Meseck would later work for the Glendale YMCA alongside Don Galleher, an 80-year-old Glendale resident who worked under the former mayor for 17 years. Galleher recalls Meseck as a kind, community-oriented man.
“He was the kind of person that was constantly helping people out,” Galleher said. “If he’d see somebody that was down and out, he’d hand them money or find them a job — whatever it took for that person to get them on their feet.”
As chief executive of the Glendale YMCA, Meseck played a large role in raising funds to transform Camp Fox on Catalina Island from a barren piece of land to a premier camp for youth. He managed the fundraising that would provide the camp’s new dining hall, and permanent villas with roofs where tents previously had been pitched.
“He thought lives could be changed at Camp Fox,” Galleher said. “He loved to see boys and girls get off to the right start in life. He believed in camping with his whole heart and soul.”
Meseck served as Glendale’s mayor for two terms. The first was from April 1973 to April 1974, the second was from October 1974 to April 1975 during his 12 years on City Council.
Meseck was also a long-serving board member on what is now the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority.
He had three children with his first wife Sherry — Scott, Laurie and Reed. He would later marry Sandy and raise her daughters, Kim, Lesley and Stacey, as his own, according to a notice from his family.
In 1984, Meseck would move with Sandy to Oregon, where he pursued his passion for growing and selling Christmas trees on a piece of land the couple purchased outside of Silver Falls.
His family issued a statement that said Meseck was “meticulous for the perfect tree and loved his time in Oregon.”
Meseck is survived by his wife, six children, nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Private family services were held in Oregon.