John Patrick ‘Pete’ Peterson, pole vault champion, professional baseball player, pro golfer, story teller, master chef, and talented gardener passed away in his sleep on Tuesday, March 31, 2020.
John grew up in Helena and was a proud Helena High Bengal. His sophomore year, he quarterbacked the football team. He earned 3 letters in wrestling and was the 1963 Western Division runner up in the 120-pound class. He won the 1964 state championship in pole vaulting with a height of 12’2”. He held the school record for 19 years. He went on to pole vault for the University of Washington Huskies.