Peter David Rosten 2/18/1949 – 4/18/2017
A True Believer who undoubtedly left this world a better place.
Loving son of Irwin and Florence Rosten.
Adoring husband of the ever-patient Susan Rosten.
The bedrock protector of their four children; Charity Lofthouse (partner Meredith), Amity Sinclair (husband Skye), Justus Johnson and Medelee Antoinolli (husband John).
"Papa Zeydazilla" to Ax, Elliott, Clementine, Éwoyn and grandbaby number 5 due in September.
Born in Brooklyn. Raised in L.A. Set free in Montana.
Peter’s character was shaped by his strong beliefs and ample contradictions. Both Jewish and Buddhist. Passionate and compassionate. Dedicated. Directed. Driven. He was a blues musician, boogie boarder and powerful athlete. A California high school soccer champion in the 1960's and die hard Packers fan through thick and thin. He was just as comfortable exploring the far corners of the world as he was atop a horse in Montana. Peter was neither the world’s best driver, nor lawn mower. He was fluent in Spanish and French while speaking sufficient Japanese to get himself both into and out of trouble. Peter was unfailingly true to his word with a great mind and fierce loyalty. He was a recycled hippie who grew to become a generous benefactor, arts patron, peace maker, freedom fighter and believer in the magical power of creativity.
Peter's work ethic left everyone else in the dust through his many careers and self reinventions. He was a truck driver (until the first wreck!), advertising model for Chuck Norris’ gym, poster salesman for Jimi Hendrix, film editor, writer, director, producer, ranch hand (he survived the cutting of more than a few bull calves), poorly paid musician, teacher and entrepreneur. And it was no coincidence that this cultivator of good press had the initials "P.R.” His commitment to adventure and big-heartedness gave his family endless stories, photos, and reasons to love him to the moon and back. His grandchildren could never prove he was half dinosaur, half superhero, but they have long suspected.
Of all his business accomplishments, Peter was most proud of founding the MAPS Media Institute. He was in awe of Montana’s youth and dedicated his final 14 years to helping them "Find Their Voices" through the arts. He leaves behind his trusted MAPS partner and confidant Clare Ann Harff, along with staff Bill Bratches, Tim Kolberg, Dru Carr, Mika Virtaneva, Lucas Laparra and Sarah Jones. His world was enriched immeasurably by the thousands of students and supporters that grew MAPS beyond his wildest hopes. They all join in celebrating his unfailing message of inspiration while forgiving his occasional lapses into more colorful language.
By Peter’s request, an endowment fund has been established to ensure MAPS programming for generations to come. Donations may be made payable to Edward Jones, PO Box 856, Hamilton, MT, 59840. Peter would want you to know that gifts in his honor may be tax deductible but are unquestionably the true measure a mensch. (That's Yiddish, look it up.)
His family extends their deepest gratitude to Peter’s healthcare team, Dr. Ashcraft and Judith Nordman, Dr. Bekemeyer, Dr. Thomas, Dr. Michael Synder, Dr. Linford, and Andi, Dee, Rachel and Adria.
Peter often told students “It’s not about being right, it’s about getting it right.” Those weren't just words, it was the way the he lived.
Peter, may your journey be in peace, and safety ever yours (no turtling!). At your next stop, may all the chain saws be sharp and full of gas.
You will always be in our hearts.
Peter’s memorial service will be held Saturday, June 3, 2017, noon to 3 p.m., at the Hamilton Performing Arts Center, 327 Fairgrounds Road, Hamilton, MT.