Rex Willard Peterson

May 10, 1943 ~ November 28, 2021

Rex Willard Peterson went home to be with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on November 28, 2021, after his courageous battle with Lymphoma.

Rex was born on May 10, 1943 in Bingham Canyon, UT to Ray Leander Peterson and Sarah June Peterson, both of whom precede Rex in death. Also preceding him in death were two of Rex’s sisters, Meriam and Joyce, along with one brother, Don.

On March 14, 1998 Rex married Vickie Diane Riley in Aztec, NM. They were married for 23 years.

Rex didn’t have any children of his own, so he took on the role of “Bonus Dad” to Vickie’s children, Bob Riley and Kelli Heaton, and was a wonderful grandfather, great-grandfather, and uncle to many nieces and nephews.

Rex’s passion was the outdoors. He marveled in the beauty that God had created and wanted to explore every inch of it that he could possibly manage.

One of his favorite jobs, though he didn’t consider it to be work, was guiding hunters and helping them to fulfill their dreams. That’s what he loved to do, help people.

Rex always thought that Christ’s light would shine through him by helping friends, family, neighbors, or anyone who had a need, and he always gave the glory to God.

Rex is survived by his wife, Vickie Peterson of La Sal, UT; his son Bob (Sylvia) Riley of Spring Creek, NV; his daughter Kelli Heaton of Fruita, CO; his grandsons Joshua Riley of Denver, CO, Bo (Lindsay) Heaton of Las Vegas, NV, and Tyler Riley of Fort Lee, VA; great-grandchildren Aurora Riley and Calvin Heaton.

Rex is also survived by his sister Barbara (Ron) Osborne of Salt Lake Valley, UT and his brother Boos (Geri) Peterson of Fountain Green, UT.

A Graveside services will be held at the La Sal Cemetery in La Sal, UT on Saturday, December 11, 2021 at 1 p.m.

You may send condolences to the family at

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49 South Main St
PO Box 879
Monticello, UT 84535

Phone: 435.587.2277
Fax: 435.587.3377
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