Posted: Wednesday, August 30, 2000

Clarence "Pete" Peterson

Hoonah resident Clarence "Pete" Peterson died Aug. 26, 2000, in the Sitka Pioneers' Home. He was 88.

He was born March 8, 1912, in Olalla, Wash., to Amelia and Emery Peterson.

He arrived in Alaska in 1934 aboard a purse seiner. He met his future bride, Bertina, in Hoonah. He worked various jobs in crab and clam canneries up and down the coast from Cordova to Petersburg. He was foreman of the Hoonah crab cannery for 25 years until his retirement in 1975.

Peterson was an avid fisherman, hunter and gardener. He was a member of the Pioneers of Alaska.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 57 years, and daughters Amy Lou Max and Evalee Azar.

He is survived by his son Floyd Peterson of Hoonah, seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren, his twin brother Laurence Peterson of North Carolina, his sister Helen Lawrence of Washington and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be 3 p.m. Friday at the Presbyterian Church in Hoonah. In lieu of flowers, donation may be made to the Salvation Army chapter of choice.

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