James Michael Peterson, formerly of Mora, who tackled trout streams and great books with equal enthusiasm, died Thursday, Dec. 2, 2021 in a suburban Denver hospital. He was 63 years old.
He was born to Dr. Alvin C. and Gin Peterson on Dec. 18, 1957, in Mora. He was a 1976 graduate of Mora High School.
He was a National Merit Scholarship semifinalist, and a good athlete. A two-way starter on the Mora High School football team, he also played basketball, golf and ran track, winning the Don Erickson Award as the outstanding student athlete in his senior year. He attended Carleton College, starting as a wide receiver as a freshman. He also played rugby. He later attended the University of Denver, studying literature.
Whether in Minnesota, Canada or the Rocky Mountains, his love of the outdoors was a driving force throughout his life. A meticulous rod-builder and an innovative fly-tyer, he could find fish where others could not -- often in places where other anglers would not consider a cast. He chased rock bass with the same intensity as he stalked rainbow trout. He brought that same passion to reading and was never far from a book ... or three.
He was preceded in death by his longtime partner, Sabre Brown, and his parents.
He is survived by his much loved daughter, Erika (Eric) Erickson and grandsons Finbarr, Gunnar, Hammish and Ivarr, all of Boulder, Colorado; brothers, Tom (Mary) Peterson of Kensington, Maryland, Rick (Susan) Peterson of Minneapolis; sister, Barbara (Jim) Hunziker of Anacortes, Washington; aunt, Gladys Gudahl; one niece; five nephews; and numerous cousins.