Russell Peterson
Russon Mortuary & Crematory - Syracuse
1585 W. 300 S.
Syracuse, UT
Russell Kim Peterson


Syracuse, UT—June 10th 2021 Russell Kim Peterson, Best Friend & Husband, Father, Grandfather, Son, Brother, Uncle, Cousin, Police Sargent, Cowboy, Posse Coach, Duck Hunter, Magician, Golfing Buddy, Boat Captain, Dodger Fan, Blacksmith and hero passed away suddenly of a heart attack while participating with his family in one of his favorite activities, vacationing at Lake Powell.

Russ grew up in West Bountiful were he participated in Little League baseball, coached by his parents. And where he played whiffle ball constantly with his brothers and neighborhood buddies.

Russ attended Centerville Jr. High where he ran track and wrestled. He still holds the record for the Davis County Junior high 400-meter race. But most importantly in junior high he met his best friend forever, Michelle Graves.

At Viewmont High School Russ played baseball on a team that placed 2nd in State and he also played football and served as the Sophomore class president.

Russ served a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Mendoza Argentina. Upon his return, he asked his best friend if she would marry him and in 1997, they began their forever family in the Salt Lake Temple. Kennedy was the first member of the family to arrive and she was followed by Savannah, Preslee and Griffin. The initial team was now complete.

Russ had a highly successful career in the Salt Lake City Police Department where during his 21 plus years, he worked in several divisions including; Patrol, Bike, SWAT, K-9 and most recently he was the Sergeant in charge of training for the entire department. One of Russ's fellow officers said this about him, "Russ was always kind and courteous to everyone, even after he got promoted."

Russ served in many callings in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and currently was a member of his ward's bishopric.

But to Russ the most important thing in his life was his family. He loved going on trips with them, working with them on his farm, coaching them in Posse, putting on magic shows at his annual Halloween Party, and just hanging out with them and playing games or watching movies.

Russ was idolized by his nephews and nieces. He was what every boy wanted to grow up to be, a cowboy and a policeman.

You could always find Russ in a crowd anywhere; you just had to look for the guy with a cowboy hat on. Recently Russ and Griffin took up the blacksmith "Forged in Fire" hobby and the week before his passing they enjoyed a trip together to a blacksmith seminar. Russ enjoyed golfing with his dad and Brother-in-Law, sons-in-law and friends and fellow officers and he was looking forward to playing against his mom, who has just begun taking lessons.

Russ had a witty sense of humor and he always kept everyone grounded and entertained. He very seldom posed for a picture without his mouth open and his tongue hanging out.

Russ loved our Savior and we know he is eagerly waiting with him for the reunion with his family.

He is survived by his wife Michelle, daughter Kennedy Horton, her husband Mason, granddaughter Saylor, daughter Savannah, her fiancé Sheldon Rawlings, daughter Preslee, his son Griffin Russell, parents Kim and Bonnie, sister Tyra Adamson, her husband Dustin, brother Brett, his wife Hillary, brother Trevor, his wife Christa, and many other loving Uncles, Aunts, Cousins, In Laws and Nieces and Nephews.

There will be a private viewing for fellow officers from 5:00pm to 6:30pm, Tuesday, June 15, 2021, after which friends and family are invited to a viewing from 6:30pm to 8:30pm. Both viewings will be held at Russon Mortuary in Syracuse, located at 1585 West 300 South, Syracuse, UT, 84075, just off of SR-193. On Wednesday, June 16, 2021, a viewing will be held from 9:30-11:30am, prior to the funeral service at 12:00 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Saints Ward building located at 2887 West 2700 South, Syracuse, UT, 84075.

The family wishes to express their sincere appreciation to the first responders in Paige, AZ and also to everyone who has reached out to express their love and sympathy.

The family would also like to express their heart felt thanks to the Salt Lake City Police Department for transporting Russ's body home from Arizona and escorting him and his family and friends to the cemetery and for all of their love and support. We also sincerely thank all the officers and friends, who were there to show respect and love on the route as Russ was transported home on Saturday.

The family also expresses their sincere gratitude to everyone who has participated in the go fund me.

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Published by The Salt Lake Tribune from Jun. 14 to Jun. 21, 2021.
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1585 W. 300 S., Syracuse, UT
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2887 West 2700 South, Syracuse, UT
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In June of 2014, my wife and I moved into Syracuse, Utah, down around the corner from Russ Peterson and we were in the same ward with the Petersons until we moved down South in (July 2020).

When I first got going to church up in our ward in Syracuse, Russ Peterson was one of the first ones in Elders Quarm to introduce himself to me and shake my hand. We had alot in common, love for horse riding, love for the outdoors and Police work.

Russ was a faithful LDS church member, who had a deep love for his wife and kids and he was a good cop and in law enforcement for the right reasons and therefore Salt Lake PD, Chief Brown and fellow officers at SLPD along with the citizens of Salt Lake were all better because of Sgt. Petersons hard work and his genuine love for people.

Russ and I would see each other on occassion on grave shifts when he was a K9 Officer with Salt Lake PD and while with his dog Tex, he would at times respond to calls around or near apartment communities we secured in downtown Salt Lake and we would see him and say hello. I use to joke with Russ at Church, asking him to please bring his Police K9 (Tex) on slow shifts during the week - and to walk Tex around ssomeof the apartment properties we had as a contract security firm that we always had serious issues at in downtown Salt Lake. Russ would joke back and say to me
"Tex and I avoid those not so great properties unless we absolutely get a call to go down to them". LOL.

I remember driving home from work at 4am and seeing Russ arrive home in his Police vehicle to go off duty. He was a friendly guy to see on duty, at church, or in passing while working in his yard.

I remember Russ talking about scriptures and bearing his testimony often in Elders Quarm and he was a great choice for Bishop Adam Suttlemyer to pick as his 1st Councilor a yr or so ago- which position Russ held still upon his passing.

When my family and I moved from Syracuse, Utah back in July of 2020, Russ Peterson was one of the many ward members and neighbors up there in Syracuse I missed the most. I want Russ's wife and children to know that my wife Kami Green and I will continue to keep all of you in our prayers and we express our love for all of you. I look forward to a reunion with Russ on the otherside down the road and I am thankful for our testimonies of the gospel. I know that Russ and Bishop Newbold are both watching over all of you and are carrying on the Saviors work on the other side!
Cory Green
June 16, 2021
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Francene Jacobs
June 15, 2021
Feeling heartbroken for Russ and his beautiful family. When giants and heros are taken home early it feels like the world has stopped. Russ was one of those giant heros and for a great many the world has stopped for a bit. Especially his beautiful family. It is my prayer that God's love and our own love for Russ will carry his wonderful family through these unavoidably rough waters and difficult times. Our memories of Russ and his example of what the Savior meant when he said love one another will be precious to all who have been loved by him.
Wade George
June 15, 2021
Jan told me to share this memory because she loved reading about Nick after he passed. I remember when I was 7 years old, I was certain I was going to marry Russ (who was probably 15 at the time). He was best friend's with my older brother, Jake. He was always so nice and I thought he was so handsome. I would bring him stuffed animals and family pictures (cringe) and he would nicely thank me, he never made me feel dumb about it. One day, Bonnie pulled up in our driveway with a box full of items I had given Russ and handed them back to my mom. So embarrassing. Russ really was so warm and kind. He was loved by everybody, including the Fisher family. We love all of you Peterson's so much. Our hearts are breaking with yours.
Laynie (Fisher) Markisich
June 15, 2021
WCF Collections Team
June 15, 2021
Kim, my deepest sympathies. I cannot imagine how difficult it would be to lose a child. I know that you will receive comfort as you have a strong understanding and belief in our Heavenly Fathers plan. I pray you and your family will be blessed with the peace.
Kay Larsen
June 14, 2021
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