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Our beloved husband, father and grandfather returned home to our Heavenly Father on August 21, 1995, leaving behind his wife of 57 years, Florence (Molly); son, Richard James (Linda); daughter, Judy (Fred) Allen; daughter-in-law, Diane; sisters, Edith Steele, Phillis Scarlet and Elise Knowlton; brother, Jay Petersen; 10 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Joseph E. Petersen; great-grandson, Trevor Allen; two sisters and one brother.

Our family has been blessed and honored to have had such a special man serve as head of our family. He added so much love, strength, caring, and wisdom to each of our lives through his guidance and deeds. His word has always been his bond. We can never thank him enough for all he has done for us. Their home was always a welcome haven for everyone. He has touched so many with his life and no words can express how much he will be missed.Joe was born June 28, 1915 in South Jordan, Utah, to Ruben and Margaret Petersen. He had two brothers and five sisters. He married Florence Chidester in 1938 in Salt Lake City. He is a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He worked at Kennecott Copper in his early years. He farmed for most of his life and later joined the Salt Lake County Sheriff's Office, where he served for 23 years, retiring as a Lieutenant. He served as the first Mayor of South Jordan for 16 years, where he was instrumental in the establishment of the South Jordan Park, the development and beautification of the cemetery and the installation of culinary water throughout the city. He served on the Water Conservancy Board for 26 years and was a longstanding member of the South Jordan Lions Club. He was always proud of his home town of South Jordan and loved the many friends he had there. He loved hunting and fishing, but most of all his wife and family, and especially his grandchildren.

Funeral services Thursday, Aug. 24, 1995, at 1 p.m. at the Jordan River 2nd Ward Chapel, 1540 West 10400 South. Friends may call Wednesday 6-8 p.m. at Goff Mortuary, 8090 So. State, and Thursday at the church one hour prior to services. Interment, South Jordan City Cemetery.

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