Golden Virgil Peterson, 89, of Rigby, passed away Saturday morning, Feb. 15, 2014, in his home.
He was born April 19, 1924, in Garfield, Idaho, to John Henry Peterson and Florence Mary Peterson. He attended school in Mud Lake and Roberts. He graduated from Ricks College and got his master's degree from Arizona State.
Golden served a full-time LDS mission in the Western States from 1947 to 1949. Later, he and his wife served a couples LDS mission in the Billings, Mont., mission from 1996 to 1997.
Golden served in the Army Air Force during World War II. He was stationed in the European Theater based out of England from 1944 through 1946.
He taught school for 20 years and owned Package Steel Services, a building construction company for metal buildings.
Golden loved the Boy Scout program and has served in many positions, from Cub Scout leader to Scoutmaster. He attended several national Jamborees and received numerous awards, including the Silver Beaver award.
He served in many church positions, including as Sunday school teacher, ward clerk, counselor in the bishopric, family history consultant, temple officiator and a faithful home teacher.
He was an active member of the VFW and was a member of the Funeral Team.
He loved attending family events, farming the family homestead, camping, going on adventures and exploring.
He is survived by his five children, Sue (Kevin) Walker of Rigby, Doyle (Delene) Peterson of Highland, Utah, Dan (Judy) Peterson of Fruita, Colo., Bryan (Cheryl) Peterson of Provo, Utah, and Boyd (Lauri) Peterson of Firth; and his brother, Harvey (Annette) Peterson of Salt Lake City.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Lois Aileen Peterson, four brothers and two sisters.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 22, at the Labelle 1st Ward LDS Chapel, 4223 E. 528 North in Rigby. The family will receive friends from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Friday at Eckersell Memorial Chapel and from 9:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Saturday prior to services at the church. Burial will be in Annis-Little Butte Cemetery.
Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.eckersellfuneralhome.com.