Don Peters passed away on April 13, 2020, after a battle with cancer. He was born on Feb. 9, 1936, the first child of Betty and Dave Peters. The family owned fruit orchards in the San Jose, California, area for several generations. Don attended the same kindergarten at Willow Glen school that his grandmother had attended, and he was in the first graduating class from Willow Glen High School. He earned a degree in engineering from San Jose State University, where he met his wife, Ann Stikeman Peters, on a ski club trip.
After working a year for the Navy in Pasadena, California, he was hired by the University of California to work at the Radiation Laboratory at Livermore, now the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. He continued to work for the UC system for over 30 years, retiring from the University of California, San Francisco.
He enjoyed camping, backpacking and spending time at the family’s cabin at Lake Tahoe. He was a private pilot with the Flying Particles and flew sail planes from Hummingbird Haven outside of Livermore. After retiring, he and his wife went on more than 20 hiking trips with Elderhostel (later known as Road Scholar) in many parts of the world. They also spent three summers as volunteer interpretive aides at Lassen Volcanic National Park in northern California.
Don spent several years as a volunteer for the Livermore Police Department and the Livermore Pleasanton Fire Department, where he contributed more than 15,000 hours of service to the information technology group over 15 years.
Don is survived by his wife, Ann, as well as three sons, Karl (Janet), Kurt (Mel), and Jeff (Kelly). He was immensely proud of all of them. He dearly loved his grandchildren, Kassidy, Sheridan, Jeannette and Bryan. He also leaves behind his brother, Gary (Sheryl), and sister, Jean, and a large extended family.
He will be missed by family, friends, and his fire department family. At his request, there will be no services.