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Anaheim/OC Walk of Stars to Induct Peter Muth, Local Businessman and Philanthropist
ANAHEIM, CA - (December 11, 2009) - Peter Muth, Orange County businessman, co-founder of ORCO Block Co., and generous philanthropist, will be honored posthumously with a star on the Anaheim/OC Walk of Stars at a 1:00 p.m. ceremony on Tuesday, December 15.  The star will be accepted by Mrs. Peter (Mary) Muth, and their son Rick Muth.  The ceremony will take place on Harbor Blvd., near Disney Way. 

“The Anaheim/OC Walk of Stars is a tribute to members of our community who have contributed to make Orange County a thriving economic region,” said City of Anaheim Mayor Curt Pringle.  “Peter Muth was one such man, and it is a privilege to honor him with a permanent star for all to see, so we can learn and follow him as an example of a devoted family man and businessman.”

Muth, with his father George Muth and brother-in-law Frank Hertz, founded the ORCO Block Company in 1946.  Over the years, ORCO literally has provided the foundation on which much of Southern California is built. ORCO also has become one of the top 10 concrete block manufacturers in the nation.  In 1989, Muth and ORCO Block were named Manufacturing Entrepreneurs of the year by Arthur Young and Inc. Magazine for L.A. County.

It was not uncommon for Muth to pour many hours daily into work, yet he made time to be with his family and to do charitable affairs. 

Each year Peter and his wife Mary contributed money to more than 75 non-profit organizations including Goodwill Industries, the American Red Cross, the United Way and the YMCA Hotel for homeless women. They also provided anonymous scholarships to needy students at Mater Dei High School.

Muth led an interesting life.  As a young boy he was raised on a Crow Indian reservation in Montana, and knew General George Custer’s Indian scout Curley.  He was a private pilot for 45 years and once piloted his plane as far north as the Arctic Circle, as far south as Costa Rica, and even circled the Statue of Liberty.

Muth, passed away in December of 2003 at the age of 88.

Muth’s star will be the 12th on the Anaheim/OC Walk of Stars.  Past recipients include Walt Disney, Margaret and Carl Karcher, Henry and Susan Samueli, the Yorba family, the Taormina family, Gene Autry, Monsignor John Sammon, restaurateur Bruno Serato, The Righteous Brothers, Donna and John Crean, and Dr. Sammy Lee.  

For more information, please visit www.anaheim.net, keyword “Walk of Stars.”
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