Peter Jan George Davaz
Peter Davaz passed into eternal life at his home in Scottsdale, Ariz., on Dec. 7, 2011. He was born in 1947 in London to Stephan Liszkowski and Audrey Heathcote Davaz.
Peter attended Hampstead Parochial School as a youngster and showed early mechanical aptitude. He became a child actor, appearing in TV commercials.
Just prior to his 11th birthday, he emigrated to the U.S. with his mother and two older sisters, settling in Los Angeles. He continued acting, appearing on “The Rifleman,” “The Shirley Temple Storybook” and “My Three Sons,” while attending Bellagio Road School in Bel Air.
He graduated from University High School and enrolled in Santa Monica City College, studying photography. At SMCC, he began winning prizes for his photographs.
In 1968, Peter served in the U.S. Army in Vietnam. For his bravery when his platoon was ambushed by the Viet Cong and he single-handedly blew up a Viet Cong bunker, he was awarded the Bronze Star with a V device for valor, the Purple Heart and three air medals for combat air assault.
Back in the U.S., Peter worked as a photographer for Nikon and transferred with the company to Arizona, where he became an active member of Scottsdale Bible Church. Recently, he appeared in a commercial for the Arizona State Fair and was general manager for a theatrical production company in Scottsdale. For many years, Peter was an independent insurance broker.