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Charles Peterson, former speaker of House, dies

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PROVO — Charles Eric "Chuck" Peterson, 87, former speaker of the Utah House, state legislator and auto dealer, died Monday, Jan. 14, 2002, at his Provo home from pneumonia.

Mr. Peterson served six years in the Utah House of Representatives, two years as majority leader and another two as speaker of the House. He also spent eight years in the Utah Senate and served as a delegate to the Republican State Convention on numerous occasions.

Born in North Ogden and raised in Ogden, he moved to Provo where he operated Chuck Peterson Motors for 24 years. He received many awards for his auto dealership, including a 1973 TIME "Quality Dealer Award."

He was a member of the Provo Kiwanis Club for 50 years and had also served as a manager of the Provo Chamber of Commerce, on the board of the National Parks Boy Scout Council, as chairman of the board of the Utah Valley Hospital, and on the Board of Regents and the Utah Highway Patrol Commission.

Six different Utah governors appointed Mr. Peterson to various leadership and committee positions.

He also received the Brigham Young University Abraham O. Smoot Public Service Award and the Utah County Council of Governments Citizen of the Year awards, both in 1978.

Active in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, he served a high councilor, bishop, stake president and as president of the Chicago South Mission.

Funeral services will be Friday, Jan. 18, at 11 a.m. at the Edgemont 12th LDS Ward chapel, 2950 N. Canyon Road, Provo. Friends may call at 9:30 a.m., prior to the services or on Thursday, Jan. 17, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Berg Mortuary, 185 E. Center. Burial will be in the Ogden City Cemetery.