Arvel Blair Peterson was welcomed home to the arms of his proud and loving Father in Heaven on July 27, 2014. Born March 10, 1918, in Spring City, Utah, he was the oldest child of Arvel Hogan Peterson and Clatie LaVern King. Due to his upbringing on a farm, Blair will always be admired for his devoted work ethic that became a lifelong trait. He was raised in Spring City and graduated from Sanpete High School.
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Blair faithfully served the Lord and the people of the Southern U.S. from 1941-1944 on an LDS mission. Immediately following his mission, he enlisted with the Marine Corps and served his country during World War II. While fearlessly fighting on the front lines, Blair was injured in Okinawa and received a Purple Heart to honor his heroism.
Along with many others, Blair will be joyfully rejoined with his loving eternal sweetheart, Norma Annie Hansen. Blair and Norma were married for time and all eternity on July 19, 1946, in the Manti LDS Temple. After a short residence in Salt Lake City, they made their home in Granger, Utah, where they resided for about 17 years.
Blair's desire to provide a happy home for his family drove him to work several jobs at a time. He and Norma also made it a priority to go on adventures with their children every summer, allowing them to see many parts of the western United States. He and Norma bought a taffy shop in Salt Lake City, and later built Julie Ann's Taffy Shop in Granger. When they relocated to Logan, they owned and operated W. F. Jensen's Candy Factory. After selling the candy factory, Blair became a dairy equipment and sanitation supply salesman.
Blair's favorite part of everything he did was the people involved. He worked hard so that he could help others and was never concerned for his own gain. He was active in politics, as he was a member of the American Party, worked door-to-door surveys and served as a delegate for a political party convention. Blair also offered much of his time in service to his church. His various church callings included Stake Missionary, Elder's Quorum President, Ward Clerk, Sunday School President, Home Teacher and Missionary Locator. His newest calling is to be a deliverer of "The Good News" to those who weren't recipients of it in their life here on Earth.
After Norma's peaceful return to her eternal home, Blair was remarried to Lawana Draper of Midvale. The two of them served a mission together for the LDS Church in the Colorado Denver South mission. He loved the people he served there, as well as the purpose he served. He enjoyed spending time gardening, reading church books, memorizing scriptures and visiting his family in Cache Valley. Blair was always excited to hear about and share the many accomplishments of his children and grandchildren. Not just of the new job or graduation, or piano recital, though he was always supporting his family in those aspects, but he was also proud of his family for who each individual was becoming. Blair spent the last year of his life with his daughter in California, where he was able to reach the hearts of many in Riverside.
Blair was and continues to be a blessing and inspiration to all the lives he has been a part of. He has penetrated many hearts and minds with the reminder to live a life of honesty, hard work and love. He was the best kind of teacher because he taught through the way he lived.
When his loved ones think of him, they are often reminded of the scripture Romans 1:16, for he is certainly not ashamed of the gospel. He took every opportunity possible to share his testimony and love of the gospel of Jesus Christ. If there was one thing Blair was always equipped with, it was a copy of the Book of Mormon to share with someone who needed it. He lived his life in a way that offered his Heavenly Father a willing servant, always ready to be His hand. His life was solely dedicated to two things: the Lord and the people he loved. Though Blair will be greatly missed here, we know he will be doing the same thing he has always done, which is sharing the gospel and protecting his earthly loved ones.
Blair is survived by his children: Lynn (Sheri) Peterson, Providence; Marlene (Randy) Saxton, Millville; Richard Peterson, Huntington Beach, California; Steven Peterson, Logan; Annette (Kevin) Pritchett, Hyde Park; Julie Ann (Ken) Hughes, Smithfield; and Deanna (Christian) Lazoore, Riverside, California as well as 21 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren and two more on the way.
Blair was preceded in death by his parents, Arvel Hogan Peterson and Clatie LaVern King, his sister, Arva Robinson, and his three brothers, Ethen, Russel, and Elmo, as well as his wife, Norma Annie Hansen, his son-in-law, Lloyd Weston, and his grandson, Shane Weston.
Military Rights will be provided by the Logan American Legion Post. Graveside services will be at noon Saturday, Aug. 2, at the Logan Cemetery. Online condolences may be sent to the family at lakehillsmortuary.com.
Published in Logan Herald Journal on Aug. 1, 2014