Donald Peterson obituary (1946-2021) – Orem, UT

Donald M. Peterson, Jr. was born July 25, 1946 in Salina, Utah to Donald M. Peterson, Sr., and Thora Colby Peterson. Don was the second of three children and the only boy. His siblings include Thera Maughan and Sherian Fleming. In 1964 he graduated from Granite High School. From 1964 to 1970 he served as a corporal in the United States Marine Corps. From 1965 to 1967 he served in the Melbourne Australia Mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He married Sandra Kay Hansen on March 15, 1968 in the Salt Lake Temple. They had four boys and one girl: Troy Donald Peterson (Teresa), Craig M. Peterson (Tamara), Erik Peterson (Jolynn), Becky Ann Peterson, and David Harold Peterson (Alexzandria). His wife Sandra died in 1986. He later married Judy Ann Fullmer on August 15, 1997 in the West Bank Temple and sealed in the Mount Timpanogos Temple a year later. She had three children into the marriage, Kelli Ann Holt (Christopher), Stephen Layne Standifird (Tresha), and Susan Eileen Otto (Andy). Don loved having the opportunity from 2017-2019 to serve a mission with his wife, Judy, in the Singapore-Malaysia Mission where they served as MLS missionaries. The mission president and Sister Simmons recently said: “We are deeply saddened to hear of the loss of Elder Don Peterson.
He has had many job changes over the course of his life. Early in his career he worked on the premises for the University of Utah and then worked for the Salt Lake Housing Authority as a maintenance manager where he earned his HVAC license. He then moved to Emery County, Utah. There he ran his own business, Don Peterson Appliance Repair, and worked for United Parcel Service. In 1986 he moved with his family to Provo, Utah, where he worked as the store manager for Lube Doc. After leaving Lube Doc, he ran his own business, Rollin ‘Lube. While still at Rollin ‘Lube, he began working as an HVAC engineer for the Utah State National Guard. Eventually he found his dream job as an HVAC engineer at Brigham Young University, where he worked for 12 and a half years and retired in 2012. After retiring, he continued to work for his private company, DPA Heating & Air Conditioning, LLC.
Don was always a loving, kind person and loved helping other people. Don could often be found helping a neighbor, a stranger, or his children. He loved teasing his children, grandchildren, and anyone else he could. He was never too old to get on the floor and play with his grandchildren.
Don was a devoted member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He has a strong testimony of the gospel of Jesus Christ and has never been shy about sharing his testimony with others. He lived the gospel every day. He was a spiritual giant. Don has served in many callings throughout his life. He has always loved missionary work. He served as a temple worker in both Provo Temple and Provo City Center Temple for many years, and absolutely loved his time in the temple and enjoyed training and helping others to serve in the temple.
Don was very patriotic. He was honored to serve in the United State Marine Corps.
The world lost a spiritual giant on November 18, 2021 when Don was brought home after a tragic car accident. We know that on the other hand, he was greeted by many loved ones. Don was preceded in death by his parents, Donald M. Peterson, Sr., and Thora Colby Peterson; Sister Thera Maughan; first wife, Sandra Kay Hansen Peterson; Daughter Becky Ann Peterson; and grandson, Jeremy Scott Peterson and Weston Lane Peterson.
The memorial service will be held on Wednesday, November 24, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. at Sunset 3rd Ward Chapel, 1090 West 1020 South, Provo, Utah. If you are unable to attend in person, you can attend from a computer or phone via Zoom at (Passcode: 497649). Friends and family can call the Provo Mountain Mortuary, 185 East Center Street, 6:00 pm-8:00pm or the chapel an hour before the service on Wednesdays. The funeral will take place at Larkin Sunset Gardens, 1950 East 10600 South, Sandy, Utah.
Thank you to everyone who reached out to family members and shared stories, love and concern.
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Published by Berg Mortuary of Provo on November 22, 2021.

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