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Honorable Giovanni G. Maschero

The Honorable Giovanni G. Maschero, Commendatore (Commander of the Knights) and Italian Consul for the State of Utah from 1990 to 2010, died Tuesday, August 20, 2013.  Maschero was born March 2, 1936 to Linda Baldacci and Lilli Maschero in Genova, Italy, the birthplace of Christopher Columbus.

As a young child in Italy, Maschero had a fascination with photography and by age five was already developing his own pictures.  He pursued this interest, becoming a radiologist.  While practicing radiology in Italy, Maschero emerged as a leader among his professional peers.  Because of his successful lobbying efforts with the Italian parliament and key government leaders, radiologists received improved protection, increased pay and additional vacation time.

In July 1969, at the age of 33, Maschero came to the United States. He landed in New York City on the same day American astronauts walked on the moon.  He received his formal U.S. certification as a radiologist in Los Angeles.

 

In addition to his career in radiology, Maschero worked in the Office of the Consulate General of Italy in Los Angeles.  From his outstanding work in diplomacy, he was appointed by the Italian government as the Italian Consul of Utah in 1990.

 

Maschero issued visas and other formal documents for Italians in Utah and Mormon missionaries serving in Italy.  In his official capacity as the Italian Consul of Utah, he was instrumental in assisting The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in receiving legalization status and recognition as a religion in Italy.

 

During the 2002 Winter Olympics Maschero was actively involved in hosting the Italian delegation and dignitaries.  He was later knighted by the Italian government as a Commendatore, a coveted title of honor and valor.  He shared his knowledge by teaching Italian language classes throughout the community.

 

Maschero was a true diplomat of the Italian Government, a noble man and genuine ambassador of Italy.  He represented all persons in the Italian community and performed his Consul duties in Utah with dignity, integrity and sincere humility. Maschero was a perfect gentleman with a love for God and all people.  He was a man of great wisdom and understanding, with a heart of thanksgiving and service.

He is survived by his former wife and dear friend, Giovanna Puppo, stepson DanieloViazzo, daughter-in-law Ann and five grandchildren. Funeral services will be held Saturday, August 24 at 10 a.m., at the Tenth Ward Chapel, 410 South and 800 East.