MASSENA -- David R. Pierce, 72, of North Raquette River Road, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, December 13, 2017, at his home.
There will be no public calling hours or funeral services.
David was born on December 24, 1944, in Nyack, New York, the son of Merrill W. and Lourene (Stiteler) Pierce.
He graduated as Valedictorian of the class of 1963 from Madrid-Waddington Central School and attended Clarkson University where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering in 1967.
While at Clarkson, he earned a Commission as 2nd Lieutenant through the ROTC program and served in the US Army Corp. of Engineers in Saudi Arabia for two years following graduation. He was honorably discharged as 1st Lieutenant June 17, 1969. He was a recipient of the National Defense Service Medal.
David was currently employed with Alliance Energy Group as a Technician. In his early professional career David designed power plants, with a specialty in steam production. He was previously employed at Babcock & Wilcox in Ohio, and Stearns-Roger in Denver.
He also operated a dairy farm in Lisbon, NY for 10 years following his engineering career.
He enjoyed helping his companion with her horse farm, playing tennis in his youth, “Texas Holdem,” watching movies and was an avid reader and car enthusiast.
David is survived by his companion, Anne Vinyard of Hermon; her son, Cory; a sister in-law, June Pierce of Poughkeepsie; five brothers, Steve and wife Cindy Pierce of Adams Center, Peter and wife, Sue Pierce of Manchester, VT, Paul and wife, Susan Pierce of Ogdensburg, Alan and wife, Kathryn Pierce of Syracuse, and Patrick and wife, Cheryl Pierce of Queensbury; and many nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his parents and two of his brothers, Bernard and William Pierce.
Memorial contributions may be made in David’s name to Raquette Valley Habitat for Humanity, PO Box 295 Canton, NY 13617.
Arrangements are under the care of Phillips Memorial Home, Massena, NY.
Online condolences and memories may be shared with the family at www.PhillipsMemorial.com.