Our hearts are saddened to announce the passing of our husband, father, grandfather, brother, and friend. David Brent Pearson passed away at home on June 8, 2023. His health had been failing for several years.

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Dave was born in Salt Lake City, Utah on May 11, 1945. He grew up in Salt Lake, Reno, and Boise. He graduated from the University of Idaho with a degree in Forestry, although he ended up pursuing a career as an aerospace quality engineer for Hercules and then at ATK.

After graduating from college, Dave was drafted into the army and spent a hellish year in the jungles of Vietnam. He returned home with two Silver Stars, three Bronze Stars, two Purple Hearts, and an Army Commendation Medal. His fellow soldiers considered him a hero, and he was recognized for his service in Vietnam at a ceremony at Ft. Benning, Georgia in 2003. This all came at a high cost. Dave had PTSD and suffered from emotional trauma that few can understand. He smoked his first cigarette on the flight to Vietnam, a habit he fought for the remainder of his life. He spent many years using alcohol to cope. We were all incredibly proud of him when he chose to go through rehab in 2005. He had nearly 18 years of sobriety and was a proud member of AA. In 1999, Dave was able to reconnect with many of his comrades from Vietnam. This continued interaction brought him much-needed peace and healing.

Dave married his sweetheart Christine Walker on November 21, 1970. They made their home in Salt Lake City. They were blessed with two daughters, Kerry in 1975 and Marcy in 1977, and later welcomed two sons-in-law, Jeff McMullin and Jeff Stott. "The Jeffs" were like sons to him and were always there when he needed them. Dave's grandkids, Ellie, Sam, Noah, Carter, Lizzy, Leah, and Joey, had him wrapped around their fingers and brought out his soft side. His family was the highlight of his life, and he was very proud of them all.

Dave enjoyed golf, woodworking, boating with his family, hunting, fishing, and maintaining a beautiful home and yard. He had an insatiable sweet tooth and especially liked chocolate. He loved dogs and had a canine companion throughout his life. We wouldn't be surprised if his border collie Maggie greeted him on the other side with her tennis ball.

Dave is survived by his wife Chris, daughters Kerry McMullin (Jeff) and Marcy Stott (Jeff), seven grandchildren, and his sister Kathy Mabey. He was preceded in death by his parents, Cecil and Jane Pearson, his brother Jerry Pearson, and his sister Carolyn Schick.

With gratitude, we would like to recognize the VA Hospital, where Dave received many hours of medical care and mental health counseling.

A memorial service with military honors will be held at the Utah Veterans Cemetery and Memorial Park at Camp Williams, in the Sunset Chapel, at 12:15 pm on Friday, June 30th. A luncheon will follow at the stake center located at 8150 South Grizzly Way in West Jordan at approximately 2:30 pm. All friends and family are welcome.

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Dick talked about you and Shorty all the time after we were married. always wondered about you and Shorty till 1999. The phone calls about the reunion back and force, "If you go, I'll go!!" Finally, you all went and what a REUNION it was!!! The 3 of you were talking after one the nights in our hotel room. I was a small mouse in the corner just listening. Tears and laughter, I was in Awe!! Then the many times in Columbus, Georgia. The surprise visit when your daughters and one of the Jeffs showed up just as you were talking about the girls. The smile on your face was Priceless!! That's the Dave I will remember!! I hope you and Dick and a few off your buddies meet up in heaven for a great Reunion!! Love ya always Dave!! See you later.

Barb Brown , Bellflower, IL, US Jun 30, 2023

Dick talked about you and Shorty all the time after we were married. always wondered about you and Shorty till 1999. The phone calls about the reunion back and force, "If you go, I'll go!!" Finally, you all went and what a REUNION it was!!! The 3 of you were talking after one the nights in our hotel room. I was a small mouse in the corner just listening. Tears and laughter, I was in Awe!! Then the many times in Columbus, Georgia. The surprise visit when your daughters and one of the Jeffs showed up just as you were talking about the girls. The smile on your face was Priceless!! That's the Dave I will remember!! I hope you and Dick and a few off your buddies meet up in heaven for a great Reunion!! Love ya always Dave!! See you later.

Barb Brown , Bellflower, IL, US Jun 30, 2023

My heart is with Chris and family at this time. Having known and worked with Chris for over 30 years, I know how Chris appreciated all Dave went through during his Service years as well as after. She took pride in the metals he received. Chris welcomed the opportunity to show students and others Dave’s metals, as many had never had such an opportunity before. Despite Dave’s health issues and choices, Chris was always looking for the best outcomes for Dave. He loved and still loves his family and grandchildren, this they can be sure of. Comfort and blessings to all.

Darlene Bennett , RIVERTON, UT, US Jun 29, 2023

My heart is with Chris and family at this time. Having known and worked with Chris for over 30 years, I know how Chris appreciated all Dave went through during his Service years as well as after. She took pride in the metals he received. Chris welcomed the opportunity to show students and others Dave’s metals, as many had never had such an opportunity before. Despite Dave’s health issues and choices, Chris was always looking for the best outcomes for Dave. He loved and still loves his family and grandchildren, this they can be sure of. Comfort and blessings to all.

Darlene Bennett , RIVERTON, UT, US Jun 29, 2023

My heart is with Chris and family at this time. Having known and worked with Chris for over 30 years, I know how Chris appreciated all Dave went through during his Service years as well as after. She took pride in the metals he received. Chris welcomed the opportunity to show students and others Dave’s metals, as many had never had such an opportunity before. Despite Dave’s health issues and choices, Chris was always looking for the best outcomes for Dave. He loved and still loves his family and grandchildren, this they can be sure of. Comfort and blessings to all.

Darlene Bennett , RIVERTON, UT, US Jun 29, 2023

I have always looked up to Dave even when we were younger. Need more time to process his passing.

Dale Birkeland , Audubon , MN, US Jun 22, 2023

Dave and Chris were our dear neighbors for many years. We grew to love them and their beautiful daughters. Our love goes out to Chris, Kerry and Marci. Dave was a wonderful neighbor and friend!

Marcel and Janet Davidson , South Jordan, UT, US Jun 22, 2023

So sad to hear of Dave's passing. Our hearts and thoughts are with the whole family. Hang on to all the special memories.

Kathleen and Bryce Tolley Jun 22, 2023

God be with you Dave, I sure hope there’s a golf course in heaven.

Marilyn Harris , West Valley City, UT, US Jun 22, 2023

Dave Person was a soldier in my company - Alpha Company, 2-47th Infantry, 9th Division, Vietnam. He will be missed along with so many others I had the privilage to serve with in Vietnam. We are all starting to meet the Big Ranger, but we will continue to honor those who served with dedication and bravely, as well as those we lost, for they will be forever young in our memory. Dave was highly decorated for his bravery under fire along with many others that were drafted and served with honor in Alpha Company. I had many deep conversations at with Dave at reunions - he was a very sensitive and caring man who cared for his fellow soldiers, his country and his wife, Chris. God bless you, Dave. You did your duty.

God Bless America

Russ

Russell Zink , San Luis Obispo, CA, US Jun 21, 2023

My Heart is heavy for my dear friends passing .. Dave was so instrumental in helping me get sober 15 Yrs ago. When I lost my drivers license due to many DUI's David would never hesitate to pick me up and take me to an AA Meeting. We became fast friends and Dave loved telling me stories about his service in the Vietnam war in which I found very interesting. He was one tough courageous Man .. I have the utmost respect for him. Thru the years he would help me on painting my house and I helped him with his shed in his backyard and other projects. Chris is such a Sweetheart. Dave loved her so Dearly. To the Pearson Family I give my deepest condolences. Rest in Peace my friend

Brian Bonham , Bluffdale, UT, US Jun 21, 2023

sooo sorry to hear of daves passing. a great man. i knew that he had served in vietnam, but had no idea that he had served with such distinction, a true american hero !! my heartfelt condolences to the pearson family. p.b.

pat bergin , slc, UT, US Jun 21, 2023

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