Gary Lee Pearson

Born: Sat., Aug. 4, 1945
Died: Sat., Jun. 1, 2013

Private Interment

Location: Sunset Hills Cemetery

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Gary Lee Pearson, age 67, of Fairfield, MT died Saturday, June 1,. 2013 at his home near Fairfield from natural causes. 

Gary was born August 4, 1945 in Great Falls, MT the son of Elmer and Gladys (Johnson) Pearson.  He was raised and educated in Fairfield ,MT and attended MSU Bozeman and then MSU-Northern where he received his Bachelor's Degree in Business.

He was married to Betty Robertson Pearson on September 16, 1967 and they later divorced.  He was married to Karen Kelly on September 29, 1999 in Idaho Falls, ID. He was a farmer and rancher and a Director of the Montana Grain Growers Association.

Gary is survived by his wife, Karen (Kelly) Pearson,  daughter: Debra (Mark) Coverdell,  son: Dean (wife, Jennifer) Pearson all of Fairfield; a step-daughter: Candi (Peter Roe) Jones of Arlington, VA and Deandra  (Brian) Brill of Frederick, MD;  a brother: Alan (Susie) Pearson of Havre, MT and grandchildren: Cassidy Coverdell, Kaylynn Coverdell, Kourtney Coverdell, Cantor Coverdell, Taylor Pearson, all of Fairfield; Amanda Steen of Great Falls, Chad and Cadyn Brill, both of Frederick, MD

He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Connie Pearson.

Family graveside services will be held at the Sunset Hills Cemetery.  Arrangements are under the direction of Gorder Jensen Funeral Home of Choteau.

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Marie Heitman
   Posted Mon June 03, 2013
Dear Karen and family,
I am truly saddened to learn of Gary's passing. Though I never meet him in person I enjoyed speaking with him from time to time. Please know that my
thoughts and prayers go with you.
Marie Heitman

Arnie and Dolores Gettel
   Posted Tue June 04, 2013
Dear Karen, Debra, Dean, and Families,
We are so sad to hear of our dear nephew's passing. I have such great memories of him. A memorial will be sent to the American Heart Association.
You are all in our thoughts and prayers and we love you very much.
Dolores and Arnie

Bob & Wendy Garner
   Posted Tue June 04, 2013
Dearest Pearsons, Coverdell's & Families,

Our hearts were deeply saddened to hear about the loss of Gary.

As a young lad, I looked up to Gary. He was a very honest man, great hunter, outstanding farmer, and even through Dean & I's mischief in our younger years, he remained to be someone I looked up to as a great role model. Myself & others highly respected his farming ability. I'm quite sure if there are some crops that need tending in heaven, that Gary will make sure that the furrows are as straight as ever. I'm sure he gave all of his beloved grandchildren lots of pointers in sports, hunting & farming. Gary touched a lot of lives and will truly be missed.

Please know that you are all in our thoughts & prayers during this difficult time.

With deepest sympathy, love, & prayers,

Bob & Wendy Garner
Fairfield, MT

Joyce Sutter
   Posted Tue June 11, 2013
I am so sorry to hear that Gary has passed away. He will surely be missed. I have fond memories of the Johnson family gatherings, with all of the cousins, aunts & uncles, & of course Grandma & Grandpa. My thoughts are with you, and I hope your memories of Gary will sustain you through this difficult time.

Linda Herzog Holland
   Posted Mon June 17, 2013
June 17, 2013

I just learned about Gary and I wanted to let you and your family know how very sorry I am. Even though there are miles between us I still think of my friends that I grew up with and around on the Sunny Slope Bench and have fond memories. May God bless you. Love, Linda Herzog Holland

brent and sue wagner
   Posted Sun July 07, 2013
dean debra and families i am so sorry to hear about gary. your dad was a very special person to many. he helped me during the tuffest time of my life. i will never forget him tellin me hay wagner ya ever rode horse, an i said not much, he said good this horse hasn't been ridden much you to will get along just fine. he put me on grandma. i think that was deans horse. you all take care and you have got great memories he was special!!!

Sandra Pearson
   Posted Wed July 31, 2013
Dear Karen, Debra, Dean, and Families,

I am so sorry to hear of your loss, and so belatedly, I just found this on the internet. I feel fortunate that I had the opportunity to see Gary last spring when I came to Montana for a visit, Nancy and Fava were kind enough to take me out there.

Jerry Pearson
   Posted Wed July 31, 2013
Dear Karen, Debra, Dean, and Families,

I am so sorry to hear of your loss, and so belatedly, I just found this on the internet after my sister Sandra sent me the link. I still remember the visits to Montana with my Dad, Roy Pearson. I cherish the memories of the visits to Montana with my Dad, Roy Person, to see my aunts, uncles and cousins. I was especially fond of visiting Uncle Elmer’s farm and my cousins there as there was so much to do and they were always so helpful. My thoughts are with you, and I hope your memories of Gary will sustain you through this difficult time.

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