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Aug. 1, 1925-Jan. 17, 2013
Martin A. Pierce, 87, of Farmington, died peacefully on Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013 in Farmington. He was born Aug. 1, 1925 in Farmington.
Martin is survived by his wife, Beverly, of 65 years; his sons, David (Maxine) Pierce, of Farmington, John (Clare) Pierce, of Page, Ariz.; daughter, Susan (Steve) Nelson, of Farmington; grandchildren, Maj. Anthony (Michele) Thompson, of West Point, NY, Cori Thompson, of Washington, DC, Beth Thompson, of Frisco, Colo., Jason Nelson, of Farmington and Kyle Nelson of Denver, Colo., and Kevin Nelson, of Denver, Colo. and great-grandchildren, Chloe, Emma, and Joseph Thompson. He also leaves behind his beloved dog, Ginny.
Martin was educated in Aztec schools and graduated from Wasatch Academy, Mont. Pleasant, Utah. He enlisted in the Navy and served three years, two of them on a destroyer, The Grayson, in the South Pacific. While serving, he participated in the Battles for Okinawa Jima, Peleliu and Leyte Gulf. The Grayson crew received 13 Battle Stars while it served in the Pacific. He was discharged as a Chief Petty Officer. Years later, he and his family would attend reunions to visit his former shipmates.
Pierce graduated from the University of New Mexico in 1950 with a degree in business administrations. He joined Citizens Bank in Aztec that same year as a teller. He was a fourth generation of a long-time banking family. His great-grandfather, Nathan Pierce, owned a bank in Rhinebeck, Iowa and his son, TA Pierce, was associated with a bank in Trinidad, Colo. before moving to Aztec in 1903. TA founded the Citizens Bank in Aztec in 1905 and his son, John, would later serve as Chairman of Board. Martin joined the bank as a teller after college and was promoted to President in 1967. His son, David, continued the banking tradition, also started as teller and retired as Chairman of the Board.
Martin was an avid reader, advocated for the conservative cause, was politically minded, and loved to listen to jazz. He was a tireless worker for the common good through various organizations, one of which was the Aztec-to-Navajo Dam road project. He was a trustee of Wasatch Academy for several years.
In his early years, Pierce enjoyed car rallies with his wife. Together they organized a La Jornada rally that won them a National Title in 1963. They traveled extensively throughout the U.S. and overseas to Europe, China, and the Middle East during the 70's and 80's.
A memorial service will be 3:30 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 28 at St. John's Episcopal Church, 312 N. Orchard with the Rev. Dr. Guy Mackey officiating.
A reception will follow in the parish hall.
In lieu of flowers, please make contributions in his memory to a cause of your choice.
Martin's care is entrusted to Angel Valley Funeral Home, 2111 W. Apache St. in Farmington, 505-327-2710.
Those who wish to express their condolences may do so at
Angel Valley Funeral Home
2111 W. Apache Street
Farmington, NM 87401
Published in Farmington Daily Times from Jan. 19 to Jan. 31, 2013