BOUNTIFUL — She knows it’s a long shot, but even the remotest chance that someone has her father’s long-lost photos is worth pursuing.
Debra Peter’s father, Shelby Jacob Dyer, passed away in 1975, when she was just a teenager.
He had served in World War II, married, started a family and moved with his family to a number of cities for his work in the oil fields.
It was during one of those moves, in 1964, that either their car or the trailer with all their belongings in it broke down.
They were in Bountiful.
The way Peter heard the story, they stayed in a motel in Bountiful and put their things in a garage there until they could return for it.
When he was finally able to return in 1967, her father found that the motel and the garage were gone and no one knew what had happened to the things inside.
“The stuff is irrelevant,” said Peter, though she said they had “a lot of silver and stuff.”
What she would really like to find after all these years, are the photos and documents relating to their family and her father’s service in the war.
She knows he served aboard a ship in the South Pacific, was a guard for Admiral William Halsey, Jr., and was involved in the hostilities at Guadalcanal.
She has his military records, but said they are vague, and she would love to learn more by seeing the pictures.
Peter, who now lives in Casper, Wyo., is looking for a book with the Marine’s bulldog mascot on it and asked the Clipper to help get the word out in case anyone knows its whereabouts.
“I don’t imagine it’s really artistic,” she said. “It’s just what he did when he was a kid.”
Maybe somebody gave it to a museum, she said. Maybe somebody has seen it and doesn’t know what to do with it.
If that’s the case, they can reach her at 307-266-1389.