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Obituary for David Calvin Petersen

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David Calvin Petersen

January 3, 1935 - June 15, 2011

Ogden-UtahDavid Calvin Petersen was born January 3, 1935 in Hyrum, Utah to Leland and Thelma Liljenquist Petersen. He passed away peacefully in his sleep on June 15, 2011 while at home after a courageous battle with cancer. David, who was known to many as Bud, lived a full life. After graduating from South Cache High School, he served a full time LDS mission to the Samoan Islands, and never stopped being a missionary. He graduated from Utah State University and went on to earn his Doctors of Optometry degree from the Southern California College of Optometry. He later received an Optometric Physician degree. He was married to Sharel Lee Hovey on July 14, 1967 in Los Angeles Temple. They are the proud parents of three sons: David Scott, Brent Lee, and Anthony Randal. David enjoyed community involvement throughout his life. He served in the Utah National Guard Medical Corp and was later elected to the Simi Valley California Board of Education. He served as the Ventura County Chairman to the Republican Party to elect the Attorney General for the State of California. In Utah, he was the campaign manager for the Uintah County Sheriff and he served on the Utah State Board of Optometry. After retiring from Optometry, he had time to pursue two other interests that brought him joy: sheep ranching and trucking. David was a dedicated, hard-working husband and father who sacrificed for his family his whole life. He had a love of learning and never ceased educating himself. He was kind, loving, and quick to help anyone in his path, whether it be friend or foe. He loved talking to people whether they were a patient in his chair or someone on the street. And if you were lucky, you would have been caught up in a political discussion with him.He loved joking around and it was quite common to see him smiling. He was an avid sports fan, and he was a pitcher in a commercial fast-pitch softball league. He enjoyed working with the sheep, fishing, going for drives up the canyon, and chatting with his brother Rod, as well as his Uncle Bruce who gave him his nickname, “Bud”. David was gentle, patient and had a pure love for his wife and posterity. He was completely devoted to his wife. He loved her very much and she loved him in return. He absolutely loved spending time with his grandchildren. David had great pride in the lives and accomplishments of his children and grandchildren. His children will always look up to him as an example of how to be a kind and loving father. He also had a great, unwavering love for the gospel and enjoyed serving the Lord in whatever capacity he was asked. David is survived by his wife Sharel and their sons Scott, Brent (Jennifer), and Tony, along with their grandchildren Abigail, Vivian, Lilly and David Calvin “Bud”. He was one of nine siblings: Wallace, Mary, Eloise, Eleanor, Rodney, Kathryn, Marty and Gerald. David was preceded in death by Leland, Thelma, Tressa (stepmother) and Wallace. Memorial services will be held Saturday, June 18, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. at Leavitt’s Mortuary, 836 36th Street, Ogden. A viewing will be held on Friday, June 17, 2011 from 6-8 p.m. and Saturday from 1:00 to 1:45 p.m. prior to services at the mortuary. Interment Hyrum Cemetery. Online condolences may be sent to the family at


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Visitation Information

Date: Saturday, June 18, 2011

Time: 1:00 pm - 1:45 pm

Leavitts Mortuary


836 36th Street, , Ogden, UT, 84403

Service Information

Date: Saturday, June 18, 2011

Time: 2:00 pm -

Leavitts Mortuary


836 36th Street, , Ogden, UT, 84403

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Date: Saturday, June 18, 2011

Hyrum City Cemetery


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Born: January 3, 1935
Died: June 15, 2011

Condolences for David Calvin Petersen

Danae Stevens posted on 6/28/11

I always looked foreword to you coming in. You were such a positive person. Nothing ever got you down. I often thought of you, and what a great example you were to all of us here in this world. I loved all of the great conversations we had while you were visiting us in iv therapy. I am happy that your suffering in this world is over, and look foreword to seeing you again one day.


Lucille Byington posted on 6/22/11

Many people come and goThrough the doors of my lifeTaking what they needAnd living what they canOur moments were onlySeconds of a lifetimeBut so importantBecuase we shared what we couldOnly a glimpse of the sunBut enought to warm the heartRon, Marygean, and Lucille


Lisa Goff posted on 6/18/11

I am so saddened to hear of Dave's passing. We served a short but memorable time at special needs mutual together. We will all miss you and know, Sharel, that our thoughts and prayers are with you. Much love, Lisa & Doug Goff


Mildred Watts posted on 6/18/11

We were very saddened to hear of Bud's passing. He was always so friendly and fun to be around -- especially at ball games.Our hearts and thoughts are with you.Love,Gary and Mildred Watts


Ron Allen posted on 6/17/11

17 June 2011Dear Bud, This morning I learned of your passing—I don’t think we ever gave much thought to this time in our lives when “old” friends would leave this life and/or in what order we might go, or what our individual circumstances might be at the time of our leaving. Those experiences we shared together during our high school years bonded us together—friends forever. So, Bud, you have been on my mind a lot today—the double dates were always great, the girls were always the best, the dances we attended memorable, the trips we took were always a wonderful adventure, the work we did together on the farms—all these and many more precious experiences shared with you are golden treasures.The bottom line is that you blessed my life and the life of my dear ones and if the favor has been reciprocated, then our friendship is indeed golden and will continue. Thanks for everything dear “old” friend. Now, Bud, I know that you know all this, but this is my way of sharing these very tender feelings with your wonderful forever companion, Sharel, and your dear family. We know the Lord’s strength, peace, and comfort are there for you and your dear ones and pray it would ever be so. Love, Ron