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Peter William Stevens Jr.


1936 - 2016 Obituary Condolences
1936 ~ 2016
We tragically lost an amazing man who led a most amazing life. There are no words to describe how extraordinary a life as well lived as Peter's was. Only those who were lucky enough to have known Peter could understand the vigor, courage, energy and humor he put into absolutely everything he did.
Peter was a beloved husband, an incredible father, a steadfast friend and truly one-of-a-kind. His life achievements included, rising to the top of his profession as a CPA and a CIA, and a merger and acquisitions specialist in the oil and gas industries. He was a private pilot who built four beautiful airplanes, and had a passion for flying that few could match. He was on the volunteer Park City Ski Patrol for many years. He was a proud Dutchman, a gourmet cook, a fly fisherman, a scuba diver, a Republican and a conservative, a skilled mechanic, a traveler of the world, and a U.S. Army Ranger. At a very young age this defined the rest of his life, and no man could be more proud to be a tabbed Airborne Ranger serving in the 11th and 82nd Airborne Divisions.
He volunteered for SCORE for over 20 years and helped people too numerous to count. He was on the boards of the Utah Symphony, Holy Cross Hospital Foundation, the U.S. Ski Team, the Salt Lake Housing Authority, and Salvation Army. He was so proud to be a Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus, and to be elected to the Parish Council of St. Ambrose Catholic Church. He was a member of the EAA, Quiet Birdmen and Plane Obsession. And, oh how he loved his Monday lunch with his hangar buddies-"my people!"
Peter had a special place in his heart for his dogs. As a child, dogs were a part of his life and everyone was called, "Dutch". His golden retrievers, Duchess and Toro, his "grand puppy", Dougie, and his little buddy and right hand man, Spike, were huge parts of Peter's life and he always considered them family.
He was a man of integrity, honesty, and the courage of his convictions. You had to earn his respect, but his loyalty was fierce. He was an inspiration, a hero, and our "rock". He never stopped moving, and constantly took care of his family, friends, and those he loved. This was a very large circle, as Peter touched lives almost everywhere he went. His life was an extraordinary adventure and how lucky we were to share it.
Those left to love and cherish his memory include his wife; Lou Ann, who was the love of his life, and with whom he traveled the world and shared a beautiful marriage of 30 years. Together they had a daughter, Amy, who was his pride and joy-he was so proud of her. His two girls were Peter's everything. He is also survived by his brother; Ed, and sister; Norma. Preceded in death by his Papa, Mighty Minnie, and his beloved sister; Ruby.
We would like to thank Chris and Katie Jolles for all their love, strength and support.
We will celebrate his life in the Spring with stories, love and laughter. In lieu of flowers, please contribute to the Utah Humane Society in his memory.
P.W.: We will make sure it is always, "A Ranger Operation!" You will never be forgotten, and always loved. Online condolences may be shared at www.evans-earlymortuary.com
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Published in Salt Lake Tribune from Aug. 19 to Aug. 21, 2016
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