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Pierce Trowbridge Wetter


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Pierce Trowbridge Wetter Obituary
December 1, 1925 - January 12, 2016 Pierce Trowbridge Wetter, Jr, 87 of Simi Valley, CA passed away from complications resulting from his battle with Parkinson's. Pierce was born in New York City to Pierce Cobb Trowbridge Wetter and Gladys Amy Mock. Pierce was named in honor of an ancestor, William Pierce who owned the barbershop where the Boston Tea Party was planned. Graduating with a degree in Industrial Engineering from Case Western Reserve in Cleveland, Ohio, Pierce taught himself electronics and control system theory in the early days of the Aerospace industry. Serving in the Army at White Sands, NM, he loved the friendliness and openness of the people of the West and resolved to come West, in time for the California Aerospace boom. Working at Philco in the San Jose area, he met and married Mary Lou Smith on March 22nd, 1959 in Santa Cruz, CA. Pierce and Mary Lou moved to Southern California for a job at a company called Canoga in Canoga Park. They had their son, Pierce III on December 23, 1966. In 1969 with 7 others, Pierce founded Datron Advanced Technologies. Pierce worked there until he retired from his Chief Scientist role at the age of 84, and was beloved at his workplace; it was common for the employees to refer to him as "Uncle Pierce." A lifelong learner, Pierce evaluated people on their capabilities, not their credentials, race or gender. Pierce demonstrated the power of lifelong learning when he was granted patent #6,078,296 at the age of 75. Datron and its subsidiaries continue to employ hundreds of people throughout the Southern California area. Datron has had several CEOs who began their careers working hands on as technicians, then engineering, then to executive positions, all at Datron. Hands on experience has paid off; Datron has a reputation for building systems that work reliably in the toughest environments on the planet. Pierce is survived by his wife of 56 years, Mary Lou Wetter, 79, his sister Billie Alban, 90, his son, Pierce T. Wetter III and his wife Deanna, and six loving nieces and nephews. Services will be held Tuesday, January 19, 2016 at 10am. Pierce Brothers Mortuary in Westlake Village, 5600 Lindero Canyon Rd. Reception to follow service. The family asks that you do something simple and personal to further education. Give a gift card anonymously to the schoolteachers of your family and friends for classroom materials.
Published in the Los Angeles Times on Jan. 17, 2016
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