Peter Finnell Mysing

Posted: Monday, September 13, 2010

Well-known Kenai attorney Peter Finnell Mysing passed away Sunday night, Sept. 5, 2010, in an automobile accident. He was 59.

The funeral will be held at the Our Lady of the Angels Catholic Church on Wednesday, Sept. 15 at 4 p.m. with a reception to follow. There will not be a viewing. The rosary will be held at the church on Tuesday, Sept. 14 at 7 p.m.

Peter was born on July 17, 1951, in Sacramento, CA., to Janet and Peter Mysing. He graduated from Sacramento High School, the University of California, Davis and UCLA Law School, passing the bar both in California and Alaska. Peter came to Alaska in 1976 to spend a school quarter working in the public defender's office as a law intern under Barbara Miracle, the assistant public defender. Mysing was given the opportunity to argue before the Supreme Court of Alaska in the case of State v. Stump, a rare opportunity for an intern. His experience led to a lasting love of Alaska, which he tried to impart to all of those lucky enough to visit him. Upon graduation from law school, he returned to Alaska and became a partner with the law firm Drathman, Weidner, and Mysing. Eventually Peter opened his own office in Kenai, where he litigated more than 63 appellate cases in his wide-ranging legal practice. He adopted Kenai as his home and was active in its affairs as a member of the Elks Club, as a past exalted ruler of the Elks Lodge and as president of the Elks for the state of Alaska. He was voted Elks Man of the Year by his club. He was the longest serving board member of the Nikiski Recreational Service Area. In addition, Peter also championed John Williams' bid for lieutenant governor.

As a child, Peter developed a fascination with trains, stemming from the fact that his great, great grandfather, Cyrus Kurtz Holliday, was the founder and first president of the Santa Fe Railroad. Mysing loved to collect model trans and add them to his intricate diorama and running stock. His joy was to stand in the middle of the room and control his locomotives as they chugged around.

Peter was an avid family man. He supported all of the activities of his children and could often be seen chauffeuring them from one sporting event to another. He carefully displayed their artwork in his office and cheered on their many accomplishments.

Peter will be remembered for his great sense of humor, the care he devoted to his law practice, his fun-loving nature and his dedication to and love of his family and friends.

He is survived by his wife, Dawn of the family home; children, Cierra Mysing of Soldotna, Trevor, Caleb and Michael Mysing and Chenae Wright, Jared Yamamoto of Kenai and sisters and brothers-in-law, Susan and Ron Miller of King City, CA., and Katherine and Philip McKibbin of Sacramento, CA; and many nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Boys and Girls Club of Kenai.

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