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Supervisors' meeting adjourned in memory of Pearce

The San Diego County Board of Supervisors adjourned their January 27 meeting in memory of Rainbow’s Larry Pearce, who passed away January 11 at the age of 75.

“Larry Pearce served his community well, with key contributions to the I-15 Corridor Design Review Board, the Rainbow Community Planning Group, and the Rainbow Property Owners Association,” said Supervisor Bill Horn, who read the adjournment in memory.

Pearce also chaired the Rainbow Municipal Water District’s Budget and Finance Committee at the time of his death. “Mr. Pearce was active in his community,” Horn said.

Pearce was born in 1933 in what is now Torrance, CA. He grew up in Torrance and left high school to join the Air Force during the Korean War. His service included a communications assignment in Okinawa.

While in the military Pearce obtained his GED degree, and after his discharge he graduated from Long Beach State College, where he earned both a Bachelor of Science degree and a Masters of Business Administration. He later earned a law degree from Western State University.

Pearce was active in property management and small business consulting, and he taught small business entrepreneurship at Fullerton College for 35 years.

Pearce was also active in speed skating, and in 1963 he set a world record for a 50-mile skate. He was involved in Olympic events, and he drove the first Zamboni ice surfacing machine as part of an agreement to maintain the ice at Frank Zamboni’s rink in exchange for skating time.

Survivors include his wife, Nita, four daughters from a previous marriage, and Nita Pearce’s two sons. The six children have combined for ten grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Larry Pearce is also survived by a brother and a sister.

“Larry Pearce was a ‘can do’ type of person, and he will be missed,” Horn said.

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