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Joseph Van Peterson

09/16/1930 - 08/13/2016
Service Date: 08/17/2016
Service Time: 10:00 AM
Service Location: Bunker's Garden Chapel, 33 N. Centennial Way, Mesa, Arizona

Joseph Van Peterson, 85, passed away peacefully on August 13, 2016.

Joseph loved his family, his church, and dancing. He was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and was diligent in all his callings. He was loved by his family and will be missed.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph Arley and Coral Shumway Peterson, daughter Cindy Phillips, sister Arlie, brothers Leo and Max and sister-in-law Billie. He is survived by his wife Alicia, daughters Sherri (Garin) Abegglen, Joyce (Michael) Barker and Mary Ann (Jim) Everhart, 10 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren and many other family members.

Visitation will be Tuesday, August 16, 2016 from 6-8 PM at Bunker’s Garden Chapel, 33 N. Centennial Way, Mesa, AZ. Funeral services are Wednesday, August 17, 2016 at 10 AM, preceded by a visitation from 9 – 9:45 AM, at Bunker’s Garden Chapel. Interment will be at the Lakeside Cemetery at 4 PM following the services.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Hospice of the Valley, Dobson House.



  • Don & Donna Millett

    We send our sympathy to all the family and remember Van in the Ward as Don was growing up in the old 5th and 11th Wards. He was always so friendly to everyone. He enjoyed life and was happy in living it. Don remembers him in the Temple also. These are pleasant memories.
    Our love to the family, Don and Donna Millett

  • Alicia and family, We express our deepest sympathy unto you at this time. Oh, how I enjoyed the sweet smile, Brother Peterson had for everyone! What a beautiful reunion with his family on the other side of the veil. May you each be blessed with comfort and peace at this time and always. With all our love, Malena, Brian, Eli, Mahala and Dante Shaw — Maricopa

  • Although I was his uncle, I was a little younger than Van. We grew up together in Snowflake and attended Mesa High School together in 1950-51. I loved him and I felt that he loved me. My wife Althea and I send our condolences to Alicia and to Van’s daughters.

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