Geza Kmetty Obituary – The Arizona Republic

Geza Kmetty

Phoenix – On December 12, 2021, Geza Emmerich Kmetty passed away peacefully. He spent 81 wonderful years with his family and friends but was called to be with his wife Esther (Mariassy) who predeceased him in 2017.

Geza was born in Hungary in 1940 as World War II was raging. During the Hungarian Revolution of 1956, he escaped oppression, leaving his parents behind. He fled to Austria and came to the United States as an immigrant where he began a new life and new adventures as a teenager. Geza first lived in Denver after graduating from high school and starting at Regis College.

While vacationing in Arizona, he met a “lovely Hungarian girl” named Esther on a blind date and she became the love of his life and his future wife. He followed Esther to Arizona State University and earned a degree in civil engineering. Over the course of a distinguished career, he established several engineering companies and earned a respected reputation among his industry colleagues. Later, he became a proponent of value engineering, promoting both the civil engineering profession and the methodology of value with anyone he struck up a conversation with.

Early in his life and in college, Geza was an accomplished fencer who taught at Regis College, the Air Force Academy, and Arizona State University. Geza then found another passion in life, fly fishing, where he spent many weekends with his family and friends traveling throughout Arizona and many parts of the western United States. United in search of calm streams and gentle lakes to fight fish with lines tight with hoops and loud cries. when he caught the “big one”.

Esther and Geza started a family in their adopted country of Phoenix. Geza is survived by his daughter, Viki (and her husband Russell Snedden), his sons Tony and Chris (and his wife Jessica) and 10 grandchildren…Katrina, Elise, Peti, Anna, Tyler, Kate, David, Daniel, Selah and Caleb.

Whether you know Geza as a family member, friend, coach or colleague, you can expect an open house for travelers, a welcoming hug, a great meal, a fun story, discussions about any subject, including politics, or to stories of his love for all things Hungarian. all interactions ending with a long goodbye, followed by another hug.

Services for Geza will be held March 4 at 10 a.m. at St Theresa’s Catholic Church located at 5043 East Thomas Road in Phoenix. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Arizona State University Foundation’s Kmetty Family Endowment, to benefit ASU Civil Engineering students. [email protected]

Posted on January 21, 2022

Posted in The Arizona Republic