Lionel Lewis Peterson, age 97, passed away January 1, 1992 in Salt Lake City.
He was born March 14, 1894 in Fairview, Utah Territory to Lewis and Sarah Bills Peterson. Married Clista Lasson on Nov. 17, 1927 in the Salt Lake LDS Temple. He served an LDS mission to the Central States from 1915 to 1917. Upon his return he attended North Sanpete High School where he served as student body president and graduated as the valedictorian in 1919. He subsequently attended Brigham Young University.His business and public service careers were extensive and varied. As a boy, with a horse and wagon, he hauled coal from mines through Fairview Canyon and delivered milk and cream for the Fairview Creamery. He was president of the first Lions Club organized in Fairview in 1929. He also served for many years as director and treasurer of the Fairview Mercantile Institution.
Sheep ranching and banking were his major interests. He ran a successful sheep ranching operation for 45 years and was president of the Manti-Forest Woolgrowers Association and a director of the Utah State Woolgrowers Association. He was associated with the Sanpete Valley Bank for 30 years serving as Cashier, Director and President. He also served as the president of the Southern Utah Bankers Association.
He served in the Utah State Legislature as a member of the House of Representatives from 1952 through 1964. He was active as a High Priest in the LDS Church and served in many capacities. He and Clista served as temple workers at the Manti Temple.
He is survived by his son, Dr. Lewis Peterson and wife Betty Jo, Salt Lake City; and by three daughters and their husbands: Miriam and Jerald Mason, Brigham City; Cleone and Spencer Eccles, Salt Lake City; and Catherine and Jack Bryan, Newark, California; by 15 grandchildren; and by three great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a son, Albert, in 1955 and by his wife, Clista, on September 2, 1976.
He was widely admired for his wisdom,
leadership, generosity, independence of mind and dedication to his family, he will be fondly remembered.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, January 4th at 1 p.m. at the Fairview First Ward. Friends may call at Ursenbach Funeral Home in Mount Pleasant from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Friday evening or prior to the services from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. at the church. Interment in the Fairview Cemetery
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