Klyde Lamar Petersen

Sept. 14, 1926 – Jan. 2, 2019

Klyde Lamar Petersen, 92, passed away on Jan. 2, 2019. He was born on Sept. 14, 1926, in Park City, Utah, to Klyde Andrew Petersen and Emma Treasa Thompson where he lived 3-4 years then the family moved to Salt Lake City, Utah, where his dad ran a chicken farm. Growing up, he visited cousins and relatives in Park City, Utah, almost every weekend with his mother.

He received his degree in commercial art from the University of Utah in 1950. Although a great artist, a talent passed down to some of his posterity, he spent his career as a civil engineer. He raised his families in Santa Rosa, California, and Healdsburg, California, working 32 years with the Bell Telephone Company in Santa Rosa.

In 1977 he moved his large family to American Fork, Utah, where he finished his career in engineering. However, after retiring, he worked several years in sales.

Growing up, Klyde describes he found himself and his self-esteem in the Scouting program. He loved Scouts! In high school, he joined the Sea Scout program and had a lot of fun adventures there. Because of his experiences there, in April 1944, while in high school he joined the U.S. Navy and was put to active duty in September 1944. He served on the USS Massachusetts (BB-59). He obtained radio and electrician training during that time which helped him in his engineering career.

As an adult he served in the Scouting program many times. Klyde was an avid outdoorsman. He tells many tales of his adventures as a kid with his cousin Harry in the great outdoors, scouting adventures, skiing and many bear stories from when he worked his summers at Yellowstone National Park while going to college.

He took his children on many fishing and camping adventures every year in various locations in California, Oregon and Utah, and his love for the great outdoors certainly lives on in his posterity.

In his retirement years, in St. George, Utah, (1999-2019), he picked up the golf club again, and was seen 2-3 times a month on the golf course, never to let it go until the last few months of his life when his health would not allow.  

Klyde was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and his faith was a large part of his life. He had many opportunities to serve in many capacities within the LDS church, however, his greatest love was in doing genealogy work. He served two genealogy missions for the LDS church, but never stopped his service at the genealogy library in St. George, Utah, until his health would no longer allow, just prior to passing.

His posterity is comforted in the fact that he has been greeted in the hereafter by those he loved and many for whom he has done a great work on this earth, and the knowledge that we will all be together again when this life’s work is done.

Klyde married Madelyn McLane in 1950 and is survived by their two children: Martin (Linda) Petersen and Jan (Rob) Whitaker, and their families. He married Marlene Esther Remmele in 1959 and is survived by their 12 children: Donna (Scott) Olpin, Delayne Jones, Dennette (Jim) Hammons, Dalynda (Bud) Larsen, David (Michelle) Petersen, Dane (Wendy) Petersen, Deone (Jay) Thornton, DeAnn (Jeff) Lee, Denell (Jason) Stratton, Daneen (Chris) Ruggles, Daniel (Challin) Petersen and Dehn (Ashley) Petersen, and their families. Klyde married Ruth Ida Blackner on July 27, 1997, adding three more children to his posterity, Larry Blackner, Dennis Blackner, and Rodney Blackner. He is survived by his wife Ruth Ida Petersen and Larry (Rosemary) Blackner, Dennis (Debbie) Blackner, Rodney (Diana) Blackner, and their families.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Klyde Andrew Petersen and Emma Treasa Thomson; his wives, Madelyn McLane and Marlene E. Remmele; his only sibling Phyllis P. Timothy, and his grandson Brandon Larsen.

His legacy certainly resides in his large family, with 17 children, 71 grandchildren and 43 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services

  • Funeral services will be on Saturday, Jan. 12, at 11 a.m., with viewing at 9:30 a.m., at the Spilsbury Mortuary, 110 S. Bluff St., St. George, Utah.
  • Interment will take place in Tonaquint Cemetery following the funeral services.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Spilsbury Mortuary, 435-673-2454.

For condolences, full obituary and funeral listings please visit Spilsbury Mortuary online.

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