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PETERSEN, NICHOLAS ADAM Feb. 14, 1989 to Dec. 16, 2012 Nick or Spoon, as some of his friends called him, passed away suddenly on Sunday morning, December 16, 2012. He was born in San Diego, California, to Kelly and Philip Petersen. He grew up in the Singing Hills area of El Cajon where he played baseball at Singing Hills Little League, played soccer in the Los Amigos indoor soccer league, and wrestled in the Valhalla Kids Wrestling program. He attended schools in the Cajon Valley Union School District and Valhalla High School where he wrestled and played football. He was recognized as the 2007 Industrial Arts Student of the Year and graduated as a distinguished student. After graduation, he attended junior college but found that general education studies weren't his cup of tea and joined the IBEW Electrical Contractors Apprenticeship to follow in his father's footsteps. He excelled in the program and regularly received commendations from his supervisors regarding his outstanding work. Nick's great love of life included riding his motorcycle, off-roading in his jeep, playing softball and hunting with his beloved dog, Harley. He used to like the Chargers and even had season tickets for a couple of years. He is survived by his parents, Kelly and Philip Petersen, brothers Nick and Ryan, grandmothers Pat Miller and Naomi Petersen, aunts Kerrie Coultas, Jamie (Dave) Szabo, Bobbi Petersen, Jackie (Mark) Bridges, Pam (Greg) Roberson, Laura (Lee) Summerlott and Patti (Jeff) Flowers, his uncle Matt (Rosie) Miller and many many very special cousins and friends. There will be a visitation at East County Mortuary (374 N. Magnolia, El Cajon, CA) from 5 - 8:30 p.m. on Friday, December 21, 2012, and services to celebrate his life on Saturday, December 22, 2012, at 12:00 noon at The Church of St. Luke Catholic Church (1980 Hillsdale Road, El Cajon, CA). The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Guardian Scholars program c/o Dan Montoya, San Diego State University, 5500 Campanile Drive -ESC 324, San Diego, CA 92182-4400. Please visit Nick's website at www.eastcountymortuary.com/ book-of-memories/1439815/ petersen-Nicholas/ service-details.php

Published in The San Diego Union Tribune on Dec. 20, 2012
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