Obituary: Paul “Rick” Petersen
September 29, 2013
May 19, 1939 – Sep. 14, 2013
Rick Petersen, 74, of Gardnerville, Nevada passed away Sep. 14, 2013 at the Carson Valley Medical Center in Gardnerville, Nevada after a long illness. He was born to Paul and Betty Petersen on May 19, 1939 in Santa Cruz, California in the original Santa Cruz Hospital. His family moved to Kingsburg and Reedley, California where he grew up. After graduating from Reedley High School in 1957, he attended Reedley College for two years before returning to Santa Cruz, CA. In 1969 he helped start the Santa Cruz Corvette Club with other Corvette enthusiasts.
Rick worked for the County of Santa Cruz for 17 years as a Civil Engineer. He left the County in June of 1978 to do promotional setup work for the first annual Beach Street Revival in September 1978. Beach Street Revival was an original nostalgia event and drew over 500 cars and thousands of spectators annually to Santa Cruz over the next 19 years. He brought the Righteous Brothers, as well as many other entertainers to the Coconut Grove for the Saturday Night Dance and the Spoli Party (a nasty concoction made of cheap wine, 7-up, Hawaiian Punch and fruit). For one weekend a year friends could go back in time, cruise Beach Street again in cars of the era and dance to live rock'n roll at the Coconut Grove on the Boardwalk. Rick and the Board of Directors worked together to donate to Joseph Rivers Dragon Slayers in Santa Cruz and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. While working full time on the Beach Street Revival, he also helped to start several other car shows throughout California and on Hot August Nights in Reno, Nevada. Concurrently, Rick also became a Real Estate Broker and sold property in the Santa Cruz area. In addition, during 1980 and 1981 he was the General Manager in charge of operations and maintenance of the Scotts Valley Water District.
After moving to Gardnerville, Nevada in June 2002, he started the Northern Nevada Chapter of Inliners International with the help of Art Alltizer and other Inline enthusiasts including Wayne Horning the father of the 12-Port Head. With his love of car events the next step was to create "Rappin to Minden" an Inline Car event at the Minden Park in conjunction with the Minden Art and Craft Festival. Although not as large as Beach Street Revival, it had some of the same tire kicking, friendships and celebrated cars of the past. He loved traveling in the motorhome and kayaking at Lake Havasu, AZ in the winter.
Rick is survived by wife, Francine Petersen; son , Mick Petersen of Portland, Oregon; stepdaughters, Annette Friederich of Ocoee, Florida and Lisa Brocail of Missouri City, Texas; stepson, Ken Johnson of Santa Cruz; and eleven grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his father, Paul Petersen; mother, Betty Petersen; and his brother, Randy Petersen.
He will be deeply missed by all who loved him.
In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made to American Cancer Foundation.
Celebration of life to be held at High Sierra Fellowship, Minden, on November 9, 2013 at 1:00pm.