Costantino, Dennis 'Den' Paul (September 4, 1947 - October 2, 2004)

Dennis 'Den' Costantino

Douglas Budget - October 6, 2004

A memorial service for Rock Springs resident Dennis "Den" Paul Costantino, 57, will be held at 11 a.m. Oct. 6 at First Congregational Church in Rock Springs, with Rev. Harvey Joyner officiating.

Interment will be at St. Joseph's Section in the municipal cemetery in Rock Springs.

Mr. Costantino died Oct. 2, 2004, at his home, surrounded by his family, including many from Converse County.

He was born on Sept. 4, 1947, in Rock Springs to Quinto and Aldina Costantino. He graduated from Rock Springs High School in 1965 and attended the University of Wyoming. Mr. Constantino left college to enlist in the Army Reserve. He returned to college and graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in 1971. He also served in the National Guard for six years.

Mr. Constantino married Becky Moore in Douglas on Dec. 19, 1970. They moved to Rock Springs in August 1971, where they made their home. Mr. Costantino owned and operated Den's Place, a men's clothing store, from August 1972 until September 1990. During that time, he opened and operated three women's clothing stores, which he called Den's Other Place. He also earned his Realtors license and sold real estate in Sweetwater County for a year.

Mr. Costantino started in local economic development as a volunteer and was instrumental in the formation of Sweetwater Economic Development Association by combining Rock Springs and Green River local volunteer groups. In 1991, he became the first director for SWEDA and joined the newly established Wyoming Business Council in 1999. He also served as president of Rock Springs Chamber of Commerce, president of the Wyoming Economic Development Association and chairman of the Wyoming Environmental Quality Council.

Mr. Costantino was deeply involved in youth athletics and coached Young American Football and Little League baseball. He supported Rock Springs High School sports and followed the teams when his daughter Vicki was a cheerleader and his son Tony played in basketball and track. He was a volunteer coach for the high school basketball team while his son was on the team. He was a lifetime member of the University of Wyoming Alumni Association and a longtime member of the Cowboy Joe Club.

Mr. Costantino's passion was golf. He was fortunate to play in South Africa, Canada, England and Ireland, in addition to many different states in America. His goal was to play every golf course in Wyoming, and he completed all but 18 courses.

He was preceded in death by his father; his grandparents, Rocco and Appolonia Costantino and Tony and Linda Ferdani; cousin Dick Costantino; and numerous aunts and uncles.

He is survived by his wife; daughter Vicki Hulstrom and husband Matt of Lafayette, Colo.; son Tony Costantino of Denver; mother; sister Linda Dahl and husband Mike of Green River; and several cousins, nieces and nephews. Survivors in Douglas include his in-laws Eddie and Rhoda Moore; sister-in-law Vicki Tillard and husband Marty Tillard; and brothers-in-law and their wives Frank and Elaine Moore, Vern and Tami Moore and Parker and Karen Moore.

The family of Mr. Costantino suggests donations be made to Quinto Costantino Scholarship Fund, in care of Western Wyoming Community College, Financial Aid Department, P.O. Box 428, Rock Springs 82902; Hospice of Sweetwater County, 809 Thompson Street Suite D, Rock Springs; or the cancer association of donor's choice.

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