Dale Eldon Peterson; AB 1988; died May 19, 2015


Dale Peterson


Dale Peterson Obituary

Dale Eldon Peterson, 50, passed away unexpectedly in his sleep at his home in Denver, Colorado, on May 19, 2015. He was born in Lindsborg, Kansas, graduated from Harvard University in 1988, and first worked as a management consultant for William Kent International. He held senior management positions in the furniture division of Pottery Barn and subsequently, as a Vice President of Martha Stewart Omnimedia, worked with Martha Stewart in the development, design, and sourcing of her inaugural furniture line. He later formed his own company and became an independent product designer of furniture and lighting products for several major international companies.

Dale cherished his family, and his family cherished him. His family filled him with joy. His intelligence, creativity, and sense of humor were outmatched only by the depth of his faith, integrity, compassion, love, and kindness. He was a treasured friend, loved and respected by all who knew him. He enriched the lives of all around him, and his spirit will live in the hearts of those who had the privilege of being with him in this life. He is survived by his beloved wife, Dr. Michelle Klem, their four year old twin sons, Samuel Walden and Oliver Lee, and their twenty-two month old daughter, Elizabeth Lee. He is also survived by his parents, Dr. and Mrs. Walden Peterson, his brothers Mark (Joyce) and Ralph (Sue), of Lindsborg, Kansas; his seven nephews; his aunt; his several cousins; the entire family of his wife; and a host of friends.

Visitation will be at Horan & McConaty Funeral Home, 1091 South Colorado Boulevard, on Monday, May 25, from 12:00 to 3:00 pm. A funeral service will be held at Montview Boulevard Presbyterian Church, 1980 Dahlia Street, on Tuesday, May 26, at 11:00 am, followed by a celebration of his life at the church, from 12:00 to 4:00 pm.

Expressions of sympathy may be made to the Peterson Children Education Fund and sent to Midfirst Bank, attention Ryan Cowles, at 2805 South Colorado Boulevard, Denver, Colorado 80222.

Published in the Denver Post on May 24, 2015