Don Elias Petersen, dear husband, beloved and cherished father, grandfather and friend, passed away February 23, 1995, at age 77, following a heroic eight-year battle with cancer.

Born March 15, 1917 in Salt Lake City, Utah to Emil and Gladys Petersen. Married LaRue Bowden, later divorced. Married Rhea Vincent May 1, 1965. Don, along with his brother, Clarence, founded Western Auto Wrecking Company. He was a fair businessman and a genius in the art of welding and rebuilding all makes of cars. Following his retirement, he enjoyed and excelled at gardening. His "Wrecking Yard Garden" was a sight to behold; and his generosity with the fruits of that garden have been enjoyed by many. Don was an avid sportsman for all of his life, excelling in hunting and fishing. He enjoyed so very much his hunting and fishing trips with friends and family. He had many adventures and many stories to tell. He will especially be remembered for the wonderful times he shared with them at his beloved ranch in Challis, Idaho.Don will be remembered fondly for his warm, outgoing personality. He had many friends throughout his life and he loved them all. Many have been influenced by his kind and loving example. Don's greatest legacy is his family. They were the most important part of his life. He will be remembered as a cherished and wonderful father and grandfather. He loved his children and grandchildren so very much. His visits with them and his never-ending participation in their lives will be a sweet memory, never to be forgotten. He has been very brave these past few years. He will be missed by us all, but his love and influence in our lives will be felt in generations to come.

Survived by his devoted wife, Rhea Petersen; his children, Valeria Anderson (Dee), Don E. Petersen, Jr., Boon Petersen (Jeanie), Mary Senter; his stepchildren, Edward Vincent (Julia), Susan Campbell (Scott), and Craig Vincent. Also survived by 17 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren; brothers, Clarence Petersen, Stanley Petersen, and Frank Petersen. Preceded in death by parents, sister, Aleta Kemp and granddaughter, Jennifer Petersen.

Funeral services will be held Monday, 11 a.m., February 27, 1995 at the Valley View 10th Ward Chapel, 2000 East 3900 South, Salt Lake City, Utah. Friends may call Sunday evening at the Wasatch Lawn Mortuary, 3401 South Highland Drive, from 6-8 p.m. and at the church from 9:45-10:45 a.m. prior to services. Interment, Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park.

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