April 16, 1927 – December 14, 2020
Our beloved Father, Grandfather, Great-Grandfather passed away on Monday, December 14, 2020. Pete was born on April 16, 1927 to Guy and Marie Fisher in Portland, OR. He moved to Phoenix, AZ when he was 3 years old and attended North High and Arizona State University where he received his Master’s Degree in Education. While living in Phoenix he met and married Marcia M. Fisher.
Pete, at the age of 17, served in the Navy as a signalman on the USS Tucson and had an honorable discharge after 2 years due to the ending of World War II. Pete taught 8th grade math and then became the principal at Encanto Elementary School before being promoted to Assistant Superintendent (Business Affairs) of the Osborn School District. His tenure with the Osborn School District spanned 34 years. Pete was a Rotarian with the Midtown Phoenix Chapter for several years and served as President from 1978 – 1979. Pete and his wife Marcia volunteered at Assistance League of Phoenix and they enjoyed giving back to the community.
Pete enjoyed traveling, golfing, fishing, hunting and spending summers in San Diego, CA and at the cabin in Munds Park, AZ. He enjoyed playing golf at Moon Valley Country Club, Continental Country Club in Flagstaff and Pinewood Country Club in Flagstaff for several years.
He leaves behind his sons, Scott Fisher and his wife Nancy Fisher, Brett Fisher, David Holland, Thomas Holland and his wife Deborah Holland, his grandchildren, Jennifer Fisher, Dustin Fisher, Zachary Holland and his wife Jeanne Holland, Lauren Kraushaar and great-grandchildren Edward Holland and Andrew Holland.
He will be missed very much and our hearts are full and content knowing that he is reunited with his wife of 54 years, Marcia Fisher, and other family members and friends in Heaven and enjoying God’s Glory. We thank him for teaching us discipline and how to love and enjoy life.
A private celebration of life has been held with family.
The family requests that donations be made in his memory to Phoenix Rotary 100, an organization whose motto is: Service above self. Condolences may be expressed at www.whitneymurphyfuneralhome.com.
Grace Switzer Reid
To the family of Peter Fisher: I was in Mr Fisher’s home room in eighth grade at Clarendon in the 1964-65 school year, the best year of my school life because of his influence: disciplined, humorous, human, inspiring, and a healing influence on my need for a protective rather than punitive father figure. He knew me well enough to know exactly the touch I needed to learn whatever lesson was important in the moment: sentence structure, personal hygiene, maths, relationships, and why it’s not right to leave graffiti on the bathroom walls. He was such an important and significant person in my developing years. I live in South Africa now, so you’ll know that his influence has reached far and wide. Can’t believe I missed him by only a couple of weeks. Sending my deepest condolences and thanks for fond memories.
Peter W. Fisher was a profound influence in my life, for which I am eternally grateful. What I gained from the eighth grade curriculum at Clarendon Grade School was far eclipsed by what I learned from Mr. Fisher himself.
In the nearly 60 years since I sat in his classroom, I have consulted Mr. Fisher through my memory banks on hundreds of occasions. He was a living library, colorfully sharing his extensive personal knowledge of people, places, ideas, and things. He was a gift to me as a lifelong learner, which I gratefully celebrate as we mark the passing of this remarkable gentleman.
Linda (Holloway) James-Trujillo