Kenneth D Peterson, 87, beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, son, and brother passed away peacefully at his home in St. George, Utah, surrounded by his family on December 22nd.

Ken was born October 2nd, 1934 to Lester David and Julia Gladys Peterson in Lehi, Utah. After graduating from Lehi High School, where he enjoyed playing football and baseball, Ken served in the Army and then in the Eastern States Mission from 1954 to 1957.

He married his eternal sweetheart, Judith Kaye Cockayne, on December 29th, 1958, and is survived by 6 children, 27 grandchildren and 22 great grandchildren.

Ken served in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Educational System for 37 years in Arizona, California, Indiana and surrounding states, Skyline High School, University of Utah, and Salt Lake Community College.

After retiring, Ken and Judy served three CES missions at the University of Hawaii, BYU Hawaii, and Southern Virginia University, two missions at the Lindon and St. George Bishop’s Storehouses, as well as volunteers at the St. George Temple. Students and adults have loved Brother Peterson’s lessons and insights throughout the years. Dad was actively teaching Come, Follow Me lessons to his family until the week before he passed.

Ken served in several callings in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He loved serving as Bishop of the East Millcreek 7th Ward and loved teaching in any capacity.

Ken was preceded in death by his son, Gerald, who died soon after birth, his mother, father, stepmother (Ruth Peterson), brother (Keith Peterson) and sister (Shirley Tripp).

He is survived by his loving wife Judy and children: Leslie Mix (Paul), Julie VanLeeuwen (Joe), Brian Peterson (Shauna), Brent Peterson (Misti), Amy Smart (Dave), Andy Peterson (Rebekka) and his brother, Glade (Lola).

All services will be held at the East Millcreek 7th Ward building (3408 South Celeste Way, Salt Lake City, Utah). A viewing will be held Wednesday, December 29th, from 6-8 pm and on Thursday, December 30th from 10-10:45 am prior to funeral services starting at 11:00 am. We encourage the wearing of masks. Interment will take place at the Lehi City Cemetery following the services.

We express gratitude to our Heavenly Father for the example of faith, service, kindness, wisdom, and for the mild good nature of Ken Peterson.

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Wednesday, Dec. 29, 2021 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
East Millcreek 7th Ward
3408 South Celeste Way
Salt Lake City, UT

Funeral Service

Thursday, Dec. 30, 2021 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
East Millcreek 7th Ward
3408 South Celeste Way
Salt Lake City, UT

Livestream Service

Thursday, Dec. 30, 2021 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Services Handled By

Larkin Mortuary
260 E South Temple
Salt Lake City, UT

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Dec 27, 2021

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