John Scott Peters, a former Modestan and longtime newsman in the Northern San Joaquin Valley and foothills, died Thursday evening at his Sacramento home from cancer. He was 66.
Thirty years of his newspaper career were spent at The Modesto Bee, where he was a reporter and editor. During his years in Modesto, Mr. Peters also was active in several community organizations. He was a founding board member of the Parent Resource Center, a child abuse prevention agency that works primarily with young mothers and fathers.
In 1971, Mr. Peters was president of the board of the Stanislaus County Humane Society. He was an early volunteer with the Stanislaus Community AIDS Project, now the Stanislaus Community Assistance Project, and Interfaith Ministries. He also was co-owner of a downtown Modesto business, Peg's Plants.
Mr. Peters, who grew up in Southern California, moved to the valley in 1964 to work for the Merced Sun-Star. In 1966, he joined The Bee in the Sonora bureau. He came to the Modesto office as farm editor and later moved into various reporting and editing roles. He spent many years at The Bee as news editor.
After retiring from The Bee in 1996, Mr. Peters worked as managing editor of the Tracy Press and the Calaveras Enterprise, as an editor for The Stockton Record and publisher of the Scotts Valley & San Lorenzo Valley Press-Banner. He continued as a newspaper consultant until he was diagnosed with kidney cancer a year ago.
He is survived by his wife, Lauren Peters of Sacramento; three daughters, Liberty of North Carolina, and Camille and Olivia, both of Sacramento; and three grandchildren. He also leaves two brothers, Larry Peters of Modesto and Dennis Peters of Arroyo Grande.
A funeral Mass will be at 5 p.m.Tuesday at Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Sacramento. A celebration of his life will be from 3 to 5 p.m. Sept. 23 at Sierra Hall in Curtis Park, 2791 24th St., Sacramento.
Remembrances may be sent to the general scholarship fund at Christian Brothers High School, Advancement Office, 4315 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Sacramento 95820.