Peterson, Jay Allan
July 25, 1980 – March 1, 2015
Age 34, died Sunday, March 1 at his home in Minneapolis. Jay was born July 25, 1980 in Duluth. He graduated from Superior High School in 1999, the University of Wisconsin-Superior in 2008, and the University of Minnesota in 2014 with his Master’s degree in education. He taught chemistry and food science at several Twin Cities schools, in Thailand, and was teaching at Great River Charter School in St. Paul at the time of his death. Jay was always a kid at heart; his unique way of communicating with the children in his life was unparalleled. Jay had a passion for learning and sharing what he learned with siblings, nieces and nephews, students or neighbors. He loved a lively discussion in which he could debate both sides of an issue. Jay also loved to travel and experience different cultures, embracing diversity abroad and in his own neighborhood. Jay had a love of unique food, and was always on the lookout for a new restaurant. Annual celebrations of the 4th of July were spent on Madeline Island at the State Park, the City Park, and Tom’s Burned Down Caf. Surrounded by friends and family, this was Jay at his best. Music held a special place in his life. His passion for music was shared with his parents, brothers and sisters. He also loved to be out in nature, camping, canoeing, and embracing all the earth has to offer. Jay was a talented painter, and loved sharing that interest with the children in his life. Jay is survived by his parents, Ben and Lee Peterson of Coon Rapids, Minn., and Steve and Anita King of Duluth; brothers Kent (Jessica) Peterson, Isaac Peterson, Glen King, Marcus King, Cory King, and Bryce King; sisters Jessica (Ryan) Newville, Sarah (Yed) Anikpo, Eryn (Jeremy) Morgan, Dana (Jared) Schmitz, Kayce King, Rene King, Lelia King, Jinae King, and Taryn King; 12 nieces and nephews; his grandmother, Nancy Lego of Superior, Wis.; his grandfather Patrick Lego of Apache Junction, Ariz.; and many beloved aunts, uncles, and cousins. Memorial Service at 2PM Saturday, March 7, with visitation to follow at Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College Conference Center, 600 N 21st Street, Superior, WI.