Gary Peterson, age 77, passed away on July 19, 2016. He was born in Boise, ID on January 24, 1939 to Margaret Cheeley Peterson and Roland Peterson. He grew up on Washington Street where the Boise High athletic field is today. He attended Central Grade School, North Junior High School and Boise High School.
After high school, he attended Boise Junior College for a short time before applying to the Cadet Program in the Air Force. His pilot training took place at Lackland Air Force Base, Bainbridge Air Base and then finally at Reese Air Force Base for his advanced training. Gary chose to not make a career in the Air Force but instead decided to complete his college education at Idaho State University. He was the president of the ISU chapter of Alpha Kappa Psi and was the initial recipient of the H.W. Morrison business scholarship. He graduated with a B.S. degree in Business Engineering and later attained his commercial pilot’s license after college.
Gary began his working career with Daly & Co. and went on to spend over 45 years as a Financial Advisor. He retired earlier this year from D.A. Davidson, where he worked in partnership with his daughter, Jenny, and long time associates Mary Muguira and Rhonda St. Claire. Gary continued working well beyond normal retirement age because of the friendships he built and his commitment to his clients.
Gary enjoyed spending time with his family at their cabin in McCall, Idaho, and would often take his grandsons on outings and adventures.
In his younger years, Gary enjoyed exploring the backcountry of Idaho, and later traveling in the U.S. and abroad. He also had a passion for music and enjoyed listening to everything from country to classical. He was a past member of the Boise Philharmonic Board, the Philharmonic Foundation Board and was also a long time member of the First Presbyterian Church in Boise.
Gary is survived by his wife of 48 years, Ann Capen Peterson, his daughter, Jenny, her husband, Nate Dallolio, and his two wonderful grandsons, Seth and Nicolas.
The family would like to thank St. Luke’s Hospice for the compassionate care Gary received from the staff that visited and cared for him over the past 5 months.
A celebration of Gary’s life will be held on Friday, August 5, 2016 at 10:00 am at the First Presbyterian Church, 950 W. State St., in Boise. A reception will immediately follow at Hillcrest Country Club.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Boise Philharmonic or a charity of your choice.
1939 - 2016