Hermann August Peine

May 27, 1944 ~ May 1, 2020

Hermann August Peine, after a courageous dance with cancer passed peacefully on his own terms being surrounded by his family on Friday May 1st, 2020. Hermann was born on May 27th, 1944 in Hildesheim Germany, to Jutta Viktoria Peine, who had been recently widowed. The post war years were quite difficult with very challenging living conditions, yet in spite of this his mother was able to provide a wonderful childhood for him. At the age of seven, they received approval to emigrate, so on Christmas Eve they began their journey. They left their home and loved ones behind in Germany to travel to a new life beyond the sea in America. Thanks to dear friends in Utah who sponsored their travels, Hermann and Viktoria settled first in Farmington, Utah, and then later moved to Salt Lake City.

Growing up in the Avenues area of Salt Lake City, Hermann attended West High School before serving a mission in Switzerland. During his mission, Hermann felt the desire to work with people, which led him to attend the University of Utah where he earned his Masters and PHD in Clinical Psychology. Hermann was never one to be bored and always created his own career path including time spent working in London at the Hospital for Sick Children, as a professor at Western Michigan University alongside B.F. Skinner, and as an adjunct professor at the University of Utah teaching various psychology courses. Being a dynamic teacher, Hermann taught courses such as the Psychology of Children’s Literature and the Psychology of Living Spaces and Design (which he taught both in the classroom as well as a study abroad leading students through Europe for a month each summer). Hermann held a variety of other positions including, teaching Drug and Alcohol prevention in school districts across the entire state of Utah, working with severe handicapped at the Utah State Developmental Center in American Fork, providing health and wellness clinics around Utah for the State Health Department, providing youth Autism Assessments and Counseling for the County of Kauai, and had a private counseling practice. Hermann loved to incorporate travel as part of his work, and had no qualms about bringing his wife or children along wherever he went, with one such favorite opportunity being bringing his family to the island of Cyprus, where he was granted a Fulbright Scholarship to work on conflict resolution between the two sides of the divided island.

Hermann had a lot of loves in life, with the foremost being his wife Louise Merkley whom he married in the Logan Temple in 1975. Hermann, Louise and daughter Emily began their new life together as a family in Springville Utah. Their family soon grew with the addition of Jordan, Jonathan, Alina, and Michael. Hermann was a remarkable father, considering he never had one at home growing up, and was thrilled as each child arrived. He was quick to take the kids on a variety of spontaneous outings to give Louise a break. There were many last minute drives to the canyons to see the leaves, weekend camping trips, night skiing and hiking. Everything was an adventure for Hermann Peine, and he thrived on new experiences, especially when shared with family.

It is tough to describe a day in the life of Herman, as he was never one to be bored and always had a zest for life. Some of his great loves include a lifetime gardening partnership with Louise, his daily filling of the feeder to then watch the birds, a lifetime full of skiing (he was very proud of his 10 days on the mountain this year), painting, photography, beekeeping, candle making, Christmas curry making, hiking, camping, long drives with Louise, road trips with family, Costco runs, all day beach days, writing (having published a number of books), and even simply puttering around the garage and yard. Hermann had a sense of fun, and was never afraid to laugh or be laughed at. He was a master of the “Dad Joke” and a master chef of very random meals, which his kids may (or may not) have loved equally.

Hermann believed in spontaneous service and was quick to recognize a need or to provide a word of comfort or direction. This belief, along with his psychology background, came to great use as he served in his community as well as for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints where he served in many capacities including, serving as Bishop in Springville, Utah, as well as in the High Council for many years in both Alpine, Utah and Kauai, Hawaii. Later in life Hermann was able to serve three missions with his spouse, including a Salt Lake City inner-city mission, a humanitarian mission working with refugees from southeast Asia, as well as the Mental Health Advisor to the West Africa Area based in Ghana. All of these service opportunities brought joy to Hermann as it enabled him to connect with and “talk story” with a wide variety of people whom he loved so dearly. Throughout his life Hermann collected a great number of dear friends and adopted family across the world from Utah, to Hawaii, Europe and Africa. Hermann also felt a strong connection to family, including his earthly father whom he had never met in this life. This was his greatest love, to connect with others, along with his love for his Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ.

During the last week of his life Hermann reassured his family saying he is totally happy with no regrets in this earthly life. With a bit of a laugh, he repeated an old German quote often used by his mother saying, “All things have an end, only a sausage has two”.

Being an only child, Hermann always wished for a large family, and in this he definitely succeeded as he was preceded in death by his father Hermann August Peine, Mother Jutta Viktoria Peine, uncle Hans-Otto Deppe, Aunt Ursula Specht, Parents-in-law Lon and Helen Merkley and Brother-in-law Christopher Merkley. Hermann is survived by his wife Louise Merkley Peine, Children Emily Haley, Jordan Peine (Kimberly), Jonathan Peine, Alina Peine (Joseph Diaz), Michael Peine (Alexandra) and grandchildren Oliver Haley, Charles Haley, London Peine, Anderson Peine, Vivian Peine and Anya Diaz. As well as his Aunt Doris Deppe-Lindenthaler, and cousins Andre Deppe (Sachiko), Eveline Machleid (Oliver), Julia Wiese (Mattias), Ronja Titz (Benjamin) and Jens Deppe (Tabea). Siblings-in-law Kay Merkley, Parry Merkley (Carolyn), Ruth Fish, Allyson Merkley and Nania Merkley, and many beloved nieces, nephews and extended family around the world.

A viewing for Hermann will be held on Thursday May 7th, 2020 at Larkin Sunset Lawn and then will be interred at the Salt Lake City Cemetery. Due to current gathering restrictions, a memorial service will be held in St. George, Utah at a later date yet to be determined.


Guestbook/Condolences

Herm Peine is the quintessential Renaissance Man with an infectious zest for life and all its possibilities. My heart warms at the memories of his story telling, lovely music, massive candles and fabulous concoctions dished up in their white Springville home. Both he and Louise were always so gracious and welcoming to our family. They truly exemplified “if there is anything virtuous, lovely or of good report or praiseworthy, we seek after these things.” Godspeed, my friend.

- Pam Tippetts
Shed no tears of sorrow for I am not gone. Believe in your heart and I will be there. Believe in your heart and i am there.

- K&S Sherer
He was a father to me, and I ‘m going to miss him. My deepest sympathies go out to you Sister Peine, and your family has encountered. My condolence.

- ELVIS ANTWI
All our love and big hugs…Louise and Herman you both have been in our thoughts and prayers…we are grateful for the beautiful memories created at the Carvalho’s home..playing cards..eating..thank you for all your stories Herman thank you for teaching me the secret to winning that card game…our deepest heartfelt condolences.

- Iwa & Darrell Fu
I wish Hermann’s family and the widow (Louise) my heartfelt condolence. May the Lord strengthen and bless you to overcome your pain for the loss.

- Charles Sono-Koree
Aloha Bro Peine until we meet again! Bro Peine or uncle Herman as many of us addressed him on Kauai was an amazing man full of love and service to people all around him. I will always cherish the sweet hug and smile I got from him the last time he was at our Lihue Ward. We love you and your sweet ohana and will always keep you in our hearts and sweet memories. Aloha oe, until we meet again! Tyrus & Alicia Miyashiro

- Alicia Miyashiro
We were so blessed to know our good friend, Herman. Knowing Herman made you want to be a better person. He was a good example of how one should live their life. We will miss you, Herman, but look forward to meeting you on the other side…

- Bruce & Dianna Raymond
Dearest Louise & Family, We are so terribly sorry for your loss. Hermann was one of those people you felt you had known for a long time, even though we had barely gotten to know you both. We hope you know you are in our hearts and prayers at this time. Love, The Harrises

- Lynn & Jan Harris
Dearest Louise and ohana! What a wonderful obituary. The finest that I’ve ever seen for this loving amazing man! Hermann I will miss you. You and Louise made a huge impact on my life since joining the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints 8 yrs ago. I’m sure you will be very busy doing good for Heavenly Father and our Savior Jesus Christ! My heartfelt sympathy to you dear Louise and your ohana. ❤️ eternally

- Bev Fernandez
Deepest heartfelt condolences to Louise and family. We were blessed to have worked with Dr. Peine at the Kauai Family Guidance Center. His dry humor always gave us a chuckle. He was a true renaissance man, except he couldn’t fix physical things. He could “fix” heal hearts and minds of the families he served at our office. He will always be in our hearts. Please take care. With Deepest Sympathy, Ida Fujimoto

- IdaFujimoto