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Donald R. PIERCE Obituary


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“Remembering you from our high school graduation ceremony. Knowing and believing that you are at peace. My deepest sympathy goes out to your family....Read More »
1 of 24 | Posted by: Scarlet Gordon - Wynnewood, OK

“Katie, Grandma and I continue to extend our deepest condolences to you and Nick in the death of your father, Donald. We have many fond memories and...Read More »
2 of 24 | Posted by: Mary Jo Kelly - St. Paul, MN

“So sorry for your loss. Remember Donnie so well from growing up as a great family friend. Thoughts and prayers are with all your family. ”
3 of 24 | Posted by: Patsy Sisk Webb - Addington, OK

“Katie: I'm so sorry for your loss. Your Dad and I were classmates for 12 years in Wynnewood. After graduation I only saw him at class reunions. He...Read More »
4 of 24 | Posted by: Susan Nostrand - Norman, OK

“Katie, I was a co-worker of your Dad's at Avaya. Thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at the very sad time. Your Dad will be missed. ”
5 of 24 | Posted by: Mickey Kowalick - Brick, NJ

“RIP dear friend. May peace and solace be on your family and friends. You are in the arms of God now. ”
6 of 24 | Posted by: Jim Langston - Coldspring, TX

“Katie: I was so sad to hear about your dad. I too had the pleasure of working with Don in Lucent and Avaya. He put 110% into everything he did...Read More »
7 of 24 | Posted by: Eileen Braun - NJ

“Loretta, Katie & family, So sorry for your loss. Praying for you all. God Bless & comfort you. ”
8 of 24 | Posted by: Judy Mackey - NJ

“Don will be missed as a PKA brother and for his quiet and serious minded approach at East Central- Oklahoma and in his life. God speed. ”
9 of 24 | Posted by: Bob Caldwell - Huntsville, TX

“So sorry for the loss to the Pierce family. Love you, Loretta. May God bless you all and bring you peace. ”
10 of 24 | Posted by: Alana Stinson - Poteau, OK

“Don was my brother in PKA and good friend. He was special to be around and will be missed. ”
11 of 24 | Posted by: Charles Rumsey - Long Beach, MS

“Katie, I am very sorry for your loss. Dads are very special people to their daughters and my prayers are with you as you go forward. My...Read More »
12 of 24 | Posted by: Kathy Huls - NJ

“Katie, As a brother-in-law and friend, he was great. He was always wanting to help me when he came at Christmas time and anything that I need done,...Read More »
13 of 24 | Posted by: John T. Pierce / Jean Pierce - TX

“Katie sorry for your loss. You have our prayers. Jim&Joy ”
14 of 24 | Posted by: James D'Elia - Hamilton Square, NJ

“Katie, "I am sorry to hear of the recent loss of your dad. I want to send my warm thoughts your way. I have fond memories when I think of your dad....Read More »
15 of 24 | Posted by: Betty Carlton Keskeys - CA

“Katie, I worked with Don and will miss him greatly. He spoke to me of you several times, and when he did, he always glowed. I am sorry for your...Read More »
16 of 24 | Posted by: Angel Pacheco - Nottingham, PA

“Katie, I was saddened to hear this news about your dad. No bond is as great as that between a parent and child. My deepest condolences are with you...Read More »
17 of 24 | Posted by: Mary Marrone-Polo - Hamilton, NJ

“Katie and Nick, We are so sorry for your loss. Loosing a parent is never easy, but you know that he will always be with you in laughter and happy...Read More »
18 of 24 | Posted by: Mary-Elaine Perry - Havertown, PA

“Don was a kind person and a great co-worker. He will be greatly missed. ”
19 of 24 | Posted by: Chris Skubik - APG, MD

“Don was a wonderful human being. He always had a smile on his face and a positive thought to share. He was a pleasure to work with. I often enjoyed...Read More »
20 of 24 | Posted by: Patricia

“I first met Don back in 2009 when we first started our Operations Research Analyst positions together. Upon initial interaction with Don, I can tell...Read More »
21 of 24 | Posted by: Lance Gudmestad - Bel Air, MD

“I had the pleasure of working with Don at AT&T, Lucent, & Cisco. He embodied the best traits of a Bell Labs engineer - thorough, thoughtful, hard...Read More »
22 of 24 | Posted by: Clark Petrie - Colts Neck, NJ

“Don, it was a pleasure knowing you. I enjoyed many of the technical discussions that we had when you worked in the Reliability group of Bell Labs and...Read More »
23 of 24 | Posted by: Luis M. Polo-Amo

“My heart is sad with Don's passing. We worked together with the Lucent/Avaya family. He made me laugh and made me think. Such a smart man. I will...Read More »
24 of 24 | Posted by: MiMi Brown - Tinton Falls, NJ


Donald R. Pierce, 69, passed away December 11, 2013 at the St. Peters University Hospital in New Brunswick. Born and raised in Wynnewood, Oklahoma, he has resided in Piscataway for over 40 years. Mr. Pierce was an Operations Research Analyst for Aberdeen Proving Ground in Aberdeen, MD and a former Piscataway Councilman. Donnie, as he was known to his Oklahoman friends and relatives, attended Wynnewood schools, graduating as valedictorian of his 1963 class. He continued his education at East Central University where he was a member of Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity, gaining a BS in math and physics. He was the first computer lab assistant there when computers were the size of an entire room. Upon graduation, he started working at Bell Labs in Holmdel, NJ. While there he achieved his MS in Applied Mathematics at the Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, NJ. He also worked for AT&T, American Bell, Lucent Technologies, Avaya and Cisco Systems. As part of his job, he traveled to several countries, setting up phone systems, doing telephone research, or even substituting as a telephone operator. Growing up in Wynnewood, he was very active in the Boy Scouts, achieving some of the top honors, including the Eagle Scout award at the young age of 13. He attended several Boy Scout jamborees. He thoroughly enjoyed traveling, either for business or pleasure. One of his favorite relaxing places was the Florida beaches and most recently he enjoyed a wonderful trip to Aruba with his daughter Katie and her husband Nick. He was predeceased by his parents, Clarence and Nelle Pierce. Surviving are his daughter Kathryn DeVito and her husband Nicholas of Hamilton Square; his brother John Pierce and his wife Jean of TX; his sister Loretta Stinson and her husband Harvey of OK; several nieces and nephews and a host of relatives and friends. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Donald's name to a charity of your choice.

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