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Remembering the life of education leader Pete Mehas

Friends remember the life of Pete Mehas and the impact he made on education throughout the Central Valley and the state
Pete Mehas was an educator, an athlete and a loyal Fresno State Bulldog.

He lived for 73 years and inspired many along the way.

"Today we lost an educational hero for all of us. I mean he has just been a tremendous leader in this community," said Jim Yovino, Fresno County superintendent. 

Mehas died at Saint Agnes Hospital from a ruptured thoracic aortic aneurysm, according to reports.

Word spread quickly and shocked everyone who knew him.

"The initial reaction was very shocked, having just spoke to Dr. Mehas this past Thursday at the city council meeting. He was wearing his normal smile and cracking jokes," said Moses Menchaca, Fresno State ASI president.

He was a mentor and a friend to Moses Menchaca ASI president at Fresno State.

"Just his eagerness and his desire to benefit students was something that I think most students as well as most people in acadameia look up to," said Menchaca.

In his early years Mehas played football for Fresno State he was on the 1961 Mercy Bowl team and became the Fresno County athletic hall of fame president.

He dedicated most of his life to education serving Fresno County schools as a teacher, a superintendent and a motivational leader.

"A tremendous advocate in the community and not just for Fresno by itself or Fresno County but his impact was throughout the entire valley and across the state," said Larry Powell, friend of Mehas.

A huge loss for the valley but his name will live on through his accomplishments and the people he inspired.
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