1939 ~ 2013|
Fredric Grant Peterson passed away Thursday, August 15, 2013. He has been called home to serve in eternity the God he loved and served so well in life. He is a man of duty, honor, integrity, strength and compassion. The world has lost one of its truly noble men.
Grant was born in Salt Lake City, Utah on January 6, 1939 to William Overn Peterson and Margaret Elsa Thompson. After graduating from Salt Lake City's East High School and East High School's ROTC in 1957 he began his study of mathematics at the University of Utah. He served two and a half years (1959 -1961) as a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the West Spanish American Mission. He earned Bachelors, Masters and Doctorate degrees in Mathematics from the University of Utah, where he also graduated from the Army ROTC.
Grant married Kathleen Louise Burbidge, the love of his life, on August 21, 1963 in the Logan Utah Temple. Together they have seven children: William, Bradley, Marinda, Jennifer, James, Bryce and Bryan. They also have 30 grandchildren.
Grant dedicated his life to the service of his God, his family, his country and his fellowmen. As an active member of the LDS Church, he served in many capacities, including: LDS Army Chaplain, gospel doctrine teacher, counselor in a bishopric, ward and stake clerk, high counselor, and Temple Square visitor guide and home teacher. He had a great understanding of the doctrines of the restoration and enjoyed teaching them. He never missed a home teaching visit. His testimony of the gospel, and his faith in the Lord Jesus Christ never wavered.
Grant loved his family and took tremendous pride in their accomplishments. He received the nickname "Furry Bear" from his oldest daughter, which symbolized the fact that underneath a firm exterior was the heart of a teddy bear. He never forgot a birthday, and he participated in every church ordinance or ordination in his extended family, often traveling long distances to do so. He was a constant presence at the musical, dramatic, scouting and athletic events of his children and grandchildren. He was a source of unyielding strength to his family at all times and in all ways. He loved music and was an accomplished pianist and drummer. He also enjoyed attending classical music performances, the theater, photography and collecting teddy bears.
Grant served for 30 years as an LDS Chaplain in the United States Army and Army Reserve, retiring at the rank of Colonel. He served tours of duty in Vietnam, where he was awarded the Bronze Star, and in Operation Desert Storm. For many years he served as the senior chaplain for the Army's 96th Army Command, headquartered at Fort Douglas in Salt Lake City, Utah. As chaplain, he counseled and comforted thousands of soldiers as they served their country.
He taught for 34 years as a professor at Brigham Young University in the Marriott School of Managements' School of Accountancy and in the College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences. During his tenure he had was able to teach a great majority of the students who passed through the accounting program and help them prepare for their careers.
Grant is survived by his loving wife Kathleen, his children William (Rebekah) of Alpine, Utah, Bradley (Alice) of Marshall, Michigan, Marinda (John) Bennion of Allen, Texas, Jennifer (Kenneth) Cox of Murrieta, California, James (Mary) of Stafford, Virginia, Bryce (Jaclyn) of Chandler, Arizona and Bryan of Orem, Utah; his brother Jared Hemingway (Ester) Peterson of Wheaton, Illinois, and 30 grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his father, mother, brother William Clayne Peterson, and sister-in-law Clarka Bayles Peterson.
Funeral services will be Wednesday, August 21, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. at the Orem Utah Orchard Stake Center, 810 East 600 North, Orem, Utah. Friends may visit with family Tuesday evening from 6-8 p.m. at the Walker Sanderson Funeral Home, 646 East 800 North, Orem and Wednesday, morning August 21st 9:30-10:40 a.m. at the stake center. Interment will be at the Logan City Cemetery.
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Published in Deseret News on Aug. 18, 2013