Millard “Metch” Frank Meccia
September 5, 1928 - May 31, 2013
Millard Frank “Metch” Meccia, 84 years young, of Cottonwood, entered into eternal life on May 31, 2013. Millard was born Sept. 5, 1928 in Parsons, Kan. He was raised in Chicago, Ill. by his father and mother, Peter and Alethia Meccia.
Mr. Meccia loved music and began playing music while in high school as a member of the Harrison Tech High School Band. His love of music continued throughout his life.
In 1946 he joined the U.S. Army and was later a member of the U.S. Army 5th Infantry Band.
While in the Army he met the love of his life, Mary, also known by past and current family and friends as “Dal.” They married after about 18 months and then moved to Phoenix, where Mr. Meccia gained employment with Central Arizona Light and Power Company (APS). He worked in various communities throughout Arizona until his retirement in Cottonwood in 1984 as lead customer representative in the Verde Valley area.
He later was part owner of Prop Menders and Welding Co. in Cottonwood and then owned an electrical design business for residential and commercial purposes.
Mr. Meccia has been a past chairman of the Town of Cottonwood Planning and Zoning Committee; a past member of the Keep America Beautiful Committee and a member of the Cottonwood Community Band. He was also a past member of the Glendale, Williams and Jerome B.P.O. Elks Lodges, as well as a member and the first exalted ruler of the Payson Elks Lodge.
Mr. Meccia is survived by his wife of 65 years, Mary; son, Curtis Meccia of Casa Grande; daughter, Kathy Johnsen of Pocatello, Idaho; five grandchildren, Timothy and Cindi Meccia, Glenis and Lori Anderson and Chrisandra Middleton; and brothers and sisters, Michael and Barry Jacobs and Jim and Betty Snook.
Mr. Meccia was preceded in death by son, Clint; sisters, Mary Lee and B.J. Horn; and his mother and father, Alethia and Peter Meccia.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, June 8 at Westcott Funeral Home in Cottonwood. VFW Post 7400 will provide military honors.
Donations may be made in Mr. Meccia’s name to Northern Arizona Hospice, 269 S. Candy Lane, Cottonwood, AZ 86326.
An online guestbook is available to sign at www.westcottfuneralhome.com.