Neil J. Peterson died Jan. 26 in Salt Lake City after a valiant fight with kidney cancer. He hoped the treatments he endured would help lead to a cure for someone else in the future. He died peacefully, holding his sweetheart’s hand and surrounded by his loving family. Neil was born March 29, 1941 in Aberdeen, Idaho. He had a happy childhood growing up in Spanish Fork with many close friends and family members. He loved fishing and camping with his mom Mable Johnson Peterson, his dad Raymond Sigurd Peterson, and his brother Allen. He enjoyed wrestling, football and scouting. He married Maurine Davis in 1961. They were later sealed in the Manti Temple. Together they had three daughters. Neil was a patient, kind, loving and devoted husband and father. Neil lived and worked at Dugway for 35 years. He treasured the many wonderful friends he made there. After retiring, he moved to Tooele where he worked with the Tooele County School District maintenance department. He looked forward to every day at work because of the great group of people he associated with. Neil was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He served in many positions, but especially loved scouting. He is remembered by his 5th Ward family for the quiet service he gave as their bishop. Neil loved going to the cabin, fishing, BYU games and woodworking. He was an all-around handyman and always shared his talents by giving service to friends and family. His greatest love was being with his family. He is survived by his wife Maurine, his daughters Tracy (Tico) McCurdy, Jill (Brett) Olsen and Cheryl Groharing, 11 grandchildren, and 13 great-grandchildren. The family wishes to extend a special thank you for the tender care Neil received at the Huntsman Cancer Institute. Funeral services will be held at Valley View Stake Center, 332 E. 1000 North in Tooele, on Jan. 31 at 11 a.m. Viewings will be at Tate Mortuary, 110 S. Main St. in Tooele, on Jan. 30 from 6 to 8 p.m. and at the stake center prior to the funeral from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Interment will be at Spanish Fork City Cemetery.