Richard P. Peterson, CCCE, CCE is the Director of Cemeteries for the Archdiocese of Seattle, a position he has held since May 1991. In that capacity he is responsible for the day to day operation and long-term planning for four Archdiocesan cemeteries. He also serves as a consultant to the pastors of the twenty parish cemeteries in the Archdiocese on issues pertaining to their cemeteries. Mr. Peterson graduated with a BA in English (with Distinction) from the University of Washington in Seattle. He also studied Graduate Pastoral Theology (without degree) for two years at The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC.
Peterson began his work with the Catholic cemeteries in Seattle in 1976 as a seasonal employee while attending college. In May 1981 he began full time employment with the cemeteries. In October 1985 Peterson was hired as the Superintendent of Gethsemane Cemetery in Federal Way, WA. In May 1991 Peterson was appointed Director of Cemeteries by the Most Rev. Raymond Hunthausen, Archbishop of Seattle. The three subsequent Archbishops of Seattle have reconfirmed his appointment.
Peterson has been active in a number of state, regional and national cemetery associations including the Catholic Cemeteries of the West (serving as President for 3 terms) and the Catholic Cemetery Conference. Having served on numerous committees of the Catholic Cemetery Conference, he was elected Vice-President of the Conference in October 2016. Peterson earned his “Certified Cemetery Executive” designation from the International Cemetery, Cremation and Funeral Association in 1997 and his “Certified Catholic Cemetery Executive” from the Catholic Cemetery Conference in 1998. He has also authored numerous articles for CCC and was a contributor to The Catholic Cemetery – A Vision for the Millennium, 1997. Richard and his wife, Mary Anne, live in Federal Way, WA and are active members of St. Vincent de Paul parish.