DONALD PIERCE Donald Lloyd Pierce, born on 3-26-39, peacefully left this world on 2-10-13 to journey home surrounded by his loving wife & daughters, Jackie Pierce, Lianna & Michelle Costantino & his furry companions Peaches, Smiley and Fluffers. Even under the care of doctors, he suffered from undiagnosed cancer for a year before finally receiving this diagnosis & being given a prognosis of 1-6 months to live. He died 10 days later. Don was tended to lovingly by all in his last days & hours. Father Pat Travers from Holy Innocents came to administer the last rites which was greatly appreciated. Don filled his life with creativity & service to others in many ways, beginning with his service to our nation in the U.S. Air Force, where he spent countless hours in flight keeping our nation safe. Don spent 5 years in the Strategic Air Command of the U.S. Air Force stationed mainly in Greenland and Spain. In Spain he was elected to the Air Force Rodeo Team where he competed in bull riding, calf roping & other rodeo events. While other Airmen wore their cowboy hats in competition, Don always wore his trademark Harley Davidson bandanas. Don was also a member of the American Legion. In 1980, Don became a member of the recovering community and spent 32 years in sobriety & service to others. He returned to school at Loyola Marymount University, where he met his beloved wife Jackie, & completed the required 3 year internship to become an accredited drug & alcohol abuse counselor in order to assist people in recovering from their addictions. He literally saved many lives. There are hundreds of healthy clean & sober people enjoying their lives & families today thanks in part to Don's guidance. Don was also an accomplished & sought out speaker & a member of Toastmasters. He lectured at many major universities on drug & alcohol recovery & founded several addiction recovery groups for felons. Don worked in many hospitals in L.A. as well as creating & directing the Drug Court Program of the city of Long Beach. He & wife Jackie also owned and operated an outpatient alcohol drug treatment program in Torrance for 7 years prior to moving to Barstow Don was an accomplished & award winning painter & master carver. He restored a long retired chapter of the CA Carvers Guild and found a home for the carvers to meet at the Barstow Seniors Center. It was truly his great joy to mentor & teach from his many years of experience as a master carver and a CA Carvers Guild judge. Don will be remembered for his generous laughter & willingness to help any and all folks who expressed an interest in carving. His family wishes to thank the Visiting Nurses Association for their compassionate and tireless efforts to ease his last days and for all the friends who wished him well. Don was a man of strength, courage, integrity, humor & self-honesty and one who spoke the truth in a direct manner. He will be greatly missed by all who loved him.
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Published in the Daily Press on Mar. 2, 2013