Hall of Fame golfer Arlen Peacock dies at 88

Arlen Peacock gets out of a sand trap on the eight hole of the Utah State Amateur golf tournament at the Jeremy Ranch golf course in Park City. Ryan Long/Deseret Morning News. (Submission date: 07/07/2004)

Arlen Peacock gets out of a sand trap on the eight hole of the Utah State Amateur golf tournament at the Jeremy Ranch golf course in Park City. Ryan Long/Deseret Morning News. (Submission date: 07/07/2004) | Ryan Long

Arlen Peacock, one of the top amateur golfers in Utah history, has died at age 88.

Peacock, who was inducted into the Utah Golf Hall of Fame in 2002, was a two-time winner of the Men’s State Amateur and won numerous amateur events over the years.

“First and foremost he was a gentleman. He was soft-spoken, but when he spoke, everyone listened. Arlen was straight down the middle in life and on the golf course. He was always gracious and kind to everyone. He was a perfect example of what a golfer should be and a wonderful person.” — Joe Watts, the former executive director of the Utah Golf Association

Peacock won his first State Amateur in 1972, defeating Steve Sharp in the finals at Patio Springs. Then in 1977, he defeated future PGA Tour standout Jay Don Blake in the finals at Logan Country Club and became the second-oldest winner of the event at age 44. The following year he won the Salt Lake City Amateur.

Besides his golfing prowess, Peacock was well-known for his gentle manner and as one of the nicest persons you’d ever want to meet.

“First and foremost he was a gentleman,” said Joe Watts, the former executive director of the Utah Golf Association. “He was soft-spoken, but when he spoke, everyone listened. Arlen was straight down the middle in life and on the golf course. He was always gracious and kind to everyone. He was a perfect example of what a golfer should be and a wonderful person.”

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One of the highlights of Peacock’s golf career was playing with Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer in an exhibition match in 1977 at the Salt Lake Country Club. He shot a 72 and teamed with Nicklaus to win the best-ball match over Palmer and Don Branca.

Peacock also served on the board of directors for the Utah Golf Association, including two years as president.

In his younger years, Peacock was an outstanding baseball player, leading South High to a state title as a pitcher and signing with the New York Yankees organization and playing minor league baseball.

He was employed as a manager for the Newspaper Agency Corporation and served on the Newspaper Employees Credit Union Board for 27 years.

He is survived by his wife, Mary, four children, five grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. A family viewing will be held Wednesday, followed by a graveside service.

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