Lt. Col. Jack F. Pierce (Ret.), 1921-2007
Lt. Col. Jack F. Pierce (Ret.) died May 19, 2007, in Des Moines, Iowa, while attending a reunion of the 113th Cavalry Recon Squadron (Red Horse).
He was born July 6, 1921, in Twin Falls, Idaho, the son of Cliff Pierce and Hester E. Schurr.
Jack joined the U.S. Navy and later the U.S. Army, serving in the 113th Recon Squadron in Germany during World War II. After returning from the war, he began working for the U.S. Forest Service, retiring in 1976. He continued his military service by serving in the National Guard and Army Reserves. He returned to active duty during the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1961 and was stationed at Ft. Hood, Texas. He retired from the Army in 1973.
Jack married Shirley A. Richardson in Boise, Idaho, on Oct. 17, 1942. They have three children. During his time with the Forest Service they moved often, living in Oregon, Idaho, Utah, Texas, Colorado and California. After retirement, Jack became interested in politics and was elected to the Roy City Council. After serving on the Council for a time, he successfully ran for mayor of Roy, Utah, being elected in 1982. They eventually moved to Cottonwood.
Jack was also a member of the Elks for 63 years and was a Past Exalted Ruler of BPOE # 1680 in Burns, Ore. He also worked with the Elks Lodge in Roy as their ritual coach for many years. He was a member of the Masons, Scottish Rite, and Shrine. Jack was a life member and Past Commander of the VFW in Cottonwood and was proud to be acting Commander of the Post Honor Guard. He was a Past Commander of the American Legion, a member and Past Worthy Patron of Eastern Star and Past Associate Guardian of Jobs Daughters.
Jack is survived by his wife, Shirley; daughter, Jeanne (Steve) Sanchez, of Hooper; sons, Ben (Sharla) Pierce, of Lakewood, Colo; and Jim (Roxanne) Pierce, of Roy; grandchildren, Michael (Diane) Dauby, Lori (Michael) Dooley, Chris Pierce, Heather (Jake) Tafoya, Andrea Pierce, Curtis Pierce, Tom Sylvester; and nine great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, May 26, 11 a.m., at Lindquist's Roy Mortuary, 3333 W. 5600 South.
Friends and family may call Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. and Saturday from 9:45 to 10:45 a.m. at the mortuary.
Interment, Lindquist's Washington Heights Memorial Park, 4500 Washington Blvd.
Memorial donations can be made to the VFW Post # 7400 Honor Guard, P.O. Box 689, Cottonwood, AZ 86326.
E-mail condolences to the family at www.lindquistmortuary.com.
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