Amotz Peretz was born on May 15, 1953 on Kibbutz Ein Dor in the Jezreel Valley,to Menachem and Tzippora. He studied at both the elementary and high schools of the kibbutz. As a child his passion was the cello, which required that he make difficult weekly trips to Heftzibah to learn to play.
His induction into the Armored Corps of the IDF was deferred for a year while he served as a well-respected and beloved scout leader for HaShomer HaTzair in Petach Tikva.
In the army he did several courses including tank commander, and was in the final days of the course when the war broke out. His unit was sent to Sinai to rescue the 'Milano' outpost at the canal, but after hooking up with them, all were ordered to retreat. They found refuge in an abandoned house in Kantara, where he found the physical and mental strength to keep watch at the window for 2 days straight, until discovered and shot by the Egyptians.
For many years he was considered Missing in Action (MIA) and then as dead but whose burial place was unknown. When his body was finally found, he was buried in the Kibbutz Ein Dor cemetery.