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Obituary: Alma G. Peterson

Alma G. Peterson 07/12/14 ~ 11/17/05 Gregarious and loving Alma G. Peterson died Thursday, Nov. 17, 2005, of causes incident to age. He was born July 12, 1914, in Delta, Utah, to Emery Eugene Peterson and Mary Jane Sampson Peterson. From the time of his mother's death in 1931, Alma essentially made his own way in the world. He graduated from the Branch Agricultural College in Cedar City and attended the Utah Agricultural College (USU) in Logan, leaving school prior to graduation in 1935, a situation he remedied by earning his diploma in 2001, at the age of 87. He married Vivian Allen Glenn, Jan. 19, 1937, in the Salt Lake Temple, and they had three children. Following Vivian's death, he married Helen Johnson Melton in 1985. Alma was a business executive who lived and worked in Virginia, Washington State, and SLC, where as the owner of Retep Corporation, he pioneered the colored concrete industry. An avid genealogist, family historian, and temple patron, he was a faithful member of the LDS Church, having served as a bishop, high councilor, Sunday School teacher, and for many years, a remarkably successful stake missionary. He and Helen also served an Inner-city mission together. A man who loved people, Alma "never met a stranger" and had a multitude of friends and admirers. He liked "big band" music and enjoyed dancing. Survived by his wife, Helen; children, Richard G. (JoAnn) Peterson, Caroline Gibson, and Diane (Rich) Stewart; Helen's children, Brenda (Fred) Myler, Nyleen (Ladd) Livingston, and Howard (Jacque) Melton; siblings, Utahna Lytle and LeVee (Gloria) Peterson; 24 grandchildren and 50 great-grandchildren. A viewing will be held, Sunday, Nov. 20, 6:00-8:00 pm, at Holbrook Mortuary, 3251 S. 2300 E. Funeral, Monday, Nov. 21 at noon in the Cottonwood 12th Ward, 1750 E. Spring Lane (5180 South), where friends may call beginning at 10:00 am. Interment: Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park. Many thanks to CareSource for their sensitive attention to Alma's final needs. Please send condolences to the family at