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Obituary for Dennis John Petersen

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Dennis John Petersen

July 30, 1945 - April 15, 2018

Dennis John Petersen, 72, passed away April 15, 2018.  He was born July 30, 1945 to Byron and Ruth Petersen in Logan, UT.    Dennis graduated from BYU.  He married Nancy Sewell in 1968 in Ogden.

Dennis was a successful business owner of Petersen Motors and Petersen Marine for over 50 years.

He was an avid outdoorsman, he loved boating, snowmobiling,  ATVing, and his  greatest passion was pheasant hunting at his ND farm with his family and friends.

Dennis served in the U.S. Coast Guard for 2-1/2 years.  He was President of the Utah Boaters Association,  Bayliner Council (Dirty Dozen), President’s Club, Top 20 World Mercruizer  Sales, Premier Dealer Platinum Dealer, Transamerica Dealer Council, and Commodore at the Ogden Pineview Yacht Club.

He loved going to morning coffee and being one of the fools on the row of stools.

DJP made a lasting impression on everyone, and will truly be missed by all.

Dennis is survived by his wife, Nancy; children, Tracy, Todd (Cindy), Corey (Staci); brother Kent (Nyla);  grandchildren (Todd & Cindy) Britnee and Braxton and (Corey & Staci) Savanna and Cole.

Dennis is preceded in death by his parents and many aunts, uncles and friends.

There will be a viewing on Monday, April 23, 2018 from 6:00 – 8:00 pm at Leavitt’s Mortuary, 836-36th St., Ogden, UT.  Services will be Tuesday, April 24, 2018 at 2:00 pm  at Leavitt’s.  There will be a viewing one hour prior to the Services.

Interment at Memorial Gardens of the Wasatch.


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Service Schedule

Visitation Information

Date: Monday, April 23, 2018

Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Leavitt's Mortuary


836 36th Street , , Ogden, UT, 84403

Family will also greet friends one hour prior to the Services.

Service Information

Date: Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Time: 2:00 pm -

Leavitt's Mortuary


836 36th Street , , Ogden, UT, 84403

Cemetery Information

Date: Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Memorial Gardens of The Wasatch


1718 East Combe Road, , Ogden, UT,

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Born: July 30, 1945
November 4, 2016
After the Morning Hunt
After the Morning Hunt
October 31, 2017
Annual ND Rooster Rally
Annual ND Rooster Rally
Died: April 15, 2018

Condolences for Dennis John Petersen

Mike Palau posted on 4/24/18

Sorry for your loss. Had some good memories of Denny.


Diane and Doug Woolsey posted on 4/24/18

Nancy Doug and I were so sorry to learn of Denny’s passing. Our fondest memory was the nurse and the sailor at the Halloween party. May all of your fond memories help you during this difficult time.


Nick Pepe posted on 4/24/18

Todd, i just wanted to say how sorry I am to hear of your Dads passing. God bless you and your family at this difficult time.


Kimberly Ann Noorlander posted on 4/24/18

To the Petersen Family you are in my thoughts and prayers. I am so sorry for your lost. Denny was truly one of a kind. He will be missed. Love to all of you. Kim Noorlander


Lani Palau posted on 4/23/18

To Denny's family. My condolences on Denny's passing. May you find comfort in your memories and each other.


GORDON L EDDY posted on 4/23/18

Kent, Nancy and Family, So very sorry for your loss, Denny was one of the greatest persons to have eve known. Thanks for all the support for me and my family. I am so sorry that I cannot attend the viewing and funeral because of conflicts.. Know that our blessing are with you and your families. Love You Gordon and Kim Eddy


Cindy Luzier posted on 4/23/18

Nancy and Family, Our Hearts are Broken to hear the news of Denny's passing. Denny was a one of a kind Gentleman with a Heart Of Gold. His pride and Joy was Nancy and their beautiful family. You could always hear his SMILE in his voice. He will truly be missed by everyone that he touched in his lifetime. Love The Luzier Family


Mike Skalla posted on 4/23/18

To the Petersen Family, on behalf of myself and L.D. Bowerman, we want to offer our deepest condolences at the passing of Denny. We were both saddened to hear the news last week. I didn't have the opportunity to know him well but every business interaction with him was enjoyable and first class. He will be missed.


Sheri & Stewart Norris posted on 4/23/18

Sending prayers of comfort for the Entire Petersen Family


Steve Rllis posted on 4/21/18

My condolences to the entire Petersen family. Dennis will be missed tremendously.


Ryan Rose posted on 4/20/18

My condolences to the Petersen's, Great memories at Bear Lake and Lake Mead with his Family, He sold my family many boats " Port A Party".. Great prayers and Thoughts are with you.


Craig Moyes posted on 4/20/18

Nancy, Tracy, Todd, and Cory, If I allow myself to get past the sadness of his passing, which is difficult, a smile comes over me remembering ALL the great times and mischief DJ and I have had over these many years. This is truly going to leave a hole in my life. I love you all.


David Butterfield posted on 4/20/18

Sad to hear of Dennis passing but great memories immediately follow. He was the grand professor of pheasant hunting and so accommodating and encouraging to his guests and friends. Laughter in the garage; trundling over back roads; making a plan and placing the hunters; dogs and whistles and hits and misses. He and the family did it up right and it is an honor to have participated in those bright days in ND. Thanks to Dennis and all the Petersens!


Jeff Mindfrans posted on 4/20/18

Tracy, Todd, Cory and Nancy I am so sorry and send my condolences to all of you. Your memories of your Dad will last a life Time God Bless


Paul Swaner posted on 4/20/18

So sorry to hear this. Denny always treated us great and never missed a chance to say hello when he saw us. He will be missed. Our thoughts are with you Todd and your family.


Paul Swaner posted on 4/20/18

So sorry to hear this. Denny always treated us great and never missed a chance to say hello when he saw us. He will be missed. Our thoughts are with you Todd and your family.


Teresa Maass posted on 4/20/18

I am so sorry to hear about Denny. He always took the time to say hello a welcome me to the shop when I would visit my Dad, as did the rest of your family. I was also very thankful and impressed with the hard work of Denny and your family when my parents were affected by the Riverdale flood. Denny and his family were there immediately doing anything they could to help! You are in my thoughts at this difficult time. God Speed Denny! You will be missed!


Deb Hall posted on 4/20/18

Dear Petersen Family, There are more memories than I can even count with Dennis and Nancy and all of you. I'm so very very sorry. The world has lost a beautiful, kind, generous and caring person And his absence will be felt by many. May you all find comfort in each other as you always have done. Dennis's memory will live on in the hearts of everyone who ever met him. Sending much love and light to all of you. Deb Hall


Shannon Pickett posted on 4/19/18

Petersen family, I am so sorry for your loss. Denny always seemed larger than life to me. I will never, ever forget his helping my folks (Hans & Janet) clear out their basement when the Riverdale flood happened. I was so impressed and touched at his hard work, caring & kindness. I hope you all find peace & comfort. I'm just so sorry.


Debi McEntire posted on 4/19/18

We will miss you Denny and your fabulous sense of humor!!! We are so sorry Nancy!! Much love freedom m your friends at Simply Eden!


JOHN WRIGHT posted on 4/19/18

Thank you Denny for your friendship. I wish your family love and ease in your passing.


Gary M. Cole, Sr. posted on 4/19/18

To : Tracy and all of the Petersen Family. Our deepest sympathy go out to you all! During this difficult time, we hope you will find comfort and peace in reflecting on positive memories of your experiences in times past with your Dad and Grandfather! May you feel the Savior love and care during this time of grieving; knowing that this temporary separation will be followed with a reunion filled with great joy. Sincerely, Loretta & Gary Cole


Traci Coombs posted on 4/19/18

Rest easy Denny. You were always such a kind and caring man. My deepest condolences to this wonderful family. You're in my thoughts and prayers.