H. Deane Pierce (1928 - 2017)

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Lubbock- Biography for H. Deane Pierce

Lubbock's beloved architect and interior designer H. Deane Pierce passed away on September 30, 2017. Born on October 7, 1928, Deane was always a proud native of Lubbock. He was a graduate of Lubbock High School and Texas Tech University. In 1950, Deane received a Bachelor of Architecture degree and was immediately drafted into the US Army to serve in the Korean war. For the following two years, he managed an architectural drafting room in Sasebo, Japan. This time started a life-long fascination with the architecture, art, customs, and poetry of Japan, including a deep admiration for the Japanese' love of beauty in all things. After finishing his military service, Deane apprenticed with the Lubbock architectural firm of Butler-Brasher. Many architects in the firm were only interested in commercial design, which allowed Deane to focus his career on residential architecture. Upon completion of licensing requirements, Deane made the decision, which to him was the most important in his life, to open his own firm in 1957. In 1968, Deane took a sabbatical year to live in Copenhagen and Paris and to study antique furniture in those cities. While living in Copenhagen, Deane was active in the choir of St. Alban's Anglican church.

Deane survived the 1970 Lubbock tornado; however, his toupee was a total loss.

In designing hundreds of homes, many clients requested Deane's advice to help with interior design. This prompted him to found H. Deane Pierce Associates in the 1970s. This fully integrated approach meant that location, orientation, design, colors and most other facets of home design were planned before any ground was broken. In January of 2003, Marie Hall established the first endowed professorship in the Texas Tech School of Architecture in honor of Deane. The endowed professorship supports education in the design studio setting and also promotes critical thinking in the field. Deane saw this as a wonderful honor and one that would touch the lives of students for generations to come.

Deane preferred new and existing residential work to commercial endeavors, however he did function as architect and interior designer for projects including Texas Tech's Merket Alumni Center, Frazier Pavilion, Methodist Hospital, and the Caprock Winery. Deane had oversight of many projects at First United Methodist Church, including the design of two honorary stained glass windows, which were added in recent years. He was a tireless supporter of the School of Music at Texas Tech, especially the home musicales, which raised a great deal of money for music scholarships.

In 1942, at age 14, Deane was allowed to join the Chancel Choir at First Methodist Church, as there were very few men in the choir because of wartime military service. He was a member of the choir for 70 years. Deane's love of sacred music, led him to house participants in First United Methodist Church's guest artist program for a period of ten years. This program brought talented English organists to Lubbock to assist in the church's music program. In addition, he campaigned to purchase and install bells in Overton Bell Tower.

Deane was a member of Southwest Rotary and a sponsor of Lubbock Boys' Club. He was a faithful member of First United Methodist Church's Building Committee, Music Committee, Board of Stewards (Administrative Board) and Worship Commission.

All those who knew Deane will miss his loving, sweet, witty, and charming presence. Friends and family suggest that memorial donations be made to the First United Methodist pipe organ renovation fund.

Visitation will be Tuesday October 3, 2017 from 5-7 at Resthaven Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be 2:00 PM Wednesday at First United Methodist Church in Lubbock. Burial will be in Lubbock City Cemetery.

Online condolences may be made at www.Resthavenfuneralhome.com

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Published in The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal from Oct. 3 to Oct. 4, 2017
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