Obituary of John David Lafayette Pearce:
Washington County News Vol II No. 4 February 18, 1909
Page 1, Column 1:
Indian War Veteran at Rest. Col. J.D.L. Pearce of Washington Has Fought His Last Battle.
The Grim Conqueror Wins
Col. John David Lafayette Pearce died at his home at Washington on Sunday February 7, 1909.
He was born in Itawamba County, Missippi, in 1837; came with his parents to Utah in 1853 and
settled at Payson. He was married while at Payson to Miss Martha E. Pace in 1856.
He came to Dixie in the spring of 1862, settling at St. George, later at Washington.
He is survived by his wife, three sons and four daughters.
Col. Pearce early showed the marked ability for military tactics which later brought him
into prominence as an Indian fighter. In 1853, soon after arriving at Payson he organized a
company of boys as soldiers and drilled them until they showed marked discipline and ability.
Col. Pearce took part in the Walker and Black Hawk Indian wars, and was commissioned a lieutenant
colonel by Governor Durkee of Utah to lead the volunteers of this section against the marauding
bands of Navajo and Ute Indians that caused so much trouble in the early days.
High honors were paid to the veteran at his funeral, which occurred at Washington on Tuesday,
the 8th inst. Fourteen carriages laden with occupants went from St. George to take part in the
ceremony. The meeting house at Washington would not hold the number of people in attendance.
The house was beautifully decorated with flowers and national flags. The speakers, Pres.
David H. Cannon, Bishop James Andrus, Pres. Ed H. Snow, Casper Bryner, Mayor Arthur Paxman,
Bishop Andrew Sproul, and Bishop Calvin Hall, some of them former comrades of deceased in
the Indian wars spoke in high terms of the services rendered to the country by Col. Pearce
and also words of comfort to the bereaved relatives.
The procession to the graveyard was preceded by twelve former comrades of deceased, mounted,
one of whom bore a large national flag, the company being under command of Captain James Andrus.
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