Obituary Notices and Memorials


PETERSEN, Donald Scott Age 51, passed away July 6, 2010, in Orange, California. He was born September 9, 1958, in San Fernando, California and a long time resident of the Antelope Valley.At eighteen years of age, Don was hired by the Los Angeles Unified School District as a custodian. On September 30, 1978, he was transferred to Fenton Avenue Elementary in Lake View Terrace. He learned everything that was required and expected of him, arrived early daily, and performed his duties well. Fenton Avenue Elementary converted to independent charter status on January 1, 1994, and Don chose to remain at the school becoming the assistant plant manager and later accepted the position of plant manager. As plant manager of Fenton Avenue Charter School, Don was responsible for ensuring that the 7.5 acre campus in Lake View Terrace was safe and secure daily, including weekends, and that the 60-classroom school was clean and ready for over 1,000 students and 150 staff members daily. His eighteen years of experience as the custodian served him well as did his outstanding memory. He scheduled cleaning, maintenance and security for the campus that maintained the site as a model for the district and a well-appreciated asset for the community, always remembering the array of items that needed repair or attention. From 1978, until his retirement in November 2010, Don was a trusted and loyal employee of Fenton who took great pride in his work and in his school. Quiet by nature, he was fiercely loyal to his friends, and genuinely devoted to his family. He loved not only working at his school but his own yard at his home. His yard was an example of excellence to the whole block. He loved spending time with his friends in his garage having a beer after a days work in the yard. Don spoke often about his plans for retirement which was simple and direct: he wanted to return to his home in Nebraska and enjoy life. Sadly, this was not to be. Dons untimely passing is mourned by his family, friends, and the Fenton staff. A memorial plaque will be placed next to the pine tree he planted in December 1993, as a remembrance of his thirty-two years of service and his love of Fenton. He is survived by one sister and one brother, Paula Petersen, Rollin and his wife Diane Petersen, one niece, Dina, one nephew, Rollin, Jr., three great-nieces, Hailey, Carissa, Marlee, and one great-nephew Devin. A Memorial gathering will be held at 4 p.m., Saturday, July 24, 2010, at his home in Rosamond. Call (661) 406-3113 for RSVP. Arrangements are being handled by Halley- Olsen-Murphy, Lancaster.

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