Frederick Lavern Peterson (April 13, 1929-August 30, 2012)

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Frederick Lavern Peterson passed away on August 30, 2012, at home surrounded by his family.

Fred was born in Muskegon, MI on April 13, 1929. He is survived by Jean, his wife of 62 years and seven children, Debbie (Dave) Ostrander, Mary (Bill) Roush, Beth (Lee) Coughanour, Fred (Judy) Peterson, Cissy Brown, Katherine (Jerry) Johnson, Tyler (Mitzi) Peterson, 23 grandchildren and 33 great grandchildren.

Fred is preceded in death by his parents W.J. and Edith Peterson, his brothers Donald and Norman and his son John Peterson.

Fred served in the United States Marine Corps, and was honorably discharged in 1948. Fred and Jean were married in 1950 and moved to Arizona in 1972. Fred was employed with Magma Copper Company and retired after 21 years.

Fred and Jean were foster parents to 30 children over the years. He was elected Constable of Pinal County and served two terms. He volunteered his time with Search and Rescue, Tri-Community Food Bank, Sheriff’s Reserves and National Rifle Association, where he taught Hunter Safety Courses.In Coral, Michigan, Fred was a member of the Maple Valley Rocket Club and volunteered with the little league.

His hobbies included hunting, camping, gold panning, hiking, trapping, wood carving and spending time with his kids, grandkids and great-grandkids.

Services will be held September 29, 2012, 1:00 PM at the Oracle Union Church.

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