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Idaho State Journal, 11/19/01
OVID— Michael L. Peterson, age 46, passed away at his home in Ovid on November 15, 2001.
He was born June 8, 1955, in Montpelier, Idaho, as the first of five children born to
LaThair Peterson and Ina Marie (Roberts) Peterson. He was raised on the Peterson Dairy
Farm in Ovid, Idaho.
At age 16 he started his grocery career when he began work during his high school years at
the Safeway in Montpelier, Idaho. After he graduated from Bear Lake High School in 1973,
he attended LDS Business College in Salt Lake City, Utah. He then served a two-year
mission to the Anaheim, California, mission from 1975 to 1977.
After his honorable release as a missionary, he started back in the grocery business. He
began dating Debra Jean Crane whom he married in the Salt Lake City, Utah, Temple on July
14, 1978. Debbie was the daughter of the late Ted Crane and Nadine Gardner of Bennington,
idaho. Four children were born to this union, JaNea Marie, Derek M., Tyson M. and Chase M.
They moved to Rexburg, idaho, where they lived from 1978 to 1982 and where he was the
assistant manager of the Safeway store there. He returned to Montpelier in 1982 as
assistant manager of Safeway, where he soon became manager. As the manager of the Safeway
store, He was soon in a position to purchase the business in 1988 and owned and operated
independently as Peterson’s IGA, now Peterson’s Jubilee.
Michael served as bishop of he Liberty Ward from 1990 to 1992. Additionally, he loved
music and was a genealogy expert who was often consulted because of his knowledge of the
history regarding Ovid, idaho. He loved gardening and spending time making his home and
the things that he owned look nice. One of his favorite activities was spending time in
the mountains with his family. He will be remembered as someone who loved to make things
the best he could, and he always worked his hardest to do his best at any project or
assignment or anything he undertook to do.
He served on the Montpelier Chamber of Commerce and was serving a current term as a member
of the Bear Lake Memorial Hospital board of trustees.
Michael is survived by his wife, Debra of Ovid; daughter JaNea of Logan, Utah, son Derek
of Atlanta, Georgia (where he is serving an LDS Mission), sons, Tyson of Ovid and Chase of
Ovid; his parents, LaThair and Ina Peterson of Ovid; a sister, Sandra Wright (Jeffrey) of
Boise; brothers, Monte Peterson (Kimi) of Blackfoot, Marty Peterson (Verna) of Boise and
Mark Peterson (Kris) of Bloomington.
He will be missed by family, friends and all who knew him and loved him. He will be
remembered by many as someone who served others very unselfishly and always with a smile.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, November 21, at 12 noon in the Liberty LDS Ward
chapel. Friends may call at Matthews Mortuary Tuesday evening from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. and on
Wednesday at the church in Liberty from 10 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. Interment will be in the