Merrill Roger Peterson of Cedar City, Utah, passed away on July 3, 2012. He will be missed by his dear wife, Alice, his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.
He was born on Jan. 23, 1924, at the Salina Hospital, in Salina, Utah. He was the 11th child born to Joseph Franklin Peterson and Josephine Frandsen Peterson.
He grew up in Redmond, Utah, where he was taught the principle of work helping his father on his farm. He graduated from North Sevier High School where he excelled in music, math, and English.
Merrill felt a real desire to serve his country during World War II. In December 1943, Merrill entered military service by joining the U.S. Navy. He was stationed as a Radio Man 2nd Class in Pearl Harbor and served in Japan for nine months after the war ended in the Occupation Forces. He was honorably discharged April 24, 1946.
On returning from the war, he met his eternal companion, Alice Bouvang, from Gunnison, Utah. They were sealed in the Manti Temple on Feb. 10, 1947. They were blessed with five children, Marilyn Robinson (Paul), Janet McDaniel (Kirk), Lee Peterson (Ellen), Ivan Peterson (Jill) and Barbara Peterson Bassett.
He is survived by his wife, Alice; his sister, Shirley Curtis; five children; 21 grandchildren; and 27 great-grandchildren.
In November 1957, Merrill became manager of Christensen’s Department Store in Cedar City, Utah. His family, the store, church service, and community service became his life’s focus.
He was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints where he served in many church callings.
Other achievements include activity in the Cedar City Lions Club, Cedar City Chamber of Commerce, the Southwest Livestock Show, and a member of the Sons of the Utah Pioneers.
He and Alice served in the St. George Temple as temple workers for nine years. They also had the opportunity to serve an LDS Mission in the Ohio Cleveland mission.
Funeral services were Saturday, July 7 at the Cedar City 9th Ward Chapel, 256 S. 900 West. There were viewings Friday, July 6 at the Southern Utah Mortuary, 190 N. 300 West in Cedar City and prior to the funeral service at the church. Interment was in the Cedar City Cemetery under the direction of Southern Utah Mortuary. Online condolences can be sent at www.sumortuary.com.
The family would like to express their deepest gratitude to Iron County Home Health, Kolob Regional Care, the staff at Emerald Point Assisted Living, and IHC Hospice for their compassion and service given to Merrill the last few years of his life.