Early Friday morning, on Nov. 17, 2017, our beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend, Harl Eugene “Bud” Petersen peacefully passed from this world into the next.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 21, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Silver Creek Stake Center in Taylor. A viewing will begin prior to the services. Interment will follow at the Pinedale Cemetery in Pinedale.
Bud was born Aug. 31, 1936, to his parents, Alfred Earl Petersen and Ester May Salling. Bud was born and raised on the Petersen Ranch in Pinedale. It may sound grand, but it was a humble place. Nevertheless, as a truck driver for most of his life, Bud had the opportunity of traveling throughout most of this great country of ours, but never found a place that could take his heart away from the White Mountains. He lived almost his entire life in the communities of Pinedale, Show Low and Shumway.
He almost left once, when at age 17 he and a friend traveled to Phoenix to join the Air Force. In those days he probably could have lied about his age and enlisted, but lying was something he never could do and among other things, he was always recognized by family and friends for his honesty.
He was also known as a hard working man. Raised on the ranch, work was part of life. By age 17, Bud was driving a truck, which is how he made a living for most of the rest of his life. He was 80 years old before he finally retired and quit driving. During his time working he excelled as a loader man in the logging industry and also operated other heavy equipment.
As a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Bud loved his wife, his kids and grand kids, his country, his church, his horses and his dogs, not necessarily in that order.
The family has lots of pictures to remember him by and going through them three things stand out, and someday someone will write a country song in his honor, about horses, log trucks and family.
Bud left behind, for a brief time, his devoted sweetheart Frankie Lue; his children and their spouses, Brent (Charity), Brad (Louise), Craig (Danette), Brenda (Jared Willis), Callie (Hank Wingfield), Devlin Wiltbank (Traci), Buck and Jodie (Kyle Peterson); 45 grandchildren and 37 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his father Alfred Earl Petersen, mother Ester May Sallin, his sister Ida Pearl, his son Dallas Shane and a grandson Kallen Echols.
Silver Creek Mortuary of Taylor was in charge of the arrangements.