Peter John Dwyer severed his Earthly ties on March 25, 2012, after a battle with lung cancer. He was born in Berkeley, Calif., on June 7, 1954, to Lawrence and Helen Dwyer. His early childhood was spent in Calistoga, but his family relocated to Eureka where he spent the majority of his childhood. Peter was born full of fun and mischief, a trait he kept throughout his life. Peter graduated from Eureka High School in 1972. After graduation he proudly served his country as a United States Marine.
He moved to Orange County in 1978. It was there he met and married Dar Lynn Burdick in 1980. Their son Daryl, whom Peter considered his greatest achievement, was born in December 1981.
Peter was a baker and worked in various bakeries in Southern California. He relocated his family to Crescent City in 1989 when he accepted a job at Safeway. He worked there until illness forced his retirement in 1997.
He was preceded in death by his loving parents, Lawrence and Helen Dwyer; and his beloved in-laws, Daniel and Ruenette Burdick. Peter is survived by his wife, Dar; son, Daryl (girlfriend Samantha) and precious grandchildren, Makayla and Jonathan. He also leaves behind his sister, Patricia; her husband, Robert; nieces, Samantha, Katelyn and Stephanie and her husband and children; brother, Michael and his wife, Victoria and nieces, Mona and Jocelyn, along with their husbands and children.
Many friends will miss him as he was always a happy soul. He was happy to be able to spend some time with his best friend Richard before he died.
A potluck party was held in his honor at the Masonic Temple, 9th and B Streets in Crescent City on April 7, 2012.
Peter would appreciate donations to the Makayla Dwyer Education Fund at Chetco Federal Credit Union, or to the Francis Cheney Family Place, 2882 State St., Medford, OR.
A special thank you goes to the staff of Sutter Coast Hospital for the wonderful care Peter received. From Housekeeping to Food Services to the Nursing staff, we extend our gratitude. A most heartfelt thanks to Dr. Monique Schwartz for all she did. We can never repay her. Our family would also like to send a big hug to Big Wave Dave for fulfilling a wish.
— Submitted by Family