Donal "Don" Leroy Peterson, age 77, of Clermont, passed away on Monday, Dec. 2, 2013, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center following an extended illness.|
Memorial services are scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013, at 8 p.m. in a Parlor of Memorial Park Funeral Home. The family will receive friends on Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013, from 6-8 p.m., prior to the service at the funeral home.
Mr. Peterson was born Aug. 31, 1936, in Salt Lake City, Utah, to the late Donal Grant Peterson and Estelle Briggs Peterson. He has been a resident of Clermont for 34 years. Moved from Napa, Calif., where he was a policeman and later opened up a Television Shop and Mobile Radio Company. Don was an avid fisherman and backpacker. He attended the University of Georgia, retired from Hall County School System after 14 years of service as an Electro Mechanical Instructor and School Bus Driver of Bus #9505 for North Hall High School. Don drove a bus for the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta; he also served in the Army National Guard. Don spent several years as a general building contractor and then a telecommunications specialist. His constant companion was his yorkie "Maggie". Don was preceded in death by his parents and his son, Donal Peterson.
Mr. Peterson is survived by his wife, Kathy Peterson of Clermont; mother-in-law, Georgie Bunte of Poulsbo, Wash.; his children, Elizabeth "Lisa" Peterson Evans of Newark, Del., Cassandra "Cassie" and David Hall of Calhoun, Ga., and Joseph Lawrence Peterson of Clermont; grandchildren, Justin Lee Peterson and Nikki Shea Peterson, both of Wareham, Mass., Derik "Blane" Beaver and Tyler "Chance" Beaver, both of Kennesaw, Ga., Maci Lynn Beaver of Calhoun, Ga., Robert "Ian" Evans of Philadelphia, Pa., Christina "Danae" Evans of Newark, Del., and Ashley Marie Peterson of Wareham, Mass.; great-grandchild, Rileigh Marie Peterson of Wareham, Mass.; brothers, Chris Peterson of Jersey City, N.J., and Dan Peterson of Reading, Pa.; sisters, Sheran Clark of Livermore, Calif., and Pamela Crawford of Mokulumne Hill, Calif.; stepmother, Maryann Peterson of Pottstown, Pa.; nieces and nephews, Danny Bunte Jr., and Lori Greene, both of Rhode Island, Katie Clinch of Minnesota, and Debbie Thomas of Las Vegas, Nev.; brothers-in-law, Danny Bunte Sr. of Rhode Island, and Larry Bunte of Las Vegas, Nev.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the "Wounded Warrior Project", Guide Dogs for the Blind, P. O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675 or Hall County Humane Society, 845 W. Ridge Road, Gainesville, GA 30501.
Memorial Park Funeral Home, 2030 Memorial Park Road, Gainesville, GA 30504 is in charge of arrangements.
Send online condolences to www.memorialparkfuneralhomes.com.
Published in gainesvilletimes.com on Dec. 4, 2013