Cleora T Peterson

July 22, 1929June 1, 2019

It is with sadness that the family of Cleora Thayn Peterson announces her return to Heaven on Saturday, June 1, 2019, at the age of 89. Cleora was followed in death by her husband Jay Allen Peterson, who passed away, Monday, June 3, 2019. Next month Jay and Cleora would both have celebrated their 90th birthdays and 67th wedding anniversary.

Cleora was born at her grandmother's home in Emery, UT. She was preceded in death by her parents Homer and Sylmer Thayn, sisters Carol Renee Thayn, and Elaine Snyder, brother Ronald Thayn, sister-in-law June Hollingsworth, and brother-in-law Almon Butterfield. Survived by sister Marnell Butterfield, brother Paul (Dottie) Thayn, sister-in-law Idyll Thayn, and brothers-in-law, Paul Snyder and Marvin Hollingsworth.

Cleora was a daughter, sister, wife, mother, aunt, grandmother, great grandmother, and 'other mother' to many of her children's friends. Her family and extended family played a significant part in her life. She enjoyed travel, camping, hiking, adventures with her family, and extended family. She looked forward to family reunions, doing genealogy, listening to the Tabernacle Choir, doing puzzles, oil painting, and was an avid BYU sports fan. In fact, she will be buried with one of her many BYU blankets.

She was a lifelong, faithful member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, serving a two-year mission in the Great Lakes Mission at the age of 21, and together with Jay served multiple family history missions as a senior couple after Jay's retirement.

Cleora's life revolved around her children whom she is very proud of. She is survived by her son Kent (Sonja) Peterson, Renae (David) Allred, Stacey Bauer, Mark (Michelle) Peterson, and Jared (Terry) Peterson, 15 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, and many grand pups and cats.

Two viewings will be held to honor the lives of Cleora and Jay Peterson. The first one will be held on Friday, June 7, 2019, from 6:30 - 8 PM, at the Valley View Funeral Home, located at 4335 West, 4100 South, West Valley City, UT 84120. The second will be on Saturday, June 8, 2019, at 10:00 - 10:45 AM at the LDS meetinghouse located at 5000 West Pavant Ave, West Valley City, UT, 84120, with the funeral to start immediately after the viewing at 11 AM.

Interment will be held on Sunday, June 9, 2019, at 2 PM in the Valley View Memorial Park, 4335 West, 4100 South, West Valley City, UT 84120.

The children of Cleora would like to thank the staff of Summit Senior Living, Harmony Hospice, Hunter 15th Ward, all those who visited our parents, said prayers on their behalf, and for all the comforting messages received.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to a charity of your choice. Thanks.


  • Kent Peterson
  • Mark Peterson
  • Jared Peterson
  • David Allred
  • Bronson Bauer
  • Richard Allred
  • Greg Peterson
  • Brendan Peterson
  • Peter Allred
  • Evan Peterson
  • Alec Peterson
  • Trevor Peterson
  • Kevin Peck, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Brandon Kucharski, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Paul Thayn, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Kaden Leko, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Taylor Johnson, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Paul Snyder, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Marvin Hollingsworth, Honorary Pallbearer


  • Viewing Friday, June 7, 2019
  • Viewing Saturday, June 8, 2019
  • Funeral Service Saturday, June 8, 2019
  • Graveside Sunday, June 9, 2019


Cleora T Peterson

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Don Maruji

June 8, 2019

I never remember Brother or Sister Peterson ever saying a mean or unkind thing about anyone. they were always so upbeat and grateful for everything, and always concerned for others. When ever my wife or I would visit, they were always asking how we were instead of complaining about their own predicament. They were always concerned about each other as well. What a remarkable gentile couple. Sorry I could not make the funeral/viewing.

Jan Martin

June 7, 2019

Cleora and Jay Peterson were very special people. I served as a counselor to Cleora in the Relief Society presidency in the Nogales Ward, Nogales, Arizona. They have been dear friends despite the distance that separated us after their move to Utah. They served in the church in West Valley City to the end. I'm glad they were together as they began their new mission. Cleora beat breast cancer while she was here. She was strong and courageous, even though she never thought of herself that way.

A sweet memory I have with her: One day at church I was called out of my class, and Cleora was called out of hers, to go into Young Women's Class. They wanted to say "thank you" to women who had set an example for them in the ward. They presented a beautiful hand-made doll to Cleora. I thought how fitting that was because she certainly was admired by all. Then, to my astonishment, they presented another one to me! Each time I see that doll, I am humbled and amazed to have been standing next to Cleora Peterson that day. I am still wondering why I was given such an honor.

Jay and Cleora, Godspeed as you soar on to your new mission and calling.

Carlie Holdredge

June 4, 2019

I met the Petersons when I moved to Rio Rico at the Nogales Ward. A very dear couple and Sister Peterson had such a sweet spirit.