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Almon Lee Petersen

June 6, 1930 — October 24, 2023

St. George

St. George, UT – A. Lee Petersen, 93, passed away peacefully on October 24, 2023. Born June 6, 1930, in
Riverton, Utah, to Franklin Petersen and Myrtle (Jensen) Petersen, he grew up on a farm with his older
brother and sister.

Lee learned to speak fluent Spanish and served a mission for the LDS church in Uruguay. He then
attended Brigham Young University and graduated with his Bachelor’s degree while earning a scholarship
to attend law school at New York University. He met his future wife in New York City, graduated with his
law degree, and married. After his first daughter was born, Lee and his family moved to Fillmore, Utah,
where three sons were born. Looking for adventure, Lee and his wife and family moved north to Alaska,
where Lee’s youngest son and daughter were born.

In Alaska, Lee first worked for the Small Business Administration, helping provide federal relief
assistance following the 1967 Fairbanks flood. After that, he became an Assistant U.S. Attorney for
Alaska from 1969 to 1974. He then transitioned to private practice, where he developed a reputation for
vigorously advocating for his clients and pursuing every possible appeal on their behalf. His law career
spanned almost sixty years, including fifty years in Alaska.

Embracing the rural Alaskan lifestyle, Lee designed his dream home and had it built on Nancy Lake,
where he lived for about thirty-five years. Lee enjoyed hosting family get-togethers at his home, which
was filled with plants, books, and music. In his home office, classical music or a Broadway musical was
usually playing. Lee was an avid reader with thousands of books in his well-stocked library. He loved to
garden and would plant seedlings indoors in the spring, then garden outdoors as the weather warmed. In
the summers, his decks were festooned with hanging baskets of geraniums and other flowers. He built his
own greenhouses and garden beds, and he grew enough vegetables to feed himself and any visitors until
well into the fall, despite Alaska’s short growing season. During his lifetime, he travelled extensively
throughout Europe and South America, and in his later years, he enjoyed reminiscing about his trips. At
the age of 91, Lee decided to seek warmer weather and returned to Utah, settling in St. George. The
family wishes to thank the staff of Southgate Senior Living for their compassionate care of Lee in his last
year of life.

Lee is survived by his loving children and their families: daughter Kirsten Randall and her son Logan
Randall, son Jared Petersen, son Eric Petersen, son Adam Petersen and his wife Zenie and their children
(Sherine Beatty, husband Chris, and son Aiden; Adam, Jr.; James; Gracelyn; and Mark), son Mark
Petersen and Penny and their children (Kaylee, Kyle, Callen, and Colton); and daughter Amanda
Chmielowski, her husband Ray, and her daughter Kimberly Stevens. Additionally, he is survived by
several nieces and nephews and many extended family members. He was preceded in death by his mother
and father; his brother, Elden Petersen; his sister, Mary Urie; and his son-in-law, Bert Randall.

Arrangements were made under the direction of Hughes Mortuary, 1037 East 700 South, St. George, Utah 84790.

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