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Russell Keith Pearce

06/23/1947 - 01/05/2023
Service Date: 01/16/2023
Service Time: 11:00 am
Service Location: Church Of Jesus Christ Of Latter-day Saints - 925 N. Harris Dr., Mesa, AZ 85203
Visitation Date: 01/16/2023
Visitation Time: 9-10:30 am
Visitation Location: Church Of Jesus Christ Of Latter-day Saints - 925 N. Harris Dr., Mesa, AZ 85203
Interment: City of Mesa Cemetery

Russell Keith Pearce, age 75, died on January 5, 2023 surrounded by family and friends. He was born to Norma Jones and Hal Pearce in Mesa, Arizona.

Russell had a passion for the development of our Country, State and the government. He served over 24 years with the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office and completed this career as Chief Deputy. Russell continued his service as the first North Mesa J.P. Judge. He was elected as a member of the Arizona State Legislature where he rose to the position of State Senate President. Russell also served as the Director of MVD and ended his working career in the Arizona State Treasures Office.

Russell’s defining moments were within the walls of his own home. He loved his wife, his brothers and sisters, his children, grandchildren and nephews and nieces. Russell was also an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day saints where he held many special positions throughout his life. Russell’s acquaintances are many and he cherished their friendships. His service to his God, Family, Country and State seemed endless and will never be forgotten.

Russell is preceded in death by his Parents, Norma and Hal, sister Donna Koozer, and brother Lloyd Pearce.

Russell is survived by his wife LuAnne Pearce, children, Dodi Jones, Sean Pearce, Colten and Holli Pearce, Justin Pearce and Joshua Pearce. Brothers Richard Pearce, and Lester Pearce, sisters Evelyn Brinkerhoff, and Kathy Pearce. Russell and LuAnne have 13 grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements for Russell will be held on Monday morning, January 16, 2023 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Mesa Central Stake Center 925 N. Harris Dr. Mesa, Arizona 85203. The Viewing will be from 9:00 am to 10:30 am followed by the service at 11:00 am.


Arrangements by Bunker’s University Chapel, www.bunkerfuneral.com. Should this obituary appear anywhere but bunkerfuneral.com, please check our website for accurate details and service information.


  • The good die too young. I believe he had much more good work to do.

  • Having you in our extended family has been a huge blessing in our lives. I love that we have shared so many trips and memories and cabin time card games. Our family is better because of you. Our heart hurts. I know that you will be there watching over Lulu and the kids. I’m thankful for the love and the example that you’ve given us all these years. You will be missed dearly love and miss you already Dave and Dawna Hulet

  • Marsha Cartright Godaire

    Sending prayers and condolences to your family.Russell was a great man he had the greatest smile he will truly be missed.He’s beautiful memories will be your families treasure for life♥️🙏

  • Russell has always been my real life hero. I’ve been so blessed to have him as my brother in law! He always made me feel like I was truly his favorite little Sister❤ Im so Thankful for the Love and compassion he freely shared and the examples he set for all to see. Our family has had to let him go for now, but not forever.LuAnne, may you continue to find strength and peace, please know we are here for you. Love you!

  • Penny Magnusson Hannum

    I went to school and graduated with Russell. I still remembering him walking down the walkway with his tight levis and cowboy boots. Had such a crush on him. He will be remembered by many in our Westwood 1966 class. A great guy! Rest in peace Russell!

  • Denna Robson Ray Schnackenberg

    Russell was very highly regarded by us. I really appreciate all he did to help make our community and state better because of his love for freedom, and honoring the law.

  • I have fond memories of breakfast meetings at First Watch Restaurant with Russell and also at his legislative office.He was a leading warrior during this centuries high water mark of conservative Republican glory days with Sheriff Arpaio, County Attorney Andy Thomas, and AZGOP Chm. Randy Pullen. Russell was exemplary as a man of integrity and courage and I will always be grateful for his support at the MCRC. He was a faithful and outspoken warrior for the principles embodied in our Republican platform and U.S. Constitution. Our state and country are greatly indebted to his leadership and extensive service.

  • Kerry & Ellen Adams

    Russell Pearce was a true hero and patriot. We so admired his courage and personal valor. He strode into the public arena armed with moral principles and convictions rooted deeply in the sanctity of justice. Whether debating in legislative forums, where he battled for constitutional rights and freedoms, or patrolling the streets to preserve peace and order, Russell served with distinction for decades. He was bold and fearless in snake pits of politics and yet so gentle and kind in his personal relations. We counted him a dear friend, and treasured his warmth and perceptive insights, his quick humor and laughter. His smile could brighten a whole room, but when roused his stern steady gaze could silence a mob. He was a powerful leader who rendered great service to his state and country. And more than that, he was a kind and loyal friend. Our deepest condolences go to all his loved ones.

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