Ronald Scott Peterson, 56, passed away peacefully in his sleep, but rather unexpectedly, on Sunday, Jan. 1, 2012, at his home in Snowflake. A special graveside service was held Jan. 9 at the R.V. “Mike” Ramsay Memorial Cemetery in Snowflake, where he was laid to rest alongside his mother, Cherie.
He was born on April 8, 1955, in Winslow to the late Keith Elden and Cherie (Flake) Peterson. As a child, Ron lived with his mom and dad, who was working for the Santa Fe Railroad, until the age of 7, when he moved to San Diego, Calif., for a school year. He really lived the big city life there. The family moved back to Winslow for two years, then settled in Snowflake.
Ron was a proud Lobo and graduated from Snowflake High School in 1975. Following his graduation, he moved to Tempe to work and live independently. While living in Tempe, Ron made many lifelong friends, who will dearly miss his friendship. It was while living in Tempe that Ron was seriously burned in an explosive fire that took the life of his roommate and others. He saved himself by picking his way through the burning wreckage of his apartment and the top floor, which had crashed down upon him. He was waiting out of harm’s way when the ambulance finally arrived.
Immediately after that tragedy, Ron moved back to Snowflake, where he spent the rest of his life, living independently from others, across the street from the high school. He managed the high school baseball team for many years and was an avid fan of the Lobo sports program. He did not miss many of the games in the last 20 years. Ron was ready to stop being the baseball manager, but when Greg Brimhall found out he was leaving, he asked Ron to stay an extra year, which Ron did, so he would be there until Greg graduated. Ron never let Greg forget, during their long relationship, that he stayed in baseball a whole extra year! He often teased him and reminded him that he “owed him one.” Even as a teenager Greg showed Ron kindness and respect. They continued to be friends throughout their lives, and Greg is currently the baseball coach for the Snowflake Lobos.
Ron’s ancestors were pioneers to the Silver Creek area. He loved his family and home. He was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and was happy with his ward family. Ron also worked every week helping others in need at the Bishop’s Storehouse in Snowflake. His co-workers there say he was always early and took his tasks very seriously. Ron had a strong social network of caring people around him, especially his parents, his brother, his sister and the rest of his large extended family.
Many were attracted to Ron because he had such a great sense of humor. He was a funny fellow. His brother, Ken, always appreciated his clever comebacks. Ron was also the person in the family who could, from memory, rattle off dates and events that happened, not only in his life, but in the lives of those he loved, too. He was the family historian. Ron’s favorite pasttime was writing to the people he cared about and then receiving their mail back.
Survivors include his brother, Kenneth Elden Peterson of Show Low; his sister, Marsha Peterson of Show Low; his sister-in-law, Eleazar Peterson of Tucson; four nephews: Kenneth Elden Jr. (Cynthia) Peterson and their sons, Steven and Caleb, Keith Eric (Consuelo) Peterson and their children, Vanessa and Davian, Cary Preston (Wendy) Peterson and their son, Ezra, and Marc Wyatt Peterson and his daughter, Evelyn; and his extended family members, including Eddie Martin, Tiffany Neil, Rebecca Penrod and Stuart Wilkins.
Along with his parents, Ron was preceded in death by a brother-in-law, Merrill Burton; and an infant niece, Holly Burton. Unfortunately, Ron was very young when his paternal grandparents, Lamar Andelin and Goldie (Rhoton) Peterson died. His maternal grandparents were Marshall Hunt and Malinda (Wright) Flake.
Alice Davis was Ron’s stepmother, and she was very important to him.
Finally, as Ron would say, “That’s my story and I’m stickin’ to it.”
Owens Livingston Mortuary-Heritage Chapel of Snowflake was in charge of the arrangements.