Peter Mezei passed away March 7 after a courageous battle with cancer.
Peter was born in Austria and moved to Chicago as a child. His family moved to the Elburn area in 1966. He was a 1968 graduate of Kaneland, where he not only played in the school band, but was also a member of two rock bands: Infiniti and Threads of Dawn.
After graduating, Pete joined the Marine Corps and fought in Vietnam, where he received a Purple Heart award.
He wore many hats in his career, including creative light technician at Pheasant Run, a stint filming with the Chicago Bulls cheerleaders, and many years as a graphic arts designer.
Pete moved to Arizona later in life, where he loved searching for the Lost Dutchman Mine in the Superstition Mountains. He was known to catch rattlesnakes and scorpions and sell them to vendors.
His other hobbies included classical music, mirror etching and writing poetry. Drawing was also one of his passions.
He was preceded in death by his father, Alex, in 1995.
He leaves behind his mother, Emily; his sister, Viola; and his nephew, Jason; all of Tucson, Ariz.
Peter’s creativity, laughter and friendship will be sorely missed by those who were fortunate enough to know him.