Charlene Peters was born at Loma Linda Hospital and raised in Colton, graduating from Colton High. Growing up, she spent a lot of summers in Utah with her Grandma Ault and loved playing softball with all her cousins in the small town of 350 people of Cedar Valley, Utah.


After high school she worked at Colton Justice Court for Judge Lawrence E. Madsen, later moving on to the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Office. After that she went on to get her teaching credential and taught part time for 30 years (seven in Colton and 23 at Victor Valley College). She retired in 2002 and now writes a column for the Hesperia Star and serves on the HARD Foundation Board for the Hesperia Recreation and Park District.



Q: What makes you tick?


A: My family is No. 1. I think attitude and service to others is so important.



Q: What is the source of your values?


A: Having faith and believing in God. I know without a doubt prayers are answered, especially with our trials that we have in our lives. Even with our good days prayer is so important.



Q: Who is someone who had a big influence on your life?


A: There are many but my dad, Judge Madsen, Sheriff Bland, Val Shearer and Percy Bakker were/are mentors. In 1983, I was drill team advisor for Hesperia Junior High and Mike Smith was vice principal and my boss. He was a big influence for myself and my family. We are still the best of friends and thank you Mike for who you are and what you have done for so many people. I could name so many more but integrity is so important and to be trusted is an honor to have. Thanks to all of you that have done this in my life.



Q: What is your favorite quotation?


A: I love quotations, going clear back to high school. Here are three of my favorite: 1) "What others say about you is not as important as what you say about yourself. Speak kindly." 2) "I've learned that people forget what you said but people will never forget how you made them feel." 3) "Never let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game."



Q: What motivates you?


A: The love of life, family, friends, baking, sewing and everyday adventures.



Q: What is your secret to living a happy satisfying life?


A: Being positive and taking a day at a time. I admit I am a worrier but I also enjoy so many things about life.



Q: What is something you are particularly proud of?


A: My kids and especially my seven grandchildren. Their sweet spirits are full of love and they are so honest (most times). We can learn a lot from children observe and listen...



Q: What book had a significant impact on you?


A: "The Yearling." My brother even gave me a copy of it years ago and I remember how excited I was to get it. Thanks again Bro!



Q: What are five things you can't live without?


A: My family, friends, my faith, grandchildren and of course my classic cars.



Q: What is your passion?


A: My husband Gary of almost 41 years of marriage, classic cars, sports, the love of horses and rodeos and much more.



Q: What do you do in your free time?


A: What free time? But I love being a columnist for the Hesperia Star and being on the HARD Foundation Board for Hesperia Recreation and Park.



Q: What's your favorite movie and why?


A: "Casa Blanca," "Shane," "Steel Magnolias," "Fried Green Tomatoes" and many more. These are excellent movies and down to earth... I could watch them over and over.



Q: What's your favorite guilty pleasure?


A: Homemade ice cream.



Q: Tell us about your first car.


A: A 1954 Plymouth when I turned 18. My dad co-signed for me and I paid $200 for the car and payments were $19 a month.



Q: What is your earliest memory of Hesperia?


A: No traffic and I even rode my horse down Main Street on the sidewalk with Connie Smith. Those were the days.



Q: If you could change one thing about Hesperia, what would it be?


A: Bring police dogs back.



Q: Is there anything else you'd like to say?


A: I want to tell the Hesperia Police Department how much I appreciate everything they do. The COPs, Explorers and PAL. How I've loved meeting, working with and writing about you. You are great. To the fire department: Thank you for helping me in 1992 when I broke both legs in a horse accident. Then in 2009, when Gary had his heart attack and I rushed him to the station. Then he spent 28 days in the hospital. Thanks to everyone. Life can change in an instant. We must value every minute we have. I also feel being kind to people is so important. I'm thankful for what I have and I'm thankful for all of you.


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