Published in Salt Lake Tribune on Apr. 5, 2015 and written by his children.
Edwin Garth Pearce passed away at his home in St. George, Washington County, Utah on Sunday evening, March 29, 2015.
Ed was born December 20, 1939 in Moab, Grand County, Utah to Earnest and Lettie "Nanny" Jensen Pearce.
He graduated from Cyprus High School in 1958 where he was the star quarterback on the football team,
the starting catcher on the baseball team, and the starting point guard on the basketball squad.
Brother Doug, Sister Joan, Niece Candy, Eddie and Cousin Robert
Sisters Zora, Jeannie and Zelma, Eddie and Cousin Clare; Brother Doug and Cousins Robert and Richard
Cousins Robert and Richard; Eddie and Cousin Clare, Grandpa Neils Jensen and Brother Doug
He attended the University of Utah and graduated from Weber State College with a BS degree in Psychology.
He also served in the U.S. Army from 1960-1963 where he was stationed in Japan and was a player/coach
for several military athletic teams.
Ed married his wife Carole in 1967 and together raised four children whom he truly adored: son Brett (Amber),
daughter Rhonda (Tom), son Ken (Rise) and son Ryan (Christy). He also worked for United Airlines in Salt Lake
City and Denver for 34 years before retiring in 2001. Ed and Carole have since moved to Sun River in St. George, Utah
where they have enjoyed retirement for the past 14 years.
Ed loved playing and watching sports, sharing stories about his life experiences, and having his family visit.
He truly loved his children, his 13 grandchildren, and all of his great grandchildren - he was sure to tell
them how he felt every time he spoke to them.
Ed and Carole traveled together and they enjoyed many trips to Hawaii over the years. If you knew Ed, especially
prior the last years of his life, he was the most fun loving person you would ever find. No one took over a dance
floor at weddings, dove off diving boards, or could make a room explode in laughter the way he could.
Ed was an incredibly humble man and always thought of others first. He will be missed dearly. A celebration Ed's
life will be held Saturday, April 11th, from 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. at the Lake Hills Memorial Park & Mortuary at
10055 South State Street, Sandy, Utah.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to your favorite charity or the Beagle Freedom Project at
We love you Dad!!