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Garth Nielsen Peterson
1944 - 2012
Garth Nielsen Peterson (The Viking King), 68 passed away from cancer on November 27, 2012. Garth was born to Charles Elroy and Lela Nielsen Peterson at Murray Utah on September 3rd, 1944. Florence Nielsen was a nurturing second mother following the early passing of his mother, Lela.
He married Terry Lynn White on June 22nd, 1962, later sealed in the Salt Lake Temple Nov. 22nd, 1963. Children include Renee (Kevin) Nielson, Mark (Stacey) Peterson, Eric (Kimberly) Peterson, and Chad (Summer) Peterson with 14 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. Terry preceded him in death. Married Jennifer Rushforth on June 7th, 2002, in the Salt Lake Temple. He was beloved by his second family Denise (Doug) Angus, Jana (Dan) Sorensen, Becky (Dave) Evans, Angie (Kevin) Fletcher and 16 grandchildren. He is survived by his two brothers, Gerald (Penny) Peterson and Keith (Linda) Peterson.
Graduated from the University of Utah with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology in 1968. Worked in the University of Utah Facilities Department, retired as Associate Director of Plant Operations after 43 years. Served in numerous positions of leadership in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, including a mission to North Carolina with his wife Jennifer. Loved hiking and wild flower identification (botany) with his children and grandchildren until cancer prevented him from doing so. He had a lifelong love of books and learning, and a great love for family and friends.
A viewing will be held at Larkin Sunset Lawn, 2350 E 1300 S, Friday evening from 7:00 to 9:00 pm. Services will be held Saturday December 1st, 2012 at 12:00 pm in the Monument Park First Ward Chapel, 1005 South 2000 East. A viewing will be held Saturday morning from 10:30 to 11:30 am in the Monument Park First Ward. Interment will follow at the Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park.

Published in Salt Lake Tribune from Nov. 28 to Nov. 29, 2012
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