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Tuck Marcantonio, Mark Passey’s Step Father, Passes Away

Tuck Marcantonio, 97, step father to Mark and Char Passey, passed awayon January 29th, Tuck loved golf and was known by many golfers through his association with Mark Passey, a former UGA Executive Director of the Utah Golf Association. As mentioned in the obituary below, he was a delightful and pleasant person and was a four time president of the Salt Lake Optimist Club, and he lived the Optimist philosophy. Details of services are listed in the accompanying obituary
Peter J. (Tuck) Marcantonio
Nov. 21, 1916 ~ Jan. 29, 2013
Tuck was born to Italian immigrants, Giovanni Di Marcantonio and Domenica Tiberi Marcantonio on November 21, 1916 in Wayne, Pennsylvania. He was the first child born in the U.S. His siblings were Louise, Louie, Ann, Andrew, John and Fred. They were an incredible, close, loving family. All are now deceased except Fred. From his humble beginnings, Tuck emerged a gigantic force, bigger than life and never forgetting who he was. Tuck’s early adulthood was full of music. He believed his horn saved him from “the streets.” He recorded in New York with Isham Jones’ big band and played with many famous names. In 1934, at age 17, he and a small combo sailed to Paris on the SS Paris, entertaining wealthy passengers. Big highlight! He enlisted in the Air Corps, then later re-enlisted in the regular Army and served from 1941 to 1945. He married Blenda Okander and moved to Utah. They had three children, Paul, JoAnn and Kay, and later divorced. Tuck married Lois Passey in May 1978. By now, he was the owner of Argus Optical. Tuck and Lois worked together, traveled, and were totally immersed in his music career. He played hundreds of concerts throughout the Valley. His combo band played 18 years at Willow Creek Country Club. He also played 20 years for the Phoenix Jazz Band, and filled in for the Shriners’ Band. Tuck loved golf, and was proud of his hole-in-one. He was an active member of the Salt Lake Optimist Club, serving as President four times. Tuck and Lois were members of Al-Anon for many years, having many, many friends. During the past 13 years, he served as Bugler for the Disabled American Veterans Honor Guard, Chapter 6, playing Taps at approximately 3,000 funerals. Tuck was honored on many occasions for his thousands of hours of volunteerism.When we think of Tuck, so many images come to mind: Fabulous husband, father, grandfather, friend, musician, optimist, golfer, trumpet player, conversationalist, proud Italian, great hair and great health. He was a hot dog lover, Jazz fan, gardener, poker player, and traveler. He loved the Phillies, Swedish meatballs, green olives, smelly cheeses, naps, morning fruit, cashews, 60 Minutes, jazz concerts, etc. Tuck was an inspiration and hero to many. He will be missed by his loving wife Lois; son Paul (Sheri), granddaughter Kerith; daughter JoAnn Davis (David Ward), granddaughter Erika, great granddaughters Kayla and Audrey; and daughter Kay (Larry Smith). He was Dad, grandpa, and great grandpa to Lois’ children, Mark and Char Passey, Jill and Brad Bailey, Ann and Kim Harding, and many, many grand and great grandchildren. He was a loving, caring man, easy to live with, full of fun, always optimistic, generous to a fault, and a fabulous companion. Peter means “Rock.” That’s what he was for Lois so many times. Through the loss of her two sons and many other incidents, he was always there for her. May his memory be eternal and never forgotten.In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Disabled American Veterans, Chapter 6.A viewing will be held on Sunday, February 3rd, from 6 to 8 p.m., at Holladay Cottonwood Mortuary, 4670 South Highland Drive. Funeral services will be held on Monday, February 4th, at 11 a.m. at the mortuary, preceded by a viewing at 10 a.m. Interment will be at the Utah Veterans Memorial Park.
Published in Salt Lake Tribune from February 2 to February 3, 2013