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Reverend/Doctor Donald R.
Resident of Meridian, Idaho
Born on May 1, 1926 in Longmont, Colorado, to Edwin Peterman and Clara A. (Ransom) Peterman. Don had one brother, Reverend Edward Peterman, who is deceased. Reverend Don Peterman passed away peacefully in his sleep on August 1, 2012, in Boise, Idaho.
Don and his brother Ed were children of the depression, and grew up in hard economic times in Colorado and Oregon. They both accepted Christianity in high school, much to the chagrin of their non-Christian father. When they both decided to attend Northwest Nazarene University because of their religious beliefs, their father withdrew any economic support from them, even though he was willing to pay both of his son's tuition to any secular Oregon university. Nevertheless, Don and his brother, Ed, both worked their way through college to earn their degrees. Don took the verse in Matthew 12: 48-49 to heart, when Jesus said: "Who is my mother, (father) and who are my brothers? Pointing to his disciples, He said, "here are my mother (father) and my brothers, For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother (father). However, despite this rejection from his father, Don, spoke respectfully and lovingly of his father, consistently focused on his father's good traits.
Don graduated in three years with a degree in religion from Northwest Nazarene College (now Northwest Nazarene University), where he met and married his sweetheart, Ruth Janet Franck, after his sophomore year. For three consecutive years, he was chosen as a candidate for "Who's Who in American Colleges" as well as awarded the "All Student Award" for the most outstanding all round student in his years at NNC. During the 1980's he earned a masters degree and a doctorate degree in religious studies from universities in southern California. He taught religion in various settings in California after receiving his graduate degrees and led educational trips to the Orient, Australia, and the Middle East.
Don devoted 65 years of his life to being a minister in various Nazarene churches located in Alsea, Oregon; Yakima, Kennewick & Walla Walla Washington; Santa Cruz & Upland California; and Nampa & Boise, Idaho. The last 25 years of his life were spent acting as an assistant pastor at Nampa College Church, Boise First Church, and other area churches. He also served as the chaplain for the Upland California Police Department, and the Boise Police Department.
Don's "type A" personality meant that he gave his all to whatever he was doing. His special gift was to minister to the sick and infirm-he regularly made hundreds of visits per month to those who were hospitalized or ill. Six days a week, Don would call on the sick in area hospitals without fail. His great personal charisma, warmth and love for God and people endeared him to all. One special example of Don's unconditional love was the tender attention that he gave to a young man dying with AIDS. When others were afraid to come close to this critically ill young man, Don faithfully visited him. Before the young man died, Don led him to believe in the Lord Jesus Christ as his personal Savior. Out of gratitude for the faithful love shown to her son, the son's mother unexpectedly gifted to Don a Lincoln Town Car . . a car that Don always dreamed of owning, but knew he would never be able to afford. The wheels on that car spun as Don's last ten years of life were spent visiting the sick and housebound and caring for his precious wife and life-time partner in his ministry, Ruth, who died of Alzheimer's disease in August of 2011.
Don is pre-deceased by his wife Ruth, his daughter Linda, and his son-in law Jeff. Survivors include his three sons and their wives, Randy and Linda, Rick and Judy, and Brian and Judy; numerous grandchildren; and several great grandchildren. He will be greatly missed by his family, and by those to whom he ministered.
A special viewing will only be available on Thursday evening from 6:00 P.M. - 8:00 P.M. at Alsip & Persons Funeral Chapel, 404 10th Ave. S., Nampa, Idaho (466-3545).
A memorial service will be held in Don's memory on August 10, 2012, at 2:00 p.m., at Valley Shepherd Church of the Nazarene, on south Meridian Road in Meridian, Idaho. A private graveside service will precede the memorial service.
In lieu of flowers, please consider making a contribution in Don's name to Trinity Pines Campground, 55 S.W. Fifth Avenue, Suite 100, Meridian, Idaho 83642. A memorial will be created in his honor.
Published in Santa Cruz Sentinel on Aug. 5, 2012
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