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Obituary for Mac Elwood Peterson

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Mac Elwood Peterson

June 9, 1939 - June 13, 2011

Mac Elwood Peterson died Monday, June 13, 2011 at the age of 72 in Ames, Iowa from complications of diabetes. He was a beloved husband, father, brother, and son who will be missed by all who knew him. Mac was born June 9, 1939 in Preston, Idaho, and was a graduate of Ogden High School. He married Janice Borgogno in 1959. Mac served two years in the U.S. Army. In 1968 the family moved to Ames, IA and he opened his first Taco Time restaurant. He owned Taco Times and Sounds Easy Video Stores, serving on their Franchise Advisory Councils and as President of the Taco Time Council. He enjoyed photography, tennis and spending time with his fabulous children. He was an Elder in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Mac is survived by his wife Janice, his children Lisa (Mark Petersen), Gina (Jeff Baldauf), Jed (Wendi MacVey), Cara, Jenny (Ben Vance), his thirteen beloved grandchildren, and his brother Rex (Una Mae Kilfoyle.) He was predeceased by his brother Elwood (Grace Marti) and his parents Otto and Edna Beckstead Peterson.Graveside services will be held Monday at 11:00 a.m. at Washington Heights Memorial Cemetery, 4500 Washington Boulevard, Ogden, UT. ; Elder Richard Singleton officiating. A memorial service will be held in Ames, IA on July 1, 2011.Services under the direction of Leavitt’s Mortuary.Online condolences may be sent to the family at


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Date: Monday, June 20, 2011

Time: 11:00 am -

Washington Heights Memorial Park


4500 Washington Blvd , , Ogden, UT,

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Born: June 9, 1939
Died: June 13, 2011

Condolences for Mac Elwood Peterson

John Scofield posted on 6/26/12

Though it has been many years since I lived in Ames, I remember Mac and his family well, and always enjoyed Mac's insite and point of view on many varied subjects. My condolences - I pray "All is Well".


Kathy Wilson posted on 6/27/11

Janice, you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. You and Mac were such excellent employers that really cared. I was saddend when I heard the news and know that Mac will surely be missed.


John McCully posted on 6/26/11

Janice,We are so sorry for your loss and ours in the passing of Mac. What a shock it was when we returned from a visit to our children! Mac was to us a warm, kind, gentle presence we greeted or chatted with each morning at McDonalds.God bless you and your family.We miss him.John and Ruth McCully


Cheryl Beckstead Hoover posted on 6/24/11

Hi Jan, Long time no hear from you. Paul Lives in Ogden, and read Mac's obituary. He was working so was unable to come to the graveside services. I have thought of you guys a lot but just never made the effort to keep in touch. I tried to find Rex in Ogden but never could, not even sure where he is. If you could give me # or addr I would like to make contact with him. In our family we have lost Gary and Kathy. We are getting more mature all the time Dick turned 80 this year and I'm right behind him. My sympathies to you and your family. Its so sad to hear sad news


Tasha Brown Wasden posted on 6/17/11

Warm Wishes and sympothy goes out to the Peterson family. You are in my prayers. I remember as a kid thinking that Mac Peterson was some kind of rock star because he owne the Taco Time. I remember him giving Holly and I free googly monster finger puppets from the store. We thought we were so cool because we knew the owner:)


Ted and Rae Okiishi posted on 6/17/11

Remember, back in the '70's, when a family member said she wanted to meet the "Taco King of Iowa"? Mac blushed and said something like he'd like to meet him, too. That was so Mac, in the middle of a great joke where he'd deliver the perfect punch line.He will be missed. You have such a busy week, Peterson family. We are thinking about you and praying for you, too.With much love,Ted and Rae