Obituary for PIERCE

Published in the Albuquerque Journal on Thursday September 02, 2010

Carrell T. "Jack" Pierce, age 80, passed away on August 30, 2010 in Albuquerque, NM. Jack was born to C.L. and Beulah Pierce in Sweetwater, TX. Jack was a veteran, and served in the United States Army in the Korean Conflict from 1951 to 1953. He served his country with honor and was awarded various medals for his conduct in battle. Upon his return to the States, he attended West Texas State University in Canyon, Texas, where he lettered in football, playing center and linebacker. At WTSU, he met his wife of 55 years, Janelle. After graduating from WTSU, he became the football coach at Plains High School where he also taught science and mathematics. He was named Coach of the Year for the South Plains by the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal in 1960. In 1964, he entered the insurance business, and in 1967, moved with his family to Albuquerque to open his own general agency which he operated until his retirement in 2001. Jack was active in youth sports, coaching his sons and many others over the years. As President of Roadrunner Little League, he helped the league in its purchase of its Northeast Heights property and fields. He also served on the Board of the Young American Football League during the years he acted as coach. He was a longtime member of the Albuquerque Country Club and an avid golfer. He was a member of Sandia Baptist Church. Jack is survived by his wife Janelle; his son Chris Pierce and wife Karen; his son Patrick Pierce; his daughter Penny Rose and husband Kerry; grandchildren Kevin Baker, Krystle Repichowski, Erin Rose, Kathleen Fleming, Kristian Rose, Ryan Rose, Connor Pierce, John Pierce, and Maloy Pierce; great-grandchildren Joslyn and Kasey, and nieces, nephews, other family members, many valued friends and "pards". He was preceded in death by his grandson Cooper Pierce. Services will be held Friday, September 3, 2010, 3:00 p.m., at Sandia Baptist Church, 9429 Constitution NE. The family suggests memorial donations be given to the New Mexico Alzheimer's Association, 9500 Montgomery NE, Suite 209, Albuquerque, NM, 87111. Please visit our online guestbook for Jack at www.RememberTheirStory.com French 7121 Wyoming Blvd. NE (505) 823-9400

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