Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Obituary: Jay O Peterson

r Our beloved husband, father and grandfather, Jay O Peterson, passed away Saturday, June 17, 2017 at the age of 87. Jay was born June 1, 1930 to John O and Olivia K. Peterson in Santaquin Utah. He lived in the same house he was born in from 1930-1999.

He served our Country in the United States Army from 1947 to 1950 in the Korean War. Jay married his sweetheart, Norma Lee Jolley, on November 30, 1951. Their marriage was later solemnized in the Manti LDS Temple. She preceded him in death on June 20, 1993.

While raising their four children, Jay held various jobs. He was a bus driver, butcher, asphalt truck driver, supervisor at Trojan Powder, and in addition was on the auxiliary police force and served as the captain of civil defense from 1961-1965. He served as Justice of the Peace from 1965-1988 for the Utah Highway Patrol, Utah County Sheriff and Santaquin City. He served as the Santaquin Fire Chief for a year and was a volunteer fire fighter for approximately 60 years.

In June of 1999 Jay found love again and married Phyllis Madson of Payson, Utah. At that time he left his home and moved to Elk Ridge, Utah. He and Phyllis have enjoyed the last 17 years together having great adventures.

Jay is survived by his wife Phyllis; children, Marianne (Max) Hohrein, John (Karen) Peterson; daughter-in-law Jacquee Peterson; step-children Craig (Karen) Madson, Kevin (Peggy) Madson, Gordon (Rochelle) Madson and Jason Kaze. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Nichole Palmer, Whitney Franz, Marty (Yiselle) Breen, Melissa (Dennis) Taul, Chad Hohrein, Amy Hohrein, Brandy (Nick) Peck, Lindsy (David) Bray, Matt (Molly) Twitchell, Hayden (Gretchen) Twitchell; and 11 great grandchildren. In addition he has 18 step-grandchildren and 12 step-great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, Norma Lee, children, Martin Jay Peterson and Janet Lee Kelsey, his brother Max VanAusdal and sister Ora Peery.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, June 22nd at 11:00 am at the Santaquin Stake Center, 45 South 500 West. Family and friends may visit Wednesday from 6 to 8 pm at Brown Family Mortuary, 66 South 300 East, Santaquin and Thursday at the church from 9:45 to 10:45 am. Interment with military rites will be in the Santaquin City Cemetery. Share condolences with the family at


Chris Baird
Chris Baird
Chris is a family man with a beautiful wife and four kids. Three Girls, One Boy. He enjoys playing basketball, being outdoors, and the old normal.
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