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Peter Plastow

Born: 9/21/1930, Orlando, Florida
Death: 1/22/2021, Moab, Utah
Service: 02/06/2021, 1:00 pm Sunset Memorial Gardens Cemetery with live streaming on Spanish Valley Mortuary Facebook page
Interment: Sunset Memorial Gardens Cemetery

Peter Plastow was born September 21, 1930 to Charles Edward Plastow and Dorthea Frederica Leese in Orlando, Florida, an Army family. He traveled extensively during his early years, and returned to Florida during his high school years, graduating in 1950. While in high school he ran a small ranch of 300 head of Santa Gertrudis cattle, his first job as a cowboy. At the outbreak of the Korean War Pete joined the Marines. After serving his time in the Marines, he returned to Florida where he attended the University of Florida. He transferred to Cal-Poly in San Luis Obispo, California earning a degree in animal husbandry. This is where he met and married Patricia Ann Henry from Santa Barbara, California. After Cal-Poly it was back to the cattle business, working ranches in Florida, Texas, Colorado, California, Montana and Utah.

In the early 60’s, his father had started an exhibit design and construction business in Northern Virginia. He took his wife and 3 boys, Jim, Bill, and Mark and joined the family business where he created exhibits, models and dioramas for the Smithsonian, National Geographic and other museums. When the New York State Museum in Albany was planning to move to a new location, he was offered and accepted a job as Production Supervisor for the construction of the exhibits in the new museum. The project was completed in 1976. By this time Pete and Pat had added 3 girls; Suzy, Tina, and Missy to their family.

After eleven years in New York, Pete decided to leave the East Coast and move west to the Moab area. He was ready to turn his favorite pursuit, painting and sculpting, into a vocation. He resided in Castle Valley and spent his days researching, painting, and sculpting in his studio.

Pete and his wife Pat were married 60 years. She passed on September 21, 2013. In 2018, thanks to Google, he was lucky enough to meet and marry Rosalie Gilroy from Alexandria, Virginia. Rosalie loved him enough to join him in Castle Valley. There he was blessed to end his days in her arms in complete and total happiness.

Pete was torn away from his “Little Honey” on January 22, 2021 due to complications from the Coronavirus. He was 90 years young. He is preceded in death by his parents, first wife Patricia Ann Henry, and son Mark Plastow. Pete is survived by his wife Rosalie, son James Plastow (Joyce), son William Plastow (Linda), daughter-in-law Bonnie Plastow, and daughters Suzy Gordon (Kent), Tina Andersen (Scott), Missy Conklin (Bryan), 30 grandchildren and over 50 great-grandchildren. His bonus children are Maureen McHugh (Douglas), Laura Johnson (Grant), Michael Minarik (Howie), Patrick Minarik (Anita), and Susan Minarik Delgado and 4 bonus grandchildren.

Pete Plastow was a self-taught painter and sculptor of the West who takes from his years of experience as a cowboy, ranch foreman and herdsman on ranches in Florida, Texas, Utah and Colorado and puts them into his paintings and sculptures. Pete has been featured in the Cowboy Artists Calendar, Western Horseman, Art of the West, Southwest Art, Utah Highways, and Canyon Legacy Art. His works are in the collection of the Springville Museum of Art, Utah, Grand Junction Art Center, Colorado, North Central Texas College at Gainesville, Institute of Art, Albany, N.Y. He has done background paintings for the Smithsonian American History Museum in Washington, D.C., and the Eisenhower Library. His work is in private collections in the United States, England, Europe, Spain, China and South Africa.

At Peter's request cremation has taken place and a Graveside services will be held February 6th at 1:00 p.m. at the Sunset Memorial Garden Cemetery in Moab, Utah with live streaming on Spanish Valley Mortuary facebook page.


Pete was my mother's first cousin - his parents had emigrated to the US from Europe early in the 20th century. As we all live in England, few of us knew him, but I had the great privilege of meeting this amazing man on 3 occasions. I visited him in 1983 on a drive across America, staying with him and his first wife Pat at their home in Castle Valley along with two of their seven children - the fabulous Tina and incredible Missy. I stayed only a few days but developed a lifetime friendship with him - seeing him at work as a very talented artist, at home with his amazing family, and travelling around Moab and the region that he loved. I visited again with my wife Babeth in 2001, by which time Pat was ill, and again with all my children in 2008. He always welcomed us with great generosity and kindness, and I grieve with his children and family at his passing. So long Uncle Pete!
- The Courtenay family

Pete was my "step-dad". Just over two years ago, Pete made my mom, Rosalie the happiest woman on the planet. Pete's entry into our lives was a big surprise! And what a wonderful surprise it turned out to be. I met Pete in the fall of 2018, when he visited Mom in northern Virginia. Pete's smile, his charm, and his wit immediately captured my heart too. More than that, I could see how much he loved Mom, and how happy she was with him. Honestly I had never seen my mom so happy in my entire life! My husband, Doug immediately took to Pete, and they had an unforgettable Thanksgiving prepping food together, and laughing at anything and everything. Our kids loved him as well, as did the life-long friends of our family who had the pleasure of spending time with Pete. I will be forever grateful to God for bringing Pete into our lives. He stole my heart because he stole my mom's. We will miss him terribly, but we are so blessed to have had him in our family. To Pete's lifelong, beloved family, I am so very glad that you have been so kind and wonderful to Mom! I consider you family, and always will. You are all in my prayers, and those of my family.
- Maureen McHugh

I had the honor of meeting Pete Plastow only a year or so ago, but his friendliness made you feel that he had known you long before then. Remember Pete as a true American Icon, because that is exactly what he is; one of the original Marlboro Men from the cigarette commercials decades ago; a handsome American cowboy sitting tall (and he was tall indeed) and proud, astride the saddle of his horse, and looking to the horizon. Later Pete became renowned as a gifted Western artist; beautiful paintings, online and in art galleries'. One of Pete's children "Mark", sadly preceding his father in passing, became a member of the U.S. Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS, where I had the pleasure of serving with Special Agent Mark Plastow. When fate had Pete and I crossing paths recently, Pete and I had great discussions about his son Mark. Pete's spirit will always be somewhere out there in the West, where he would want to be...
- Paul Sparks (Falls Church, Virginia)

When I started working at the NYS Museum Pete was already there. I was the secretary for the Design and Production department. I was very shy and pretty short so he really enjoyed teasing me. I remember how proud he was of all of his kids, and I even got to meet them when they came to work with him. I had never seen so many beautiful blondes!! Pete and Patt were amazing parents and their kids turned out to be amazing also. After I retired Pete called me often to check up on me and get any news I had about our old co-workers. I always asked about the kids and he proudly kept me informed about all of you. After Patt passed he was very lonely and I was so happy when he reconnected with Rosalie. She brought back the sun to his life and he was so very happy and content. I will miss his calls checking up on me but I will never forget my friend the tall cowboy!
- Rosemary Malinowski

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