OBITUARY: David Michael Peterson |

OBITUARY: David Michael Peterson

David Michael Peterson passed away on February 4th, 2011 in Pasadena, California due to complications associated with pneumonia and Swine Flu (H1N1). He was 25 years old.

David moved with his family to Lake Tahoe in 1990 when he was 4 years old. He attended Sierra House and Meyers Elementary Schools, South Tahoe Middle School and South Tahoe High School where he graduated in 2003. David graduated from San Jose State University with a degree in Justice Studies in December of 2008 and was working in Southern California for a security and special events company.

Growing up in South Lake Tahoe with three other brothers, David enjoyed the Sierra Nevada greatly. He loved to spend summer days fishing or hiking and winter days skiing at Sierra at Tahoe. David had been a member of the South Lake Tahoe Police Explorers during his high school years. He was selected as the Explorer of the Year in 2002. As a youth, David played Little League and Babe Ruth Baseball, Buddy Werner Skiing and varsity football at South Tahoe High School. David was a life-long member of the National Rifle Association and participated in many of the political and legislative forums defending the Second Amendment rights of Americans.

As an adult, David moved to Santa Cruz in 2003 and lived there until he moved to Pasadena in 2010. He also enjoyed Santa Cruz a great deal and made many friends in the area.

David “Cheech” Peterson was the catalyst and spark for the entire family. His brothers loved to argue and debate politics, music and world events with David because he was always ready to defend his well-researched opinions. He will be greatly missed by his brothers and parents, grandparents, cousins, and sister-in-laws, and his many friends in South Lake Tahoe, Sacramento and Santa Cruz. There are no words to describe the profound effect David had on everyone he met. He always had a smile and a joke to tell.

We all have a guardian angel watching over us.

A celebration of his life will be held in South Lake Tahoe and Santa Cruz in May. The family will notify as to the location and time.

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