Frederick R. Peck
Fred R. Peck passed away at his temporary home in Tigard, Oregon at age 92, in the early hours of Saturday, May 6, 2017. He was surrounded by his family when he passed. Until recently he had lived in Montrose, Colorado.
Fred was born in 1925, grew up and attended school in Grand Junction, Colorado. He joined the Navy in 1942 at age 17, and served in the Pacific theater, flying as a radioman / gunner in Scouting Squadron 58. He attended college at University of New Mexico and graduate school at University of Arizona, where he met his first wife, Helen.
Fred worked as a Park Service archaeologist at several National Parks, then as a high school teacher in Arizona, and lastly as an associate professor of anthropology and sociology at Western State University at Gunnison, Colorado. He had a lifelong passion for the West and its wilderness, for Native American history and culture, and for his family.
Fred is survived by his wife Diane Thomass Peck, of Montrose, CO; daughters Susan Shope (David) of Houston TX, and Meriel Brooks of Granville, NY; sons Alan Peck (Elizabeth) of Tigard, OR, and Brian Peck of Raleigh, NC; stepdaughters Cheree Hammond (Scott) of Harrisonburg, VA, Ana Faith of Los Angeles, CA; stepson Nate Thomass (Kim) of College Station, TX; ten grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.