WEST JORDAN, Utah (ABC4 News) – Funeral plans for Unified Police Sgt. Cory Peterson have been announced, as family, friends and fellow law enforcement officers try come to terms with his passing.
Peterson died Saturday, November 3, surrounded by his family, close friends, and numerous brothers and sisters in blue, after having battled a medical condition for the last six weeks.
In his obituary, Peterson is described as having been a dedicated police officer, husband, father and grandfather who was known for his kindness in serving the community, calling it “his lifelong dream and passion.”
Peterson spent two decades serving the Salt Lake Valley as a police officer in multiple departments before spending the last ten years with the Unified Police Department where he was promoted to sergeant last year.
He is remembered as “the kind of guy who would provide direct unfiltered advice, unquestioning support, and a strong friendship that was completely unique.”
Peterson was very well respected by everyone, especially those he worked with and as news of Peterson’s passing spread, those who knew him well were trying to find the right words to express how much he meant to them.
“Our hearts ache as we say goodbye today to one of our own. Our thoughts and prayers are with Cory’s family, he will be greatly missed,” said in a post on the Unified Police Department Facebook Page.
“Thank you for all the long talks and great advice over the years Cory. I’ll miss you, my friend. Truly one of the best guys I’ve ever known,” said Lt. Lex Bell with Unified Police.
Unified Police Sgt Chad Reyes described Peterson as one of the most generous people that he has ever known.
“RIP Cory, my friend, and brother. Unique would be the word I could use to describe this man, not a lot like him,” said Unified Police Officer Jerry Byam. “My deepest condolences to Monica and your family. I will hold on to some good memories of him.”
Peterson met his wife, Monica in 2011, each bringing their own children into the marriage. And while blending a family was not always easy, his family said they watched as the two forged a beautiful life together.
“Together, they took on a hard road of blending a large family together, while fighting numerous obstacles that would help define both of them, in his last moments, he kissed his wife with a look of calm that showed the family that they were truly soul mates.”
His family says Peterson had a strong influence on each of his children and always showed them as much love as he could.
“He developed a special bond with each of them and supported them in everything they did, Cory’s eyes would light up every time they were in the room. The amount of love he gave to them was immeasurable.”
Unified Police Sgt. Melody Gray said many will remember Cory for his annual turkey dinner he would cook for all officers having to work on Thanksgiving.
Cory leaves behind his wife Monica, their nine children, four of his own and his five children he gained when he married Monica. Cory also leaves behind 13 grandchildren, his parents, siblings and numerous other family members.
The family said they would like to thank all the members of the IMC Shock Trauma Unit for providing unconditional care and immense expertise and compassion.
Services will be held at 12:00 noon on Friday, November 16, 2018, at Larkin Sunset Gardens, 1950 East Dimple Dell Road (10600 South), Sandy, UT. A viewing will be held Thursday evening from 6-8 p.m. and on Friday morning from 10:30-11:30 a.m. prior to the services. Interment Larkin Sunset Gardens.
The family has asked for all who plan on attending please respect the last wishes of Cory and come to celebrate his life.
“We want to send him off the way he lived.”
For those wishing to help the family, a GoFundMe has been created. There will also be a fundraiser held Saturday night at Wingnuts in Taylorsville.