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David Pearson

Posted 2009-03-04 by Sharon
The Wickenburg Sun, Wickenburg, AZ
February 25, 2009, p. A8

David “Lee” Pearson of Bremerton, Wash., and Wickenburg died Sunday (Feb. 22) after a 20-year battle with prostate cancer.

Dave was born Sept. 5, 1934, in Addy, Wash., graduated from Jenkins High in Chewelah, Wash., and moved to Bremerton in 1953 to serve a four-year apprenticeship in the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard as a rigger.

He married Sharon Eaton on Aug. 31, 1956, in Seattle Wash. Sharon earned their living while Dave, upon completion of the apprenticeship, went on to graduate from the University of Washington in 1961 with a degree in Electrical Engineering.

They moved to Silverdale Wash., where Dave began his chosen career in the Research and Engineering Department at the Naval Engineering Station at Keyport, becoming a Supervisory Electronics Engineer after 10 years. In that position he was in charge of the torpedo Tracking Systems Branch with responsibility for development and improvement of electronics on the Dabob Bay, Wash., and Nanoose, B.C., Canada testing ranges. He also played a significant role in modernizing the Atlantic Fleet Weapons Training Facility Tracking Range at St. Croix in the Virgin Islands.

In 1981, he transferred to the Data Processing Department as head of the Computer Resources staff and was a senior Computer Scientist. In that position, he guided and directed the planning for the vast network of computers and automated equipment that supported the vital mission of the Naval Station.

Many friends can attest to his helpful expertise in the area of personal computer hardware and software, which remained his passion even after his 1989 retirement from 32 years of federal service.

In 1994, he and his newly retired wife bought a home in Wickenburg, where Dave became a contributing member of the Wickenburg Art Club, the Wickenburg Conservation Foundation and Wickenburg Clean and Beautiful. He was a licensed amateur radio operator and made many more friends in addition to the ones he made in his many explorations and travels to various parts of the world. He spent summers with friends and family at the lakeside cabin they built in British Columbia, Canada, exploring new areas and revisiting favorites. Other hobbies through his life included photography, beekeeping, golfing, hiking, carpentry, and most recently artistic woodturning.

He is survived by Sharon, his wife of 52 years, of Wickenburg; three children - Pamela (Tom Brown) of Olympia Wash., David of Belfair Wash., and Leslie Morrison (Gary); granddaughter Vanessa of Wickenburg, and grandson Stephen Morrison (USAF in Korea); brothers George “Art” Pearson, Robert Pearson and Earl Pearson; sister Alice Christianson of Washington; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Dave especially asked Sharon to thank all of his friends for their wonderful messages of support and caring during his final illness.

At his request, no memorial services are planned.

If anyone desires, donations in his memory may be made to Wickenburg Art Club (P.O. Box 1737, Wickenburg, AZ 85358), Wickenburg Conservation Foundation (P.O. Box 20008, Wickenburg, AZ 85358) or Wickenburg Clean and Beautiful (P.O. Box 741, Wickenburg, AZ 85358).


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