Remembering Our Friend Dino Margaros (1969 – 2022)

Dino Nicholas Margaros, 53, passed away unexpectedly August 27, 2022 in Tracy, California. He is survived by his mother, Catherine Margaros, his sister, Mia Rosenfeld, and his nephew, William Rosenfeld. He is also survived by countless dear friends whom he considered family.

Dino was born and raised in Tracy and proud of his Greek Orthodox heritage. After finishing high school, Dino attended the University of California, Riverside, graduating in 1991 with a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration. Thereafter, he obtained a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from San Jose State University.

After college, and while earning his Master’s Degree, Dino returned to his hometown of Tracy where he worked diligently to help transition management of the Tracy Inn from his father, Nick Margaros. Dino was proud to be the third-generation operator of the Tracy Inn, following in the footsteps of both his father and grandfather. He immediately immersed himself in the local culture and began his long tenure of community service, working tirelessly and passionately to ensure that downtown Tracy would remain a vibrant civic focal point for generations to come.

He was a natural leader on the board of directors with the Tracy City Center Association (TCCA) from 2012 to 2018, at which time he began serving as TCCA’s Executive Director, a role to which he was fiercely devoted. He cherished his service with the TCCA and each and every community member with whom he worked and collaborated. He was thoroughly dedicated to advancing and promoting Tracy’s downtown revitalization to ensure it remains a dynamic and thriving district that is ready, willing, and able to meet tomorrow’s challenges, and he was equally devoted to preserving Tracy’s historic charm. In short, Dino embodied the heart and soul of downtown Tracy. From its year-round downtown farmer’s market, to sidewalk sales, to block parties, to craft beer tasting events/wine strolls, and holiday parades, it is difficult to recall a downtown Tracy community event where Dino was not a valuable contributor and a visible presence—always sporting his signature smile, his “can-do” attitude, and his tireless commitment to help out any way he could.

His quiet strength, guidance, amazing sense of humor, and boundless love were also ever-present in his roles as son, brother, and uncle, and in his relationships with all the friends whom he held as close as family. Dino was larger than life yet so humble and kind.  The entire community has lost a tremendous member, a valuable contributor, and a dear friend.  His family lost a loving and devoted son, brother, and uncle with a heart of gold.