Pete Incardona (Pete the Miner) breathed his last in the early evening of Nov. 1, 2019. He left behind his love Kerry Baffa and her children Ian Baffa and Amy Baffa; Erica Griffith he loved as a daughter and her son David Bishop; mother Elsie Incardona; sisters: Christine (Leon) Smith and Carla (Dennis) Ford; children Alana Romanova, Annetta Louise Kelley, Anthony James Incardona; grandsons Orion Heller and Lincoln Kelley. He was preceded in death by his father Carlo Incardona. Pete was included as an adopted father, son and brother to many and a best friend to all.
Pete was born to Carlo and Elsie Incardona in Illinois in June 1948, where his grandfather Pete was a stone artist. The family moved to Arizona in 1954. Not inclined to be the best student in school he went on to be educated by life.
Pete was at last, a third generation stone artist, starting with small gem and mineral shows and later 23 years at The Celebration of Fine Art in Scottsdale. He mined, logged and fished in Arizona and Alaska. He made a monster truck before they were a thing, did an Arizona Outdoors segment on removing non-native carp with traps he designed in a boat he built. He worked in the shooting gallery at Legend City, helped to build the bridge at Roosevelt Lake where he later worked as a deputy doing lake search and rescue. He became a good ally of Wickenburg law enforcement and the Wickenburg Fire Department. He built a venue at Mistress Mine in Cave Creek from the ground up. Warner Brothers hired him behind the scenes and on set. He was the dog musher in Steven Segal’s On Deadly Ground and spent eight seasons with Ty Pennington on Extreme Makeover Home Edition. He helped with building the Alaska pipeline and in mopping up the Exxon Valdez oil spill. He had art galleries in Cave Creek, Aguila, Wickenburg and Yarnell and his artwork is everywhere.
Pete died a good man and a loved man. To him, living meant willful giving to others and hard work. He believed in Jesus as his Lord and Savior.
A Memorial gathering for Pete the Miner will be held Dec. 15, from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. at Coffinger Park, 155 N. Tegner St. in Wickenburg.