Collin Charles Peterson
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Collin Charles Peterson
  • December 13, 1920 - March 30, 2017
  • Beaverton, Oregon

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Collin Charles Peterson, 96, of Beaverton, Oregon passed away peacefully at Providence St. Vincent's Hospital following a brief illness. He is survived by 3 children, 5 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren. Collin retired as District Manager for Safeway Stores in Santa Rosa, California. He worked for Safeway Stores for 37 years before he retired in 1978. He returned to Oregon after his retirement. Funeral services will be held at Finley-Sunset Hills Memorial Park on Saturday April 8, 2017 at 12 noon.

Collin was born in Redmond Utah. He had 1 brother and 4 sisters.

The family eventually moved to Portland, Oregon during the depression. Collin often spoke of those times and how he would venture under the bridge to find old tires to help heat the family home.

After graduating from high school in 1938, Collin worked in the grocery business. He met his wife to be, Dorothy Stark, and they were married on August 16, 1940. After the birth of first child, Ronald in 1943, Collin heeded the call to serve, entering the navy and becoming a cook, due to his extensive experience as a butcher. He served in the Philippines until the end of WWII and was discharged on January 12, 1946.

After returning home Collin began working for Safeway Stores where he was an instructor at the training school. He rose through the ranks and was transferred to San Francisco as a meat buyer, and then to Fresno as a district manager. In Fresno two more children were born, Bruce in 1953 and Craig in 1955.

The family then moved to Santa Rosa, California, where Collin began his new job as district manager in the then fast growing area. Collin retired in 1978, after 37 years with Safeway. He enjoyed retirement for 39 years before his passing.

Collin was a remarkable man. After living thru the depression he vowed that he and his family would not revisit those times again and set forth to make his mark on the world. Which he did!

During retirement Collin and Dorothy enjoyed motor home travel to warm climates in winter. He was particularly proud of his record of 50 years of perfect attendance at The Rotary Club.

Collin is survived by 3 sons: Ronald, his wife Susan and their children Ronald Jr. and Emily; Bruce and his son Robin; and Craig, his wife Laura and their children Craig Jr. and Jennifer. He also has 9 great grandchildren.