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Obituary: David Pedersen

David Barton Pedersen "The Flag Boy" 1979 ~ 2005 David Barton Pedersen passed away peacefully on September 5, 2005. David was born February 9, 1979 in Salt Lake City, Utah to Robert George and Catherine Barton Pedersen. He was 26-years-old. David attended Cottonwood Elementary, Waterford School, Olympus Jr. High, Olympus High School and graduated in 1997 from Cottonwood High School. He was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. David was an outstanding athlete. He was an excellent basketball player, football player, water skier, snow skier and he played on All-Star baseball teams. He especially loved playing golf with his Dad, Grandpas, brothers, brothers-in-love, nephews and friends. He earned the rank of Life in scouting. David loved anything to do with the outdoors and his favorite job was working as a counselor for youth with drug and alcohol abuse problems. David especially loved spending time at the family cabin, "the Creamery", at Bear Lake enjoying his nieces and nephews. They love their Uncle Dave! He was loved so much and he will be sorely missed by all who will never forget his wide smile and infectious laugh. David is survived by his loving parents and seven brothers and sisters, Rebecca and Rod Sorensen of Sandy, Utah; Michelle and Howard Harmer of Cedar Hills, Utah; Robert and Kim Pedersen of Salt Lake City, Utah; Richard Pedersen of Mesa, Arizona; Deborah and Steve Schone of Kauai, Hawaii; Amy Pedersen of Salt Lake City, Utah; and Jefferson and Heather Pedersen of Salt Lake City, Utah. He is also survived by his grandfather, Dr. Ray H. Barton, Jr., Salt Lake City, Utah. He was preceded in death by his grandmother, Helen Grant Barton and his grandparents, George and Wanda Pedersen, and a cousin, Jon Sabourin Jr. His nieces and nephews will never forget him, Jessica (Paul) and Caleb Dunford, Elder Joshua (serving in the Iowa Des Moines Mission), Janessa, Jennilyn, Jaden, and Josie Sorensen; Elder Howie (serving in the Thailand, Bangkok Mission), Brooke, Shannon and Megan Harmer; Todd, Andrew, Kelani, Malia and Matthew Pedersen; Skylar, Hunter, Hannah, Kenya, Noah and Luke David Schone; Abigail and Madison Pedersen. David, you are now in the arms of a loving Heavenly Father who will help you progress throughout eternity. A foundation has been established in David's name. Donations, in lieu of flowers, may be made to "The "David B. Pedersen Foundation Donation Accout" at any Zion's Bank. Funeral services will be held Friday, September 9, 2005 at 12:00 p.m. at the Cottonwood 2nd Ward, 2080 East 5165 South (Highland Drive), with a viewing prior to the funeral from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Friends and family may call Thursday, September 8 from 5:30-8:00 p.m. at Wasatch Lawn Mortuary, 3401 Highland Drive. E-mail condolences to the family at cbp@netutah.net.