division of the United States Army and was stationed in Germany from 1955-58. After returning home, he graduated from Pratt Institute with a degree in electrical engineering. On October 20, 1963, he married his sweetheart, Augusta Marie Ballas. The couple was blessed with two beautiful daughters, Elena Marie and Diana Loren.Edward began his engineering career with General Electric Corporation and moved to Houston, Texas, to work on the the Apollo space program and help put a man on the moon. He later worked for Dresser Industries where he was instrumental in developing computerized drilling processes for the oil industry. In 1984, the family relocated to Salt Lake City where Edward was Vice President of Engineering for Norton Christensen Company. While there, he received an Executive MBA degree from Harvard University. In 1988, Edward joined Flowserve Corporation (formerly Valtek International) where he was Director of Advanced Product Development. He was instrumental to the design and development of the StarPac Smart control valve system.

Edward had a great love for family and friends, and enjoyed the love and respect of all who knew him. He loved the outdoors and enjoyed woodworking, fishing and gardening. His smile and wit will be greatly missed by family and friends.

He is survived by his beloved wife, Marie; his daughter, son-in-law, and two granddaughters, Diana, Michael, Elena, and Lisa D'Angelo of Broomfield, Colo.; his mother, Ethel Messano of Boca Raton, Fla.; his three sisters, Esther Stattel and Barbara O'Brian of Long Island, New York, and Michelle Mirabella of Boca Raton, Florida.

Edward will be buried at the Veterans Cemetery in Denver, Colorado, where graveside services will be held at the time of internment. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Edward's name may be made to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

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