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Pearson, Gary S. age 60, of Wadena, MN passed away unexpectedly on 10/17/13. Preceded in death by his father, Gerald; brother-in-law, Mark Peters; mother and father-in-law, Vergie and Martin Peters. Survived by loving wife of 35 years, Renee; daughter, Jordana; son, Matthew; grandson, Cole; mother, Marlene Pearson; brothers, Jerry and Bill (Beverly); his North Memorial Family; other family and many friends. Gary was a graduate of Cooper High School in Robbinsdale who then served in the U.S. Marines. He began his career as an EMT in Brainerd and also was a part-time Police Officer in Wadena from 1978-1983. A 26-year employee of North Memorial Medical Center, Gary was serving as the Director of Out-state Ambulance Operations. He currently is an Adjunct Professor in the Management Program at the College of St. Scholasitca and is also serving on the MN State Trauma Advisory Council, State Stroke Committee and a Board member with the MN Ambulance Assoc. In 2010, Gary was appointed by then Governor Tim Pawlenty to the Emergency Medical Services Regulatory Board. He also spent 20 years as affiliate faculty for the American Heart Assoc., ACLS Program, was Region IV past president of the MN EMT Assoc., was the first president of the MN Assoc. of EMS educators, and previously was the coordinator for the EMS program at Wadena Technical College. Gary was a sportsman who loved the outdoors including hunting, fishing, archery and bowling. He most enjoyed spending time with his family and friends, especially his grandson Cole. Memorial service Thursday 10/24 at 11:00 AM at Calvary Lutheran Church, 7520 Golden Valley Rd., Golden Valley. Visitation one hour prior to the service at the church and also Wednesday 10/23 from 4-8 PM at: www.Washburn-McReavy.com Glen Haven Chapel 763-533-8643 5125 W. Broadway, CrystalThis obituary was originally published in the Star Tribune.