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Steven Burke Peterson

Steven Burke Peterson, 63, of Queen Creek, Arizona died unexpectedly on February 27, 2020. He was raised in Provo, Utah and served a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Nevada Las Vegas Mission. He attended Brigham Young University and moved to Arizona where he worked for his brother-in-law, Mario E. Ray, in residential construction. He married Pamela Shepherd in 1983 and continued employment with home builders throughout the course of his career. For the past six years he has happily served in the Gilbert Arizona Temple. He was a passionate skier, fly fisherman, dog lover, and woodworker. He is survived by his wife Pam, daughter Shelly Kaufman (Russell), son Scott Peterson (Leah), grandson Ethan Kaufman, granddaughter Aubrey Kaufman, and his siblings, Carol Decker, Mary Clyde, Mark Peterson, Eric Peterson, and Helen Francis. No public services are planned. Steven will be remembered for a sweetness that he often hid and for the perfect timing of his outrageous sense of humor.


  • Steve Heiner Posted March 3, 2020 3:42 PM

    Ahhhh Steven! I am so sorry, I owed you a phone call buddy. So many of our calls in the past had us both in stitches, remember?. It seems like we were like a tag team of bad witticisms on some nights. I will miss you fella. I’ll miss your infectious laugh and Tom Waits growl. I’ll miss the old stories of Provo days we used to tell and about the mutual friends both here and gone. The fishing and partying in the canyon. Trading Volkswagon tips and tricks and laughing with you after surviving countless motorcycle mishaps. I know you’ve suffered a lot of chronic pain over the most recent years and I am at least gratified you are now no longer in pain my friend. Yep, Steven, I will miss you. Maybe see you around, Cheers! Steve

  • Steve Heiner Posted March 3, 2020 3:44 PM

    My most heartfelt condolences to the entire Peterson family. Steve

    • Mary Clyde Posted March 3, 2020 6:49 PM

      Steve, this is Steven’s sister Mary taking the liberty of a responding to your kind post. I’m pretty sure Steven is still making people laugh. Don’t you think? I think he woke up in the afterlife smiling. Thank you for your friendship to my brothers.

  • John Peterson Posted March 3, 2020 5:07 PM

    Love the happy image of Steven plus the sweet review of his life. Most of all I love Steve. He with Pam and the family will always hold a special place in my heart. Sweet memories never will be forgotten.

  • Rose Roberts Posted March 3, 2020 5:56 PM

    So sorry to hear about Steve’s passing. Timing doesn’t always fit our agendas and I am sure that this is the case here. There were lots of fun times in Provo growing up and I am glad to have connected again with Steve via Facebook. May you all feel of the love and concern from the Roberts Family in Provo, Your family has always been one that reminds me of the years gone by.

    • Helen Francis Posted March 4, 2020 11:12 AM

      Dear Rose,
      Thank you so much. We love the Roberts family When we were thinking of who would be greeting our dear Steven your sweet dad was one who we thought would be there. Much love- Helen

  • Ruth Andrews Posted March 4, 2020 10:05 AM

    Such a happy picture of Steve enjoying life! I love Steve and will always remember his smile, laugh and very strong hugs. Our love to Pam and all of the family.

  • gayle steele Posted March 4, 2020 2:56 PM

    Steve and Pam we love you. So happy I was able to spend time with steve in the temple. We were great friends and cousins.

  • Shirley J Jones Posted March 5, 2020 1:31 PM

    So heart broken that Steve has passed away. Condolences to my sweet niece and her family. Prayers for all.

  • Lee Allred Posted March 6, 2020 7:57 AM

    We of the Gilbert Arizona Temple are shocked and saddened to learn of Steve’s passing. He was such a great man who will be missed terribly. He helped so many in the temple learn their duties. He was so very kind to all especially the youth who seemed to enjoy their time spend with him. We all are so happy to know that he is now free from that terrible back pain. All our love to dear Sister Peterson.

  • Bryan Isaacson Posted March 6, 2020 9:32 AM

    My sentiments echo those who have already posted comments. Steve and I worked together in the baptistry of the Gilbert temple. What a good natured man who could almost always hide the back pain. At least he’s not suffering that horrible 24/7 pain he used to suffer. Go with the angels and visit your family gone before you happy brother.

  • Janis Hall Posted March 9, 2020 6:47 AM

    To Pam and all of your family – we love you! We know that Jesus Christ broke the bonds of death and pain and sorrow. We pray that you feel Him near through the influence of the Holy Ghost. Sending our love and gratitude for all that you have taught and will yet teach us in the temple.

  • Ed Schreiber Posted March 30, 2020 10:10 PM

    I feel privileged to have met Steve and shared time with him, a wonderful person! Condolences to all the family, I know he will be missed!

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