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Obituary: Clayton Reed Peterson

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- Clayton Reed Peterson, 71, beloved husband, father, grandpa, brother and friend, passed away with his loving wife beside him, Sunday, Sept. 21, 2003 at home unexpectedly of a heart attack.

He was born July 19, 1932 in Lark, Utah to David Leroy and Lavina May Reed Peterson. Clayton married the love of his life, Ruth Jolene Clegg on June 12, 1962 in the Salt Lake Temple. He attended grade school in Washington State and then junior high and high school in Medford, Oregon where he was active in sports, especially football. He was offered football scholarships to colleges but chose to serve our country in the Korean War. He received a purple heart and several other awards.

Clayton attended Oregon Technical Institute, receiving a degree in diesel mechanics. He then went on to Brigham Young University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in education. This is where he met his sweetheart. They raised three precious children together, Raylyn, Reed and Ron.

He started his teaching career at Union High School in Roosevelt, Utah and then taught at Roy Junior High for 29 years. He retired after 31 years of teaching. He was Utah Technology Teacher of the Year 1993-94. He touched the lives of many students. His students will remember the phrase, "Nobody leaves this shop until every tool is in it's place."

After retirement, he enjoyed his woodworking shop and belonged to the Utah Woodturners Association. His family and friends were the center of his life. Clayton enjoyed eating out with the "back row bunch," watching BYU football, and playing with grandchildren. Other interests throughout his life include hunting, fishing, camping and restaurant


He was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served in many callings. He was currently the ward membership clerk and took great pride in his work.

Surviving are wife, Jolene, children, Raylyn (Kevin) VanDyke, Reed Peterson, Ron (Susan) Peterson, Pam Grissom, grandchildren Kolter, Katie Jean, Garrett (Scooter), Hollee and Tate, brother, David (Yvonne) Peterson, sister, Kristine Peterson, numerous nieces and nephews, and extended family.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Barry Peterson. He will be dearly missed by all his friends and family.

Special thanks to his doctors, especially Dr. Craig Julien, Layton City EMS crew and Davis Hospital's emergency room staff.

Funeral services will be held Friday, September 26, 2003 at 11 a.m. at Lindquist's Layton Mortuary, 1867 North Fairfield Road. Friends and family may call Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. and Friday from 9:45 to 10:45 a.m. at the mortuary. Interment, Lindquist's Memorial Park at Layton.

e-mail condolences to the family at llm@lindquistmortuary.com