Wilt, Peter Joseph
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Peter Wilt, 65, of Scottsdale, died March 19 at Banner Hospice after a nine months battle with esophageal cancer. He was born and grew up in Pittsburgh, one of the six children of Thomas B. Wilt and Katherine Steffen Wilt. He is survived by his best friend and fiancée Tracie Baker, and mourned by her daughters Lyndsi and Kelsi, all in Scottsdale. Pete came to Phoenix in 2008 to work for the solar energy company Tessera Solar after a long and productive career in the energy development and transportation fields. After graduating from the University of Texas in 1970, he travelled globally for several firms, including Enron and Duke Energy. While based in Houston, and for a time in England, he worked as a negotiating executive in the developing countries of post-Soviet Eastern Europe, in Israel and the nations of the Persian Gulf, in China and in South America. He was an avid golfer and loved sailing boats, riding motorcycles and bicycles, playing his guitar, reading history and detective stories, and playing word games, including Words With Friends and the daily New York Times crossword puzzle. Pete is remembered with tears and smiles by his first family, daughter Melissa Wilt and her mother Jan Cannaday, both in Austin Texas, and his second family, daughter Laura Wilt Montgomery in Denver, Ryan Wilt in Houston, and their mother Robin Wilt in Vail. Pete's brother Bob died in Austen in 2010 from complications of Alzheimer's disease. Missing them both greatly are their four remaining siblings: Judith in Boston, Tim in Thousand Oaks California, and Jerry and Bill, both in Houston. A celebration of Pete's life is planned for later in the spring: those seeking information about that may call 480-550-2463.
Published in The Arizona Republic from Mar. 22 to Mar. 23, 2013