NLJ Staff

Nov. 3, 1938–July 22, 2022

Early Friday on July 22, 2022, Donald Lee Peterson, better known as “Pete,” passed away peacefully in his home on his ranch property south of Sundance, Wyo., at age 83.

Pete was born Nov. 3, 1938, in Sundance to Harriet (Waters) Peterson and Lenard Peterson. He was the fifth of nine children and grew up on the family ranch in the Sundance area and graduated from Sundance High School.

He married Suzanne Marie Gustin on June 6, 1970, and they first made their home on his mother’s ranch, and later on the ranch he and Suzanne bought south of Sundance on 585. 

During their marriage they welcomed two daughters, Nancy (1975) and Lynn (1980). Pete worked as a rancher for his entire life and enjoyed a life of freedom being his own boss and caring for cattle. He was a cowboy through and through. He had an active outdoor lifestyle and enjoyed rodeo, specifically team roping. He was also an avid hunter and his elk helped feed the family and filled the freezer for many winters. He had many wild stories of him and Christy, or Charlie, tracking a big bull and the thrill of seeing it run so majestically put a gleam in his eye.

He is survived by his sister, Matilda and Carol; his brothers, Martin and Richard; wife, Suzanne; daughters, Nancy and Lynn; and grandchildren, Nicholas, Chloe, Curtis, Reed and Anna. 

Preceding him in death are his brothers, George, Robert “Rob,” Carl “Bull;” and son-in-law, Curtis.

Visitation will be from 4-6 p.m. on Saturday, July 30, at Fidler-Roberts & Isburg Funeral Chapel in Sundance. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. on Sunday, July 31, at the United Methodist Church in Sundance. Burial will follow at Green Mountain Cemetery in Weston County.

Arrangements are under the care of Fidler-Roberts & Isburg Funeral Chapel of Sundance. Online condolences may be written at


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