Russell Allen Pearce was born on June 19, 1961 in Bozeman, Montana to William Pearce and Vaidee June (Keil) Pearce. He passed away on Friday, August 24, 2018 in Caldwell, Idaho. He was raised by June and her second husband, Paul R. “Buzz” Griffin, the man Russell considered to be his father.
Russell attended Bozeman Public Schools and in May, 2006, he earned an Associate Degree in Diesel Mechanics from Boise State University, in Boise, Idaho.
In the mid 1980’s Russell married Barbara Statsar and together they had two children, Desiree Pearce and Raymond Pearce. In the mid 1990’s he married Alice Rene Stuart in Payette, Idaho. Russell lived in Montana, Oregon, Alaska and finally settled in the Caldwell, Idaho area where he live for a number of years.
During his working years he did a number of jobs, but worked as a long haul trucker for the majority of his life, driving over two million miles without an accident or ticket. After graduating from BSU, he was happy to work for a brief period of time as a diesel mechanic before illness made working an impossibility. For the last several years, he fought against a chronic illness, but still found ways to help out others whenever possible. From befriending another person who was struggling, to researching car problems for his sister, and looking out for his neighbors, Russell tried to make a difference for others.
Russell was preceded in death by his parents Paul and June, his paternal and maternal grandparents, numerous aunts and uncles, and both of his wives.
He is survived by his two children; his older brother James C. Pearce of Franklin Township, New Jersey; his sisters, Karen (Randy) Powers of Richland, Washington and Karla Griffin of Yakima, Washington; plus nephews, Mitchell Pearce, Yakima, Wash., Justin Pearce of Tieton, Wash., Aarin (Melissa) Morris of Rathdrum Idaho, Riley Powers of Richland, Wash., and Ethan Powers of Richland, Wash; along with his great-niece Madison Pearce of Yakima, Wash., and great nephew Wilson Morris of Rathdrum, Idaho. He is also survived by good friends Bob and Louise Renfro, Caldwell, Idaho, and Richard and Lorraine Kayser of Nampa, Idaho.
The family is especially appreciative of the care and friendship he received from Sarah Vay, and several others, which enabled him to live independently to the end of his life.
Russell, while never a Rotarian, was made a Paul Harris Fellow, of Rotary International in 2006 through the efforts of his brother Jim.
While Russell’s life was far from perfect, especially in his younger years, Russell worked hard in his later life to correct his mistakes, and repair the relationships he could repair prior to his death. If you want to do something in remembrance of him, reach out to someone in need, and give them a hand up, or even a simple smile.
The family is planning a graveside service in Bozeman, Montana in May of 2019. Russell’s remains will be buried with his parents, but his soul is already reunited with God and others he loved dearly.
“I tell you the truth, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be condemned. He has crossed over from death to life.” John 5:24