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Sam Granato’s grandparents originally came to Utah from Italy in the 1800’s to herd goats in the Draper, Tooele and Bountiful areas. In fact, the land upon which the LDS Temple was built was at one time home to the Granato’s goats, which roamed the high foothills. The son of a first generation Italian American father and a Scotch-Irish mother, Granato was born in the Millcreek area, and still lives there today with his wife and family. All in all, he has spent his entire life in Utah.
During his teenage years, Granato attended and graduated from Olympus High School before enrolling at Southern Utah University for college. With an eye on his future, Granato decided to study Business Management during his time in Cedar City and, after finishing his degree in 1973, he returned to Salt Lake to work alongside his father in the family importing business, a job he has held ever since.
Established by Sam’s father following World War II, Frank Granato Importing Company has become a Utah legend and the state’s leading purveyor for authentic Italian and Mediterranean food, thanks to the Granato’s strong work ethic and a belief that customer service is what matters most. Today, Sam Granato carries that same spirit and dedication forward as the company’s owner and president, and has expanded what began as a modest pushcart operation into a thriving small business with several locations throughout the Salt Lake valley.
He has always served in many public service positions including his current position as Salt Lake County Councilman, he currently serves as a board member of the Governor’s Office of Economic Development, Environment Quality Advisory board, Hogle Zoo Advsiory board, Wasatch Front Waste and Recycling District board, and the Unified Fire Authority board. He is a past board member of IHC, past member of the Microenterprise Loan Fund, past President of the Foot Printers Association, Past Board President of Beehive Credit Union.
He has been married to Ann Wyss for 40 years. They have 4 children and nine grandchildren.
Sam represents District 4 on the Salt Lake County Council. District 4 runs along the east side, from the University of Utah to Bengal Boulevard . It encompasses parts of Salt Lake City, Holladay City, Cottonwood Heights, Murray City, and the entire Millcreek Township. On the County Council, Sam has been a strong voice for fiscal responsibility, the Governor’s Healthy Utah plan, and clean air. He was elected in 2012 to a 4 year term with 58% of the vote.