H. Burke Peterson

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H. Burke Peterson
Emeritus General Authority
October 2, 1993 (1993-10-02) – April 14, 2013 (2013-04-14)
Called byEzra Taft Benson
First Quorum of the Seventy
April 6, 1985 (1985-04-06) – October 2, 1993 (1993-10-02)
Called bySpencer W. Kimball
End reasonGranted general authority emeritus status
First Counselor in the Presiding Bishopric
April 6, 1972 (1972-04-06) – April 6, 1985 (1985-04-06)
Called byVictor L. Brown
End reasonHonorable release of Victor L. Brown and his counselors
Personal details
BornHarold Burke Peterson
(1923-09-19)September 19, 1923
Salt Lake City, Utah, United States
DiedApril 14, 2013(2013-04-14) (aged 89)
Bountiful, Utah, United States

Harold Burke Peterson (September 19, 1923 – April 14, 2013) was a general authority of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) from 1972 until his death. He was a counselor to the presiding bishop and a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy. He became an emeritus general authority in 1993.

Peterson was born in Salt Lake City, Utah and was raised in Phoenix, Arizona, where he became an Eagle Scout. Beginning in 1940, Peterson attended Phoenix College, and in 1942 he joined the United States Navy. He completed a civil engineering course of study at the University of Oklahoma and became a Seabee, working on projects in the Pacific Ocean theater of World War II.

After the war, he earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Arizona and taught at the Utah State Agricultural College while he earned his master's degree there. After graduating, he worked in Phoenix with the United States Department of Agriculture. In 1955, he and two other Latter-day Saints founded a civil engineering firm.

In 1947 Peterson married Brookie Cardon in the Mesa Arizona Temple. They eventually had five daughters.

Prior to his call as a general authority, Peterson served in the LDS Church as a bishop and stake president in Phoenix; then later as a regional representative for the Phoenix, Mesa, and Tempe regions. On 6 April 1972, Peterson was appointed as first counselor to Victor L. Brown, the church's presiding bishop. Peterson acted in this capacity until 1985, when Brown was succeeded by Robert D. Hales.

When he was released from the presiding bishopric, Peterson became a member of the church's First Quorum of the Seventy. He served as president of the Jordan River Utah Temple 1985 to 1987. Peterson continued his responsibilities as a general authority until he was granted emeritus status in October 1993.

Peterson died at his home in Bountiful, Utah, four months after his wife died.



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Preceded by
Robert L. Simpson
First Counselor in the Presiding Bishopric
April 6, 1972 – April 6, 1985
Succeeded by
Henry B. Eyring