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BRIAN PIERCE Brian Pierce passed away January 24, 2018 in Chico, California sur-rounded by his loving family. He was born February 6, 1957 to Steven "Skip" and Fay Pierce in Chico, California. He was raised in Hamilton City where he graduated from high school. On October 24, 2014 he married Jennifer Hunt in South Lake Tahoe. Brian is survived by his wife; his three children, Christy Dawson, Jason Pierce and Josh Pierce; two step children, Wyatt Hunt and Haley Hunt; two grandchildren, Dylan Dawson and Luke Dawson; his mother, Fay Hendry and his sister, Stephanie Pierce; as well as many cousins, other relatives and many friends. Brian started his career with his own business, Pierce Welding Fabrica-tion Co. During that period, he was the Vice President of Performance Helicopters, Inc, where he was able to live out every boy's dream, flying helicopters and racing cars. As Brian's focus changed, he then started Pierce Scientific Inc, which later turned into Advanced Light Technologies, LLC. Brian was the President and Founder of Advanced Light Technologies, a R&D Scientific consulting company. For many years he was the directing R&D consultant for Sunsweet Growers, the world's largest dried fruit processing plant. Many of his ideas and concepts have been developed and commer-cialized, including a meter device for the accurate determination of dried fruit moisture, a "through the package" sterilization method and organic process, and myriad process improve-ments and intelligent systems for sorting foreign matter out of the food stream. Brian's final dream was to cure cancer. In 2009, he co-founded Photo-metics Inc, of Chico, CA. He was the Chief Science Officer. Photometics did research on a cancer treatment using infrared light to perform "Selective Photo-Apoptosis" which triggers programmed cell death in cancer cells. This process has a patent pending. In July 2017 he received a patent for his design of a revolutionary compact laser that would treat basal cell carcinoma, known as the EICOP (Environmentally Isolated Cylindrical Optical platform). He was working on the EICOP up to his passing, getting it near completion. To see Brian's journey from farming to cancer research you can watch his 2012 TedXChico Presentation athttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eXxJlk0f2Nc. Brian can be described by all as passionate, kind and generous. One of Brian's main passions was the Jesus Center. He spent every Sunday morning donating his time for 9 years. He helped mentor many homeless men. He also worked on projects such as the Jesus Center Farm and upgrades inside the Jesus Center, with his sons assisting him many times. When Brian wasn't donating his time, he loved spending time with his family, preferably BBQing or vacations on the coast. Brian loved the ocean, that is where he truly could relax. When his sons were young he coached their basketball teams and a favorite activity with his grand-kids was catching bugs, lizards and snakes or working on a go-kart. Family was very important to Brian. In lieu of flowers, please donate in the memory of Brian Pierce to the Canary Foundation, for the research of early cancer detection at http://www.canaryfoundation.org A Celebration of Life will be held, Saturday, February 10th at 3PM at Bidwell Presbyterian Church, at 131 W 1st Street, with a reception to follow.
Published in Chico Enterprise-Record on Feb. 1, 2018
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