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Vohnnie Pearson Jr. '51 July 24, 2019 2:28 PM updated: July 24, 2019 2:31 PM

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Vohnnie L. Pearson, Jr.
JUNE 29, 1930 ~ JULY 21, 2019 (AGE 89)

Vohnnie Lee Pearson, Jr., 89, of Grand Junction, Colorado, passed into Spirit on July 21, 2019. He was born in Roma, Texas on June 29, 1930 to Maedell Johnson Pearson and Vohnnie Lee Pearson, Sr.

At an early age, Vohnnie became an avid reader and held a lifetime fascination for mathematics, bridge design, trees, and above all, environmental protection. He graduated from Texas A&M with a B.S. in Civil Engineering and a Master’s Degree in the same (Phi Beta Kappa). He enjoyed an active career in his profession, beginning at the naval research station in Port Hueneme, California. At twenty-nine, he accepted a position as Director of Beach Erosion Control for the Delaware State Highway Department, then moved on to Bridge Engineer for the state. Eventually he joined the Delaware consulting firm of Richardson & Sons, while also teaching Civil Engineering at the University of Delaware. He married Cornelia (Connie) Broulliette in New Orleans in 1951 and, together, they reared four children; daughters Sharon and Debra, and twin sons James and Guy.

After his children were grown, he and Connie moved to Orlando, Florida where he worked on consulting while also enjoying what most Floridians do – fishing. Vohnnie loved collecting antiques and also writing; he authored a 900 page novel (unpublished).

His next and most treasured part of his career for twenty years was Volusia County Engineer in DeLand, Florida. Always a champion for the environment, Vohnnie became known as “Dr. No” by the local land developers who surely thought they had won the devil’s lottery due to Vohnnie’s strict code enforcement of environmental regulations. He continued in that position until his retirement until 1995.

In 1990 in DeLand, Florida, he married Margaret “Mugsy” Linger of Denver, Colorado, and they later moved to Grand Junction, Colorado. As predicted, he did not remain retired for long, and for the next ten years, he was Town Planner for the Town of Palisade, Colorado.

Vohnnie was preceded in death by his parents, his former spouse Connie, his son, James Pearson, and his daughter, Debra Hardy. He is survived by his spouse Margaret “Mugsy” Pearson (Grand Junction, Colorado), his daughter Sharon Flaten (Lake Helen, Florida), his son Guy Pearson (Texas), his sister Dr. Margaret Pearson (New Braunfels, Texas) his stepdaughters, Leslie (Nick) Stoupas (Glenwood Springs, Colorado),and Diana Linger (Misha) Denver, Colorado, granddaughters Angel, Dana, Rachel, Jennifer and step-granddaughter Maria, nine great grandchildren and four great-great grandchildren. Because of Vohnnie’s sincere commitment to the Cassadaga Spiritualist Camp Association in Lake Helen, Florida, along with Mugsy’s deep love, Vohnnie left this part of the universe while enjoying meditations, music, visits with family and friends, and looking forward to his next adventure.

A private family gathering will take place at a later date. Deep gratitude is extended by his family to Hope West Hospice.

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