Don Peterson’s family grateful for Hall of Fame recognition

The Reader’s Viewpoint
Thursday, March 7, 2019


The family of the late LHS boys basketball coach Don Peterson is extremely grateful for the honor of his selection to the inaugural Laurel High School Hall of Fame. It is especially memorable that this year is also the 50th anniversary of the Laurel Locomotives Big 32 Boys Basketball Championship and undefeated season in which Coach Peterson was the head coach and Ric Peterson was a player on the team. Our family was represented at the Hall of Fame ceremony on February 14, 2019, by family members Lon Peterson, Nancy Wollan Scott, and Sharon and Ron Olsen. The rest of the family was out of state and couldn’t attend the ceremony but shared in the experience through videos and pictures posted online and in the Laurel Outlook. Coach Pete would have been humbled and proud to be honored by Laurel in this manner. By accident, we also found out that Coach Peterson is also listed as a HOF boys basketball coach in the National Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts, one of only two Montana high school basketball coaches in the Hall at that time. We don’t know if he ever knew that he was listed in the National HOF.

Sincere thanks to the Laurel Rotary Club and Ryan Mayes for his hard work on this HOF project, Laurel High School (and the student who is working on the HOF video project), the Hall of Fame Selection Committee, Roger Heimbigner, Gloria Allwin for her awesome pictures, and everyone else who participated in this project. Good luck to both Laurel basketball teams in the upcoming state tournament. Go Locomotives!


The Family of Don Peterson (we’ll be Locomotives forever!)

Dorothy Peterson (Mrs. Coach), Ric Peterson-Class of ’69, Lon Peterson-Class of ’71, Dee Peterson Baxter-Class of ’72, Rand Peterson-Class of ‘74, Lori Peterson Valgardson-Class of ’76 and Rolf Peterson-Class of ’79 and numerous Peterson grandchildren and great-grandchildren


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