Peter Van Valkenburg was born May 19, 1950 in Salt Lake City, Utah. He attended Brigham Young University between 1969 and 1972 and while there, he played on the university’s football team as a running back for three years. At BYU his number was #28 and he was voted All-American in 1972 and was awarded the NCAA rushing title in 1972. In 1973, the New Orleans Saints drafted Van Valkenburg into the National Football League (NFL). In his football career, Van Valkenburg played for the Buffalo Bills in 1973, Green Bay Packers in 1974, and the Chicago Bears in 1974. He finished his career in 1975 playing with the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the Canadian Football League (CFL). Van Valkenburg finished his Bachelor’s degree in earth science in 1984 from BYU. In 1988, Van Valkenburg received a Master’s in Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosciences from Northern Arizona University. In June 1984, Van Valkenburg began working at Dixie State University as a Professor of Geology and continued until his retirement in 2017. While at Dixie he served as the Chair of the Physical Science Department for a few years.