Stanford William Petersen

June 19, 1945February 16, 2021

Stanford (Skip) William Petersen

was born in Portland, Oregon June 19, 1945 and died February 16, 2021 at home on his ranch of 1O years in the equestrian community of Garner Valley, California with his wife Patricia and beloved dogs by his side.

He was preceded in death by his father, mother, brother, sister and his son Ian Petersen. He is survived by his wife of 34 years Patricia Petersen, his daughter Summer Petersen and his three sisters Prudence Gingold, Victoria Behnke and Gloria Flagg.

Skip started out a young man as a clerk for the Union Pacific Railroad rising to the position of Personal Secretary/Assistant to the CEO and Chairman traveling on the Omaha Nebraska line.

By nature a restless personality with a proclivity for various entrepreneurial pursuits, he changed course making his home in Los Angeles. In making a name for himself, in 1979 he most notably opened and operated the prominent Westchester Faire Antique Mall in Westchester, one of the largest antique malls on the West Coast comprised of 75 shops totaling 30,000 sq. ft. As well, he created and introduced the “showcase” concept, providing an innovative way for hundreds of tenants and venders to sell rare collectibles and jewelry in standing glass cases of which Showcase Antiques was born. It attracted tourists and customers from all over the country and the world before closing in 2002. Successful with and incorporating the same concept, he expanded and opened Sherman Oaks Antique Mall, Farmers Market Antique Alley with his wife Patricia, West Side Pavilion, Culver City Antiques and numerous smaller stores throughout the valley.

Skip was an active Rotary Club member for 20 years and with the Chamber of Commerce for 25 years before retiring in 2008 and then in 2011 he and Patricia moved to their ranch home where he enjoyed exploring, hiking with his dogs, family visits and making new friends. It didn’t take long before immersing himself into community business holding at one time the position of HOA President as well as serving on various committees which included the first of the annual community New Year’s Eve parties. He facilitated improvements to the clubhouse, trails, commons and the valley over the years. The last and the one he was most proud of was a nature trail adjacent to the commons area to which he mapped out, excavated and posted trail markers for equestrian riders, hikers and for all to enjoy.

He was an avid spiritual reader and world traveler, having spanned the globe for both pleasure and as seeker on a life long spiritual quest which began as a very young man. With a path too long to make mention, it was the visiting of The World Shrine of Sukyo Mahikari in Takayama City, Japan, the teachings of Advaita Vedanta to the words of non-dualists Jidda Krisnamurti and Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj of the modern spiritual classic “I Am”, to Melbourne, Australia having met and dined with Gilbert Schultz (Seeing-Knowing) and having made contact with him again 20 years later, that kept Skip’s life focus on the path of enlightenment to self realization and wakefulness.

Having a multifaceted personality, he loved line dancing, a good two step or Tennessee waltz, listening to Patsy Cline, Waylon Jennings, jazz or a good mariachi band, fine wines, a good theosophical discourse, a frequent game of Texas Hold’em at the casino, the daily ticker tape and the sun on the beach anywhere in the world. He gauged his day by the alignment of the stars, a full moon and with a mischievous sense of humor he would laugh and coin the phrase “I might be a little crazy, but it keeps me from going insane”.

One of Skip’s most recent proclamations leading up to his final days was “I Am Now” which was all telling; (full realization met) from which a certain detachment and new serenity now emanated from him. He would most often end conversations with “Have a nice day” and “Que Sera’ Sera’”.

Skip was a complex man of immense intellect, principal, integrity, pride and generosity, He loved all of life (the grand illusion) and considered loyalty as one of the most important character traits. His physical presence was a gift which is and will continue to be immensely missed. But in the words of the guru Maharaj, “In death only the body dies. Life does not, consciousness does not, reality does not. And the life is never so alive as after death”.


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Chris Peters

March 30, 2021

Skip was such wonderful person. He only wanted the best for GV. And got so much accomplished here. He will be missed!!

Vicki Behnke

March 26, 2021

Skip was a great brother and friend. He was always available to family whenever needed and his loyalty was unending.

Words cannot express how much his sense of humor, teasing, advice, laughing with him, trail walks and many conversations will be missed. Many memories were shared through the years and I will carry them and him forever in my heart.

Till we meet again brother and I know we will.
Your sister Vic

Leslie Ingham

March 25, 2021

Of my many fun memories, I will cherish our time together walking the Garner Valley trails with our dogs, making note of improvements done and enthusiastically thinking of future possibilities. Skip’s sense of humor, love of life, and boundless energy will be greatly missed!

Patricia Petersen

March 24, 2021

Love at first sight does exist❤️. He was the love of my life . Skip is/was my soulmate, my best friend , confidant and my hero.

He loved so deeply , was loyal to family and friends to the end .

I’ll miss him every day until the end of time.

Till we meet again my love ❤️