David Lynn Pearce

August 16, 1938 - April 17, 2015


Native son, David Lynn Pearce passed away last week. David Lynn was born on August 16, 1938 to David Reese Pearce and Nola Joyce Lunt of Beaver, Utah. He was born in Cedar City, Utah

After graduation form Beaver High School, David Lynn was recruited by Coach Tony Knapp as a halfback for the Utah State Aggies. After his sophomore year he was called to serve an LDS Mission. That service to the Lord took him to Argentina and Chile at a time when there was only one mission in southern South America. Upon his return, he finished his football career with Coach John Ralston playing on the same team with Merlin Olsen, Lionel Aldridge and others of his team who went on to professional football. David graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Education and Physical Education in 1964. He got his Masterís Degree in 1969 while serving as head football coach at Bonneville High School in Idaho Falls, Idaho.

David Lynn had returned to his hometown of Beaver, Utah after retiring as a safety engineer on large construction projects. He started his career as a teacher/coach first in Snowflake, Arizona, then in Idaho Falls, Idaho. In 1968, he was hired for the inaugural staff for Central Arizona College in Casa Grande, Arizona as the first track and wrestling coach. He moved the family from Idaho with the assignment to plan for a football program for CAC.

When the college decided against a football program, Dave left teaching/coaching and came to Miami, Arizona where he spent twenty years at a local mine as a safety engineer. He was then hired as the safety engineer for the historic Roosevelt Dam reconstruction and then was in demand for huge projects all over the U.S. His last project was the remarkable project at Diamond Lake in Hemet, California, where three earthen dams now contain potable water for much of southern California.

David Lynn Pearce is survived by his spouse Linda; son David John (Shelley) of Prescott, Arizona; daughters Lisa Lynn Blodgett (David) of Cedar City, Utah and Laura Pearce of Miami, Arizona. His grandchildren are: David Reese, Rhett, and Emma Pearce of Prescott, Ariaona; and Hannah, Rachel and David Terry Blodgett of Cedar City, Utah.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, April 23, 2015 at 10:00 am at the LDS First Ward in Beaver, Utah. Interment will be in the Mountain View Cemetery under the direction of Southern Utah Mortuary.

I am the resurrection and the Life, Saith the Lord:
He that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:
and whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die.

I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth:
and though his body be destroyed, yet shall I see GOD:
whom I shall see for myself, and mine eyes shall behold, and not as a stranger.

We brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out.
The LORD gave, and the LORD hath taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD. AMEN

David Lynn in 1951

David Lynn in 1953

David Lynn in 1954

David Lynn in 1956

David Lynn later in life


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