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Farrell A Peterson

December 5, 1947 — May 12, 2023

Millville, UT

Farrell A. Peterson passed away on May 12, 2023 at Autumn Care in Hyde Park, Utah with his family by his side. Farrell
was born on December 5, 1947 and was the youngest and only child of Alice and Axel Peterson to be born in a hospital

His Dad accepted a job from Howard Fuhriman and moved his family from Ephraim to Nibley, Utah in February 1948
when Farrell was only 2 months old. They had a family member with an open jeep to help them move. When Farrell
was 4 years old his family purchased a home in Logan on 3 rd South.

Farrell had a wonderful childhood. Because of the age difference between Farrell and his older siblings, his oldest sister,
Connie took Farrell in as one of her own. Brad, Cindy, and Deno Blau grew up thinking Farrell was their brother, rather
than an uncle. He would go on family vacations with them, work in their garden, and was treated just like one of the

Farrell also had a great time at home in his own neighborhood. He would tell us stories of childhood friends and
memories with great fondness in his voice and eyes twinkling. We can all recount stories of Vernon, Billy, Robert, and

Farrell’s Dad had a pig farm and Farrell was his right-hand man on the farm and with other everyday projects. One of
their side jobs was docking lambs. Farrell was about 10 years old when his Dad’s dentures came out with the testicles.
He told Farrell as he handed the bottom legs to him, “Boy, this is where you and I change places.” Because Farrell was
such a great help to his Dad, his father bought him a 1957 Chevrolet when he turned 16. He loved that car and always
did. Whenever the Cruise-In included a similar 1957 Chevrolet, he would spend hours admiring it and reminiscing.
Farrell had a deep love for horses and dogs. He got his first horse when he was about 14 and kept it in a pasture about a
block west of his house. He would ride a lot in the west fields (now all houses). He had a horse named Cher, who gave
birth to a colt in a pasture near the Logan River. Unfortunately, when the colt tried to stand up, it fell into the river.
Farrell never got to see the colt and he always felt bad about what happened.

Farrell graduated from Logan High School and attended USU for three terms. He then started working with his brother,
Clark, laying carpet until Uncle Sam thought he needed him more. Farrell married Trenna Martindale the month before
heading out to Fort Lewis, Washington for his basic training in the US Army. They were later divorced. From this
marriage came three sons who were Farrell’s pride and joy; Justin, Jake, and Jeff.

Farrell spent 2 years in the Army and was grateful he got to see parts of the United States he never would have seen if it
had not been for the army. Farrell remembered being a little naïve when he spoke of a time when his platoon was
resting on the parade field after a march. Some of the other guys were talking about wishing they had some “grass” to
smoke. He thought to himself, “Here we are sitting on a field of grass, why would anyone want to smoke grass?”
After basic training Farrell was given the option to specify what field he would like to specialize in, knowing there was no
guarantee they would get what they requested. His friend Lloyd Kilpac, from Bountiful, Utah, suggested they put in for
MP’s. Thankfully, they got what they requested. This was the beginning of his career in law enforcement.

After Farrell got out of the Army, he worked at Tri-Miller’s for a year or so. One day, Justin Anderson planted a seed in
Farrell’s thoughts to go to the police academy and work for the Utah Highway Patrol (UHP). On July 5, 1972 Farrell
completed the Academy as the Valedictorian of the 29 th session of the Utah Police Academy. Farrell spent 27 years with
the UHP, with the last 20 working on the Alcohol Crew. After retiring he did some odd jobs but mostly spent time on his
horse in the mountains or just enjoying the family cabin in Logan Canyon.

Farrell and his boys ran across Tamara (Tammy) Moore, an old friend, in 1988 and the friendship grew. On September
21, 1990 Farrell and Tammy were married in Franklin Basin with their horses and a few family members and friends. It
was a partnership built on deep love and dedication to each other. They loved their boys, family, friends, the
mountains, hunting, and their pets deeply. Friends and family would tell them that they were made for each other, and
they were.

Farrell was preceded in death by his parents and siblings: Connie (Nordeen) Blau, Audrey (Don) Jacobson, Clark (Ellie)
and Joe. He is survived by his beloved wife and partner, Tammy; sisters-in-law Elaine Peterson (Joe-deceased), Lori
(Greg) Larson; his brother-in-law Kevin (Nedra) Moore; his sons and their spouses, Justin and Michelle Peterson, Jake
and Shelley Peterson, Jeff and Mandy Peterson, seven grandchildren, five great-granddaughters and many cousins,
nieces and nephews.

The family would like to sincerely thank all of the angels who have helped us through this journey. There are so many
that we don’t dare list you by name because we don’t want to miss anyone. These caregivers have all earned their
wings as far as we are concerned. We can list our sincere thanks and great appreciation, to ComForCare, Suzy’s Senior
Companionship Services, Autumn Care and Symbii Hospice for taking such good care of not only Farrell but Tammy.
Remember the dances, the kisses and fun faces. He loved and appreciated you.

Farrell did not care for funerals or viewings but he loved being with friends, family, and having fun. We will have a
closed casket visitation on May 23, 2023 from 10:30-11:30 AM prior to a Celebration of Life at 12:00 noon, where family and friends can share memories and stories. These services will be held at White Pine Funeral Services, 753 S 100 E, Logan, UT. DRESS IS CASUAL. Come in your comfortable everyday clothes. We love you as you are. Interment will be at the Logan City Cemetery with Military and UHP Honors.

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Farrell's Visitation

Tuesday, May 23, 2023

10:30 - 11:30 am (Mountain time)

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753 S 100 E, Logan, UT 84321

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Tuesday, May 23, 2023

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