Shirl Ralph Petersen (Pete) slipped away into the arms of his loving heavenly father on July 1, 2020 in the home where he and his "Lil' Jo" raised their 4 children. He was born on March 20, 1941 in Bountiful, Utah to Ralph Petersen and Myrtle Mary Nielsen. He married the love of his life JoAnn Timothy (his "Lil' Jo") on July 14, 1961. They lived in Woods Cross until 1976, then moved back to Bountiful. Pete & Jo are members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and were sealed in the Salt Lake City Temple on March 23rd 2002.

Pete was a cement contractor for several years and retired as a truck driver for Staker Parson in 2010. For many years, he was a member of Mountain Men of The Wasatch. He tanned his own hides and made his own buckskins by hand; and made muzzle loader and flintlock riffles. Pete taught many people hunters’ safety as well as spoke in schools of Mountain Manning and living off the land.

Pete will be sorely missed by all who knew him, and will forever remember his grumpiness and 3 of his famous sayings; "Shut The Damn Door" to everyone who came in the door, "Don't do Dumb Stuff" to everyone who walked out the door, as well as "Don't Block My Damn Driveway' to everyone who came to visit!

Pete is survived by his children: Kelly (Crystal) Petersen, Terry (Jerry) Petersen-Deschamp, and Shawn Petersen. He had 9 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. He is proceeded in death by his only daughter Khristine Jackson, grandson Chace Bastian, his parents, and siblings Cora Pack, Devola Larsen, Carma Nelson, & Kenneth Petersen.

Because of the virus, there will be a short viewing held 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. on Monday, July 6, 2020 at the Bountiful 43rd Ward 990 North 100 West in Bountiful, Utah. Graveside Service/Funeral will be held at the Bountiful City Cemetery 2224 South 200 West in Bountiful, Utah at 11:00 a.m. Please bring your own chair for the graveside services.

Special Thanks for the Tender Loving Care by Stefanie, Ashlie, & Angela from Atlas Hospice, your loving presents in our home made a huge difference in mom & dad’s life!


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Serenicare Funeral Home
2281 South West Temple
Salt Lake City, UT

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Jul 02, 2020

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I'll miss hearing Shirl call from upstairs when we came to visit teach and minister to Jo.

He was always so welcoming. Our love to Jo and your family.

Reuben R./Carol J. Anderson Jul 03, 2020