1924 - 2011
Ezra Peace was born in Clint, Texas on May 18, 1924 to Will and Myrtle Peace. He went home to be with his Lord on June 16, 2011.
At the age of 3, his family moved to Globe, Ariz. and a year later moved to Pleasant Valley, Ariz., where he was raised.
He served in the Army in World War II in the South Pacific. He married his wife of 65 years, Norma Jean Haught on May 15, 1946.
Mr. Peace worked many jobs through the years. He worked as a cowboy growing up in Pleasant Valley and later in Tonto Basin. He worked drilling wells; in construction building houses; worked for Kaibab Lumber in Payson cutting and hauling logs; was a heavy equipment operator; owned the Payson Liquor Store; was a dispatcher and constable for Gila County Sheriff’s Office in Payson and retired as justice of the peace in Payson after 20 years of service.
Mr. Peace is survived by his wife, Norma Jean; brother, Edwin Peace; son, Boyd Peace; daughter, Verna (Peace) Cox (husband Larry); six grandchildren, Chelle (Cox) Hoey (husband Jimmy), Cheryl Cox, Brenda (Peace) Krischbaum (husband John), Will Peace, Aaron Peace and McKenna and Kylan Krischbaum, Anna, Bella and Noah Peace, Matthew and Briauna Kester; and many nephews and nieces.
A visitation will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Tuesday, June 21 at the new Messinger Mortuary Chapel, 901 S. Westerly Rd., Payson. Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m., Wednesday, June 22 at the Payson Pioneer Cemetery.
The family requests memorial contributions be made to Hospice Compassus of Payson or the charity of the donor’s choice.