POLSON – Lorin Bruce "Butch" Peterson, 67, of Polson, a member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, went to be with his ancestors and creator on Friday, Dec. 5, 2014, at St. Luke Community Hospital in Ronan.
Lorin was born Jan. 25, 1947, to Lyle and Bernice "Bonnie" (Bisson) Peterson in Polson, joining sister Loraine "Lori" at the family home on the east shore of Flathead Lake. Lyle and Bonnie divorced when Lorin was a young child. Bonnie then married James "Jim" Sias, who raised Lorin along with sister Terry and brother Corky Sias. Lorin attended school in Ronan and graduated from Ronan High School in 1965.
Lorin enlisted in the Navy and served in Vietnam from 1965 to 1969. After his honorable discharge in 1969, he married Lori Shourds on Dec. 20. Together they had three children, Wayne, Missy and Kathy.
From 1969 to 1973, Lorin worked for Plum Creek Lumber Co. and Char-Koosta Homes. He then started his own electrical contracting business in Ronan. In 1975 and 1976, he earned his private pilot's and helicopter license. Lorin later worked for the Salish Kootenai College carpentry department and Kicking Horse Job Corps.
Lorin and Lori divorced, at which time Lorin moved to Bozeman to attend college. He graduated from Montana State University in 1991 with a B.S. degree in computer science. After graduating Lorin moved to Tri-Cities, Washington, where he worked on the Hanford Site for Westinghouse, Battelle and Bechtel PNL.
Lorin married his current wife, Lori Krantz, on Feb. 29, 2000. Lorin and Lori moved home to the Mission Valley in July 2000, at which time he was hired by CS&KT as the IT department head, where he worked until his death.
He was preceded in death by his mother Bonnie Sias and sister Lori Carter
Lorin is survived by his wife, Lori Peterson of Polson; his three children, Wayne (Jackie) of Ronan, Missy Hensley of Polson and Kathy of Ronan; stepchildren, Logan (Ciarra) Krantz of Helena and Marki Krantz of Polson; grandchildren, Dakota, Courtney, Kyle, Kenzie, Hunter, Madison, Joclynn, Kianna, Kira, Tucker and Ruger; his father, Jim (Kelly) Sias; sister, Terry; brother, Corky (Teresa) Sias; and numerous friends and relatives.
Lorin was an amazing man who made an impression on everyone he met. He will be greatly missed by everyone. See you Tuesday, Dad!!
There will be a celebration of life service at 10 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 11, at the Ronan Community Center with a reception and meal to follow.