Donald Edward Pearson

28/10/1936 - 16/05/2023


Obituary For Donald Edward Pearson

October 28, 1936 – May 16, 2023

Donald Edward Pearson was born October 28, 1936, and passed away on May 16, 2023, at the age of 86.

Don lived in Hythe with his parents and siblings. As a young man (16 years old), he began following his passion of playing hockey with the Hythe Mustangs and hung up his skates in the late 60’s. He then worked at the Pontiac, GM and Cockshutt dealerships for many years alongside his father, Art, and his brother Bob Pearson.

In 1962 Don married the love of his life, June. Afterward he started Don Pearson Construction Ltd in 1967. He served Northern Alberta, the Yukon, NWT and BC. GSI then moved Don’s operation to Alaska, across the ice on the frozen ocean. The Alaska operations remained in business until 2018.

In 1977 Don, June and their family moved to Anchorage, Alaska. They resided there until 1985 at which time they returned to Hythe, Alberta. Shortly thereafter Northern Lights Ranch was established on the Cummings quarter just outside Hythe. This became home for individuals with disabilities, like Don’s son, Jamie. The residents call this home.

In Don’s lifetime, whether in Alaska or Alberta, Hythe was always his focus.

Don is survived by June, his wife of 61 years, his son Jamie, daughter Jennifer and grandson Matthew. He is also survived by sisters – in-law Christena Livingstone, Rachael Kivi and Nora Theilade, as well as many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

He was predeceased by his parents, Art and Ella Pearson, sons Sean (1985), and Darin (2012), brother Bob Pearson and sister Dorothy Peacock, sisters-in-law Marie Pearson, Maureen Brandsater, brothers – in-law Ed Peacock, Ken Brandsater, and Ralph Kivi.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Hythe Athletic Association, Box 182, Hythe AB T0H 2C0.

A Celebration of Life for Don will be held on Saturday, May 20th, at 2pm at Bear Creek Funeral Home 11802 99 Avenue Grande Prairie with Interment to follow at the Hythe cemetery after which refreshments will be served at the cemetery.

The Celebration of Life for Don will be livestreamed. To view it, please see the top of his obituary, and click on the heading Photos & Videos. Once there, please click on the link that says, “Click here to watch the livestream for Don Pearson”.

Care entrusted to Bear Creek Funeral Home 780 830 7742

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20 May

Celebration of Life

02:00 PM

Bear Creek Funeral Home 11802 99 Ave Grande Prairie, AB T8W 0C7 Get Directions »
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  • 10/06/2023

    Condolences to June and family on the passing of Don, the loss of a great pillar to the GP and area community.

  • 08/06/2023

    So sad to hear that Don has passed. Thinking of you June, Chris and family. If you are ever in Kelowna we would love to see you.

  • 28/05/2023

    June, Jamie and Jennifer, I was so sad to hear of the passing of Don. He was truly a remarkable man, after watching the service on-line I learned so much about him which I had no idea about. Dad always admired and respected Don, he was a good friend to my dad. I have many fond memories of all of you including of course, Sean and Darin while we lived in Alaska. I remember the dinner parties, the ski trips and the outdoor adventures our families shared. Jennifer, your friendship while we attended Northern Lights school in Anchorage was very special to me! June you were a wonderful friend to my mom as well. I can't believe all these years have passed and we haven't been in touch... I would like to change that soon. I had to giggle when Don's niece mentioned his favourite song to sing was " hard to be humble". I'm always reminded of Don when I hear that song, I can hear him singing it during our dinner gatherings at your beautiful home in Anchorage. Blessings to you all during this difficult time. Gina Hayes Allen

  • 24/05/2023

    Our deepest condolences June, it was a pleasure to meet you and Don and listen to all the stories. Our wish for you is peace of mind and heart. Lyle and Ginger

  • 18/05/2023

    My sincere sympathy to June and family. Don will be greatly missed. Rita Lee

  • 18/05/2023

    Thinking of you June and family. You and Don were good friends to mom, she really liked Don. Don showed he cared about Hythe in so many ways, his death will be felt. ♥️ Kim Lacey

  • 18/05/2023

    Our deepest condolences June and family. Don did so much for the community. Merlin&Rosalie Jenner

  • 18/05/2023

    Sincere condolences to Don's family. Harley & Cathie Jones

  • 18/05/2023

    Our sincere condolences to you and your family, June. Kelly and Connie Mitchell

  • 18/05/2023

    Deepest Sympathies June & family. Donnie was such a kind person & I think often of all he has done for our hometown. Many fond memories. Wish I could be home with you all. Thinking of you all. ♥️

  • 18/05/2023

    Sympathy to June and family, he was a true son of Hythe, his town meant the world to him and he did his best to honor it Dorothea Omlid

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