08/04/1943 ~ 04/09/2018
Michael Jay Peterson
Michael (Mike) Jay Peterson, 74, passed away unexpectedly, yet peacefully at his home Monday April 9th, 2018.
He was Born August 4, 1943 in Glendale, CA to Jay Peterson and Elizabeth (Betty) Meyers Peterson.
Mike grew up in Spanish Fork, UT and graduated from Spanish Fork HS where he attended seminary. He was a faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. At 19 He was called and served a Florida mission. He loved his Savior Jesus Christ and held many positions in the church.
He was drafted into the Army and graciously served his country for two years during the Vietnam war 1966-1968. He was a proud veteran who loved his country.
He married Maxine Thompson in 1965. They moved to Las Vegas, NV and had two children. Mike worked for Anderson Dairy for many years until he fulfilled his dream of becoming a business owner and bought his own Home Milk delivery service. They divorced in 1987 and he moved back to Utah where he bought and managed a convenient store in Salt Lake City.
He married his Love and Life partner Wendy Terkelsen June 16, 1989 and settled in Mona, UT where they call home with their beloved dogs Monique and Bruno.
Mike loved sports and was a lifelong Dodgers and 49ers fan. He enjoyed watching any sport on T.V. baseball, football, golf he especially liked BYU. He played football, softball, and golf in his younger years. He was on many bowling leagues with his family and at the Showboat Casino in Las Vegas. He had a high average, he was a lefty with an amazing hook. He enjoyed old western movies and John Wayne was his absolute favorite. He liked doing word searches and especially liked doing crossword puzzles with his son Evan.
It wasn’t always easy but he lived a full life. He knew he wasn’t perfect and always strived to be a better person. He wholeheartedly loved his family. He was proud of his children and their accomplishments. He was especially proud of his Granddaughter Brittany and his great grandchildren Reese and Crew. They were the light in his eyes and loved to talk about them.
He is preceded in death By his parents, his father in law Wilford Terkelsen, brother in law Wilford Paul Terkelsen, and sister in law Elizabeth Terkelsen.
He is survived by his loving, devoted wife Wendy Petersen, Son Evan Peterson, Daughter Deanna Hendry, Granddaughter Brittany (Zach) Jacobs, Great granddaughter Reese, Great grandson Crew. Brother Dennis (Gloria) Peterson, Sister Erma Jean (Bob) Scherwitz, Sister Janet (Kim) Pierce, many nieces and nephews, special family friend Kathleen Johnson, and his two best friends, his babies Monique and Bruno.
We would like to give a special thank you to the first responders from Mt. Pleasant, the Nephi ambulance and the skilled medical team at Nephi hospital for all of their efforts and pure kindness. We would also like to extend our sincerest gratitude to our friends and employers who have shown their kindness and love during this time.
Funeral service will be held at the 3rd ward chapel 65 W 800 S Mona, Utah Monday April 16, 2018 at 1100 am with a viewing preceding services 9:00-1030 am. Interment will be at the Spring City Cemetery.