Charles “Chuck” William Peters passed away on Friday, May 26, 2023. Born in Los Angeles California on August 27, 1933, to Michael and Rowena White. At the age of 3 he was adopted by Lynn and Eulah Peters.
While growing up his dad played the organ professionally. He enjoyed traveling with his family to the beach, Big Bear Lake, and other various locations around southern California that his dad’s profession took him to. He talked fondly about his donkey “Suzy-Q” that he had as a pet. In high school he participated in drama and came to love acting.
At the age of 17, Chuck joined the US Navy and served as a Teleman in the Philippines during the Korean War. Anyone who spent any time with Chuck heard the stories of his time in the Navy.
While in the Philippines Chuck met a fellow teleman named “Sorney”. Chuck observed that “Sorney” conducted himself differently than the other men. Chuck asked him about it. “Sorney” introduced him to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and gave him a Book of Mormon. Shortly after an honorable discharge, Chuck trained to be a barber and opened a barbershop near the beach in Southern California. Finding something missing from his life, he remembered “Sorney” and their discussions. He showed up one Sunday at a nearby chapel and was soon baptized.
He moved to Utah and met and married his first wife Carma Jane Bowers. They were married in the Salt Lake Temple on June 23, 1961. Chuck earned a degree in Special Education and began teaching for the Utah School for the Deaf and Blind in Ogden. After teaching for several years, Chuck and his family moved to Salt Lake City, where he began working as a real estate agent. He purchased a daycare in Kearns, which he ran and directed for many years. Later he returned to teaching and taught at various schools as part of the Utah School for the Deaf and Blind Salt Lake Extension.
Chuck and Carma had six children, Donna Lynne, Jennifer, Bill, Susan, Julie, and Matt. Outside of work Chuck enjoyed acting in melodramas, reading, attending the symphony with his wife, and camping. After 30 years together Chuck lost his beloved wife to cancer. A short time later he married Karen Lee Jacobs. They were later sealed in the Salt Lake Temple. Chuck and Karen enjoyed traveling, golfing, and spending time with grandkids. After 30 years of marriage to Karen, she succumbed to cancer and passed away.
Chuck served faithfully in many callings for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints during his life including callings in the Young Men’s program, Sunday School, High Priest Group instructor, Bishop of the Salt Lake Park 1st ward, High Councilor, and many others. He especially enjoyed teaching the High Priest Group and starting lively discussions.
Chuck was preceded in death by his wives, Carma and Karen; and daughter, Jennifer. He leaves behind five children, Donna Lynne, Bill, Susan, Julie, and Matt; 22 grandkids, 15 great-grandkids; and many extended family members and friends.
Friends and family are invited to attend a graveside service on Saturday, June 3, 2023 at 10 a.m. at Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park. Services entrusted to Lindquist’s Ogden Mortuary.