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Howard Paul Peterson ~ March 9, 1924 – Dec. 29, 2012

Posted: Monday, Dec 31st, 2012

Howard Paul Peterson

Our Cowboy returned home to the loving arms of his Heavenly Father Dec. 29, 2012.

Howard Paul Peterson was born March 9, 1924, in Glenwood, Utah, to Lafayette and Marvel Peterson. He attended school in Glenwood, and was very close to his cousins and family members who lived in the area. He was a very active lad in the community. Everyone knew him due to his pranks, and his willingness to help those around him.

He was always willing to help hay, shear sheep, milk cows and thin beets. When he was growing up, he would sing with his mother at all of the area funerals. Howard loved music and would play the harmonica for his friends and family.

Howard began rodeoing at a very early age. He competed in 1939 at the Turtle Association (now known as the PRCA) Finals in New York at Madison Square Garden.

In February 1944, he enlisted as an apprentice seaman in the U.S. Navy. While serving he was a radar tech and a gunner. He was injured in battle. He spent nine months in a New Guinea Naval Hospital, and four more months in the U.S. Naval hospital in San LeAndro, Calif. He had to learn how to walk all over again. When he was discharged in October 1945, he was still using crutches. Howard was told that he would never ride horses again, and boy did he prove them wrong!

When he was released, he returned to his hometown. He began working for a cattleman by the name of Alton Morrell. He met Beverly and they ran away to Provo, Utah, getting married on April 6, 1949. This marriage was solemnized in the Manti LDS Temple on April 11, 1991.

Howard and Beverly herded cattle and broke horses in the southern Utah desert the first few years of their marriage. They lived in a tent in the summer and a sheep camp in the winter. In 1951, they moved to Evanston to begin working the family ranch that Beverly’s father had purchased on Hilliard Flat. Howard has always been involved in managing cattle and sheep ranches, and worked for Fred Myers and JR Broadbent for many years.

In 1987, Howard began working as a brand inspector, which he did until June 30, 2010. He loved to work and be involved with livestock. After moving to Evanston, he was blessed with two children — a daughter and son.

Howard was a co-instigator in starting 4-H in Uinta County. He loved working with the youth, whether with 4-H, church or just being around the youth in general. He was a 4-H leader for over 30 years, and was still helping his great-grandchildren at the time of his death.

Howard served in several positions in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Howard loved to hunt and fish, and camping was a way of life. He always took his kids, grandkids and great-grandkids with him to teach them a love of the land, the beauty of the Earth, and to be grateful for everything they were blessed with. Howard’s family was the most important blessing he and Beverly had.

Howard was preceeded in death by his parents; three sisters, one brother; and two brothers-in-law.

He is survived by his wife Beverly of 63 years; children Kathy (Glen) Defa and Ken (Sharon) Peterson; eight grandchildren and their spouses; 15 great-grandchildren, with one on the way; and one great-great-grandchild.

Howard had some amazing adventures and could tell you some pretty unbelievable stories, and you just never really knew if they were true or not. Good ride, Cowboy, Good Ride!

A viewing will be held Thursday, Jan. 3, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Crandall Funeral Home. The funeral services will be held Friday, Jan. 4, at 11 a.m. at the Elm Street chapel in Evanston, with a viewing one hour prior to the services.

Howard will be laid to rest in the Evanston City Cemetery. Arrangements are being taken care of through Crandall Funeral Home.

Online guestbook at crandallfhevanston.com.

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