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Peter John Mariluch
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Peter John Mariluch passed away at Renown Regional Medical Center Saturday, June 19, 2010 after a brief illness. Pete was born on October 29, 1919 in Elko, Nevada to French Basque immigrants Domingo and Marie (Iribarren) Mariluch. He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Marguerite (Mariluch) Callahan.

Pete was raised in Eureka, Nevada, where his father ran sheep in the area. When Pete was 14 years old, his father had no one to take the sheep from Eureka to Tonopah. Our dad walked those sheep alone to Tonopah. 163 miles. The family moved to Reno in 1938, where Pete attended the University of Nevada before leaving for the Army and World War II in Europe. He served as an advance scout for the Patton's troops and helped liberate several concentration camps. He was awarded the Bronze Star for bravery in action.

Upon returning home, Pete began a banking career as a janitor at Nevada Bank of Commerce and after over 40 years in the banking business, he retired as Senior Executive Vice President at Pioneer Citizens Bank. He never missed a day of work and rumor has it he never had a loan go bad on him.

Pete enjoyed visiting Lake Tahoe, Basque restaurants, bowling, the San Francisco 49ers and, most of all, family and friends. He was a member of the Prospectors Club, the American Banking Association, the Reno Elks Club, and the Reno Zazpiak Bat Basque Club. Pete is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Faye, as well as son John and daughter-in-law Lori – daughter Michele Thompson – grandchildren Peter and Jane Mariluch and Eric Thompson along with great-granddaughter Brianna Thompson. His extended family includes his niece, Jacquelyn (and Mike) Newmarker of Reno and his nephew, Rod (and Charlotte) Callahan of Palm Springs.

Dad was a loving son, sheepherder, miner, war hero, banker, husband, father, friend to all who knew him and our rock.

If a man can be measured by how much he was loved, Peter Mariluch was great beyond measure. We can't begin to imagine how much we will miss him.

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