Clifford Peterson Jr.


Clifford F. Peterson, Jr., 79, of Phoenix and Pine, died March 4, 2002.

He was born Aug. 14, 1922, on a ranch near Patagonia, and graduated from Superior High School in 1940.

He married Doris Harris of Glendale in 1942, and enlisted in 1943, in the Army Air Corps. He graduated from flight school and spent the war years as a B-24 flight instructor. He left the service after World War II, but rejoined during the Korean conflict and remained as an Air Force pilot until retiring as a major in 1968. During his military career he flew both the B-47 and B-52 bombers, and he completed one year of duty in Greenland flying the F-89.

After military retirement, Mr. Peterson tested aircraft for Boeing before returning to Arizona in 1971. He worked during the 1970s and 1980s for John C. Lincoln Hospital, and during those years he and Doris divided their time between Phoenix and their second home in Pine.

For the past 30 years, he was active in Pine community affairs, serving in the 1990s as a member of the Pine-Strawberry Fire Board.

In January, the Petersons celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary.

Peterson also was a founding member of the Calvary Baptist Church of Derby, Kan. He has been involved with the First Baptist Church of Pine since 1973, and he and Doris have been active members of Palmcroft Baptist Church in Phoenix.

Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Doris of Phoenix; one brother, Dwight of Wheaton, Ill.; one son, Clifford III, of Derby, Kan. one daughter, Carolyn Zimmerman of Phoenix; five grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Services will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, March 12 at Chapel of the Chimes, 7924 N. 59th Ave., Glendale, with viewing from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday, March 11.

Donations can be made to the missions fund at the First Baptist Church in Pine.

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