Stephen Guy Petersen, 81, of Kamas, Utah, passed away on January 4, 2022. He was born to parents Roger and Edrie Petersen on July 14, 1940 in Murray, Utah.\n\nSteve grew up in Murray, Utah where he attended Murray High School and developed many life-long friendships. After serving an LDS mission in New York City and touching many lives, Steve enrolled at the University of Utah’s College of Architecture and Planning, graduating in 1969. With classmates from college, Steve took the entrepreneurial leap to form Thomas Petersen Hammond Architects (now Architectural Nexus) where he and partners mentored staff, developed a long list of clients and designed several key projects throughout the Salt Lake Valley and Intermountain West. Some of Steve's notable projects include the University Park Marriott Hotel, Associated Regional University Pathologists (ARUP) Laboratory, Westminster College Dormitories, American Savings and Loan - multiple branches, Deer Valley Stonebridge Condominiums, Jordanelle State Park Hailstone and Rockcliff Facilities and the OSHA Salt Lake Technical Center.\n\nSteve married Barbara Somsen, the young teacher from across the street, in 1964 and they decided to design and build a new home in Emigration Canyon. After long days focused on his career and young firm, he would return home working late nights to construct the family home — where they would ultimately raise their two children, Rolf and Sara. The family developed many close relationships with so many great people in Emigration Canyon and both were very involved in the community and youth groups. \n\nSteve later married Brenda (Longsdorf) Graham in 1995. The two welcomed Brenda’s grandson, Dustin, into their Sugar House home at the age of 10. Two lucky $5 raffle tickets won them a horse at the Utah State Fair, forever changing Steve's trajectory to be a "Kamas man.” Thus began the process of designing and building the ranch house of he and Brenda’s dreams, culminating in their move to Kamas in 2004.\n\nSteve was a student for life — always researching, planning, and endlessly making his lists — and was always one to push for change and growth. He would often write letter’s to the editor of the Salt Lake Tribune on any number of social, environmental, or political topics and generously donated toward many causes over the years. Steve was never afraid to take chances and thoroughly valued experiences, whether that be through building two homes with his own hands, skiing the Wasatch mountains, hiking Southern Utah's canyons, or sailing the British Virgin Islands. As an avid sports fan and a Ute season ticket holder for life, he was always one to talk stats and express his excitement for this year's team. No matter what, Steve would always greet you with a warm smile, a (sometimes bad) joke and, as a mentor to many, some really great advice. \n\nSteve was preceded in death by his father; Roger, mother; Edrie, sister; Sandra (Jim) Gilbert, brother; Bryce (Penny) Petersen and step-son; Kurt Schrecengost. He is survived by his wife; Brenda Petersen, Ex-wife; Barbara Petersen, his two children; Rolf (Whitney) Petersen and Sara (Chris) Greenhalgh, four grandchildren; Dustin (Matt), Reece, Madeleine and Abigail, and two great-grandchildren; Katelin and Walker.\n\nA celebration of life will be held late spring when we are able to safely gather outdoors. Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to be added to the mailing list to receive an announcement. An updated obituary will also be posted closer to the celebration of life event. \n\nWe appreciate all of the heartfelt condolences and stories shared with our family.\n\nIn lieu of flowers, we ask that you make a donation to one of Steve's best-loved organizations; The Human Rights Campaign, Best Friends Animal Society, Utah Food Bank or Big Brothers Big Sisters. \n\nMany thanks to the great staff at Legacy Living Sugar House, Val and Brandon with Encompass Hospice and the University of Utah Hospital for the excellent care provided.