Earl Carroll Pierce passed away peacefully on December 29, 2022, in his home surrounded by family. He was 90.

Earl was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather and friend. He was also a 20-year veteran of the United States Air Force, athlete, coach, sports fan, traveler, volunteer, outdoorsman and dog lover. Earl was born November 2, 1932, in Farmville, NC, to Raymond Pierce and Bernice (Tucker) Pierce.

His mother passed away when Earl was seven. His father could not take care of the children by himself so he

decided to send Earl and four of his siblings to the Methodist Home for Children in Raleigh, NC. Earl said

that was the best thing his dad ever did for him and his brother and sisters.

Earl loved the Children's Home. He enjoyed going to school, farm work, chores, and the lifelong friends he made. He excelled at every sport in which he participated, whether it was football, basketball, baseball, track or tennis. His basketball coach was a young recent college grad named Norm Sloan, who later coached North Carolina State and David Thompson to the 1974 NCAA basketball championship. It was Stormin' Norman Sloan who gave Earl the nickname "Hook" because of his deadly hook shot. Earl was offered a partial basketball scholarship to Louisburg Junior College in North Carolina. After a year at college, Earl decided to enlist in the newly formed Air Force. While in the Air Force, Earl attained a Bachelor's Degree from the University of Maryland. Earl was deployed to Bremerhaven, Germany, where he met the love of his life, a pretty young German mädchen named Marianne (Riel). The young couple married on July 6, 1956. Earl and Marianne were sent stateside to Youngstown, Ohio. Then Earl received orders to go to Tachikawa Air Force Base in Japan. It was there that the young couple became a young family. Son David came along followed by daughter Brenda. The family's next transfer would eventually be their lifelong home. Earl received orders to teach Special Instruments at Lowry Air Force Base in Denver, CO. They purchased their forever home in Aurora, CO, in 1962. In 1967, Earl and family transferred to Alice Springs, Australia, where the small detachment "listened" to the Soviet Union testing atomic bombs. His job was top secret, so he told his children that alligators guarded the entrance to his building. The family transferred back to Lowry AFB in 1969, where they continued to live in their home in Morris Heights. Earl retired from the Air Force in 1972 as a Tech Sargent after "20 years and two days." Post military retirement, Earl enjoyed a successful career with the Denver Urban Renewal Authority, which helped the resurgence of downtown Denver in the late 70s and early 80s. He also held various management positions in the loan industry before officially retiring. Post retirement, he worked at a driving range and continued to coach youth sports. Earl loved playing golf and long walks with his dog Gina. He and Marianne enjoyed going to Blackhawk and traveling, especially ship cruises to far off lands. They were also active in Democratic Party politics, as well as volunteers for the Morris Heights Improvement Association. Earl was also active in the Air Force Technical Applications Center (AFTAC) Alumni Association. Earl coached youth sports throughout his adult life. Even up to a few years ago, Earl coached youth basketball. He was a diehard Broncos, Rockies and Nuggets fan. He and Marianne have held Bronco season tickets since 1970. They were among the original infamous South Standers. He went to Super Bowls with Marianne and also dear friends across the street, the Houstons. He loved spending family time. Vacations, camping, river rafting, attending ball games, recitals or even just hanging out playing board games. Even after a hard day at work, Earl was always ready to throw a ball or wrestle his children on the living room floor. As his children grew into adulthood and began families of their own, Earl helped them with guidance, advice and friendship. He always told David and Brenda that he wanted to be a better dad than his dad. He succeeded a million times over. In addition to his wife Marianne, son David (Donna) and daughter Brenda (Michael),

Earl is survived by grandchildren Christopher, Michelle (Andrew), Lauren, and Matthew (Ginger) and great grandchildren Graham and Maren. He is also survived by sisters Eleanor (George), Shirley and Mae. He was preceded in death by his father and mother, brother William, and sisters Mary, Barbara, Audrey, and Margaret. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Denver Dumb Friends League (where Earl found his beloved Gina) and/or the Methodist Home for Children in Raleigh, NC, in his name. Services.

MEMORIAL SERVICE Thursday January 26, 2023 10:00 AM Horan & McConaty - Aurora 11150 East Dartmouth Avenue Aurora, CO 80014

Military Honors Thursday January 26, 2023 2:15 PM Fort Logan National Cemetery- Staging Area C 3698 S Sheridan Blvd Denver, CO 80235 ______________________________________________________________________________________________

Dear AFTAC & LRD Alumni, Active Duty, Civilians, Family and Friends

Our next gathering will be 4 March, We have reservations at the Aurora Hills Tin Cup, 50 S. Peoria St. Aurora Colorado, 80012 at 0900. $22 per person ($12 for 12 and under). We look forward to seeing you there!

V/R, Bryce Dunn President Maureen Hampson Treasurer Colorado AFTAC Alumni Association

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I went to Office Depot because they are offering to laminate your COVID card free of charge. I'm told to make sure that they copy front and back and laminate that instead of your original card. The original card should be kept in a safe place for future vaccination entries should they be needed.

This from Medicare. The link below provided detailed information. After you get your COVID-19 vaccine, keep your vaccination card safe - scammers are using the COVID-19 pandemic to try to steal your personal information. Don't share a photo of your COVID-19 vaccination card online or on social media. Scammers can use content you post, like your date of birth, health care details, or other personal information to steal your identity.

Protect Yourself You should get a COVID-19 vaccination card at your first vaccine appointment. If you didn't, contact the provider site where you got vaccinated or your state health department to find out how to get a card. If someone contacts you to buy or sell a vaccination card, it's a scam. If you suspect COVID-19 health care fraud, report it online or call 800-HHS-TIPS (800-447-8477). TTY users can call 1-800-377-4950.

Thanks to Frank Calenda via AFTAC - LRD


AFTAC Memorial The Air Force Technical Applications Center (AFTAC) Memorial is a project managed by the AFTAC Memorial Corporation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. The mission of the organization is to design, construct and maintain a memorial on the AFTAC HQ campus located at Patrick AFB, FL. This memorial will be dedicated to all those who lost their lives in service of the AFTAC mission since its inception in 1947, and will provide a solemn location to honor and remember these patriots. https://brickmarkersusa.com/donors/aftacmc.html We received positive feedback from our Colorado Alumni members to purchase a Brick to support the AFTAC Memorial. With the assistance of a local business, on 5/16/20 we purchased an 8" X 8" Brick with the following: To remember those Who gave their life For our Freedom LRD & AFTAC LEST WE FORGET Colorado Alumni