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Russell Vincent "Grandpa Pete" Peterson

Russell Vincent "Grandpa Pete" Peterson

Male 1914 - 2001  (86 years)  Submit Photo / DocumentSubmit Photo / Document    Has 2 ancestors and 6 descendants in this family tree.

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  • Name Russell Vincent Peterson 
    Nickname Grandpa Pete 
    Born 6 Dec 1914  Santaquin, Utah, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Initiatory (LDS) 10 Oct 1938  SLAKE Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Died 7 Jan 2001  Orem, Utah, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Santaquin City Cemetery, Utah, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
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    Person ID I102165  mytree
    Last Modified 14 Mar 2022 

    Father Peter Engelbret Peterson,   b. 11 Aug 1880, Santaquin, Utah, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Jun 1924, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 43 years) 
    Mother Julia Elvira Olsen,   b. 12 Jul 1885, Santaquin, Utah, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Aug 1965  (Age 80 years) 
    Married 21 Jan 1903  Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F31410  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Phyllis "Grandma Pete" Giles,   b. 10 Oct 1917, Lehi, Utah, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Feb 2016, Orem, Utah, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 98 years) 
    Married 10 Oct 1938  Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
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    Last Modified 16 May 2022 
    Family ID F31409  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 6 Dec 1914 - Santaquin, Utah, Utah, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsInitiatory (LDS) - 10 Oct 1938 - SLAKE Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 10 Oct 1938 - Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 7 Jan 2001 - Orem, Utah, Utah, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Santaquin City Cemetery, Utah, Utah, United States Link to Google Earth
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    Pin Legend  : Address       : Location       : City/Town       : County/Shire       : State/Province       : Country       : Not Set

  • Headstones
    Peterson, Russell V b1914 - Giles, Phyllis b1917
    Peterson, Russell V b1914 - Giles, Phyllis b1917

  • Notes 
    • Obituary: Russell Vincent Peterson
      Deseret News, Wednesday Jan. 10, 2001

      "Grandpa Pete"
      Our husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, uncle, friend, mentor and teacher, Russell Vincent Peterson, age 86, died at home January 7, 2001, of complications due to age and Parkinson's disease.

      Russell was born in Santaquin, Utah, December 6, 1914. He was the fifth of seven children born to Peter E. and Julia Elvira Olsen Peterson.

      Russell attended grammar school in Santaquin, UT and graduated from Payson High School, where he sang in all the musical plays and programs. He won the Curtis Medal in both vocal and instrumental categories. He attended BYU for one year. During his freshman year at BYU he sang the lead in the opera, "Sundance," and sang with the university's traveling entertainment troupe. He moved to California where he met and courted Phyllis Giles. They were sealed in the Salt Lake LDS Temple on October 10, 1938.

      Russell continued his education at UCLA and later graduated from Los Angeles State College. Besides becoming an outstanding school teacher and principal, he excelled in everything he did. Among many other skills and accomplishments, Russell became a quality welder at Western Pipe and Steel, he became a real estate broker and a successful salesman, and he operated his own furniture store, Russell's Furniture, for 17 years. While in the furniture business he learned to lay carpet, studied how furniture was made, and discovered everything he could to become an expert in the furniture business. This quest for excellence was typical of his efforts in every endeavor he undertook.

      After a successful and varied professional career, he retired from the L.A. Unified School District in 1977.

      Other than his family, Russell's main love was music. He sang his first solo at age four and directed his first choir at the age of eleven. He directed a young adult choir, known as "The Californians," that traveled and performed throughout the state of California. Russell was blessed with a wonderful singing voice. He sang hundreds of solos in
      myriads of places. He sang the solo, and also directed the 200-voice-choir, at the dedication of the Los Angeles Temple.

      He moved his family back to Utah in 1969 and soon became well known and oft-utilized for his vocal talents as well as for his conducting expertise. He continued his choir directing in each ward and stake where he resided.

      A faithful member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Russell held many positions including High Councilor and Bishop. In 1984, he and his wife, Phyllis, served in the Singapore Mission of the LDS Church, including India, Indonesia, Singapore and Malaysia. He was loved by all the people he met and taught. Russell and Phyllis continue to hear from many people in those countries. Russell loved to teach and preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ. He was a wise and gifted man. Everyone was his friend, as he touched the lives of everyone he knew. He was a wonderful father and grandfather. He loved to be with his grandchildren and was always teaching them something. His animated story-telling and famous "mush-eating races" will be some of the "grandpa" memories dearly missed. He was not only a wonderful father and grandfather to his own grandchildren and great-grandchildren, but was loved and revered by many others. He was affectionately known as "Grandpa Pete" to all the families in his Orem neighborhood.

      Russell is survived by his wife, Phyllis, of 62 years; five daughters and one son: Judy (Dennis) Johns, Lindon, Utah; Jeannie (LaVorn, Jr.) Sparks, Paraguay; Janalee Free, Julie (Robert) Deucher, Rita Taylor, and Russell Jr. (Colleen) Peterson, all of Orem; 35 grandchildren and 29 great-grandchildren; one brother, Oran (Adella) Peterson, Honeyville, Utah, and one sister, Eunice Cloward, Salt Lake City. He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, three sisters, and one grandchild.

      Funeral services will be held Saturday, January 13, 2001, at 11 a.m. in the Orem Aspen Stake Center, 965 West 2000 North, Orem. Friends may call at the Walker Sanderson Funeral Home, 646 East 800 North, Orem on Friday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. and at the Stake Center on Saturday morning from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. prior to service. Burial will be in the Santaquin City Cemetery.

      The family would like to express thanks to family, friends and neighbors for their support. Exceptional gratitude is offered to Michael Hunt and the Hospice staff of Vista Care.