George Theodore Peterson Jr. of Bountiful, passed away peacefully on July 8, 2018 in the home that he loved, with family having gathered to be with him. George died after a courageous seven year battle against cancer which he faced with dignity and an inspiring love for life.
George was born Nov. 11, 1936, to George Theodore Peterson and Mabel Benson. He served an honorable LDS mission in the New England States Mission from 1957-1959. George married the love of his life, Jean Fuguel on Sept. 1, 1961 in the Salt Lake Temple. He served with honor in the Army National Guard and was part of the activation of Battery B, 1st Target Acquisition Battalion 140th Artillery into federal service during The Berlin Cold War crisis. George loved the pursuit of education and knowledge, receiving degrees and certifications from the University of Utah, Drake University, Arizona State University, and Utah State University. His passion for education led him to a career of teaching high school for 48 years to an estimated 15,000 students that he cared deeply for.
George lived his life with honor and integrity. He loved the gospel of Jesus Christ and faithfully served in many callings as a life-long member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He had a deep devotion for his pioneer heritage and spent years doing family history work for them and serving in the temple. He loved traveling, fishing, learning by experience, and fixing things—anything. He personified his consistent statement to family, friends, and students that “you can do anything.” He truly was a gentle father and patient teacher.
George is survived by Jean, his wife of 56 years, his children, Tadd (Beth Chambers), Deborah (Daniel Bramall), Lance (Kristina Wilkinson), Rebecca (Michael Seegmiller), Brandie (Dirk Kossin), eighteen grandchildren and eight great grandchildren. His brothers and sister, John (Shannon Blunt), Stephen (Mary Alice Thompson), Sherry (Alan Blunt). He is preceded in death by his father, mother, sister (Renee Perschon), and grandson (Eric).
A service to celebrate and honor George will be held at 11 a.m., on Monday, July 16, 2018 at the LDS 5th Ward Chapel, 2633 S. 50 West, Bountiful. A viewing and family gathering will be held one hour prior to the service. Online guest book at www.russonmortuary.com.