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Robert Pierce

Broomfield, Colorado

February 26, 1940 - July 9, 2024

Robert Pierce Obituary

Robert (Bob) William Pierce, Jr. passed away on July 9th 2024. He spent his final years living in Boulder. He loved watching his granddaughter’s soccer games, piano recitals and swim meets--and going on long drives in the mountains with his friend Rick. Bob loved his family, traveling, Jeeps, soccer, cowboy boots, Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, native American art, and all things geology.
Bob was born on February 26th, 1940 in Des Moines, Iowa. As a child, he developed a love of geology which continued throughout his life. He spent part of his childhood on his uncle’s farm, working in the summers and breaking horses. After high school, Bob attended Monmouth College in Illinois and majored in geology. He continued his education at the University of Illinois, earning a PhD. While at Illinois, he met Madeline Jeanne Traastad, and they married on June 27th 1964.

After teaching geology at the University of Illinois for a few years, Bob and Jeanne moved to Gainesville, Florida, where he continued as a professor of geology at the University of Florida. He became a father, adopting his son Robert in 1972 and daughter Joanna in 1975. Bob loved exploring the outdoors with his family, and going on road trips to the beach. He also found a new hobby—youth soccer. He loved watching his children play and soon became a coach and referee.
In 1982, the Pierce family relocated to Portales, New Mexico where Bob taught geology at Eastern New Mexico University until he retired in 2012. Bob loved New Mexico, and loved the West. He embraced cowboy boots as his choice of footwear—except when on the soccer field where he could be found on Saturdays coaching or refereeing youth soccer. He continued supporting youth soccer in eastern New Mexico until 2018.
Following a series of illnesses in 2018, Bob moved first to Texas, and then to Colorado to live with his children. Although initially reluctant to leave his adopted home state of New Mexico, Bob fell in love with his new home in Colorado and would spend time whenever possible in the mountains. Bob was thankful to be close to his family, and enjoyed the extra time playing with his amazing granddaughter.

As he wished, Bob remained at his home in Boulder until shortly before he passed. He was grateful for the wonderful caregivers who enabled him to live his life on his terms as daily activities became more challenging. In the end, Bob was surrounded by friends and family when he departed this life. He wouldn’t have wanted it any other way.
 

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Robert (Bob) William Pierce, Jr. passed away on July 9th 2024. He spent his final years living in Boulder. He loved watching his granddaughter’s soccer games, piano recitals and swim meets--and going on long drives in the mountains with his friend Rick. Bob loved his family, traveling, Jeeps, soccer, cowboy boots, Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, native American art, and all things geology.
Bob was born on February 26th, 1940 in Des Moines, Iowa. As a child, he developed a love of geology which continued throughout his life. He spent part of his childhood on his uncle’s farm, working in the summers and breaking horses. After high school, Bob attended Monmouth College in Illinois and majored in geology. He continued his education at the University of Illinois, earning a PhD. While at Illinois, he met Madeline Jeanne Traastad, and they married on June 27th 1964.

After teaching geology at the University of Illinois for a few years, Bob and Jeanne moved to Gainesville, Florida, where he continued as a professor of geology at the University of Florida. He became a father, adopting his son Robert in 1972 and daughter Joanna in 1975. Bob loved exploring the outdoors with his family, and going on road trips to the beach. He also found a new hobby—youth soccer. He loved watching his children play and soon became a coach and referee.
In 1982, the Pierce family relocated to Portales, New Mexico where Bob taught geology at Eastern New Mexico University until he retired in 2012. Bob loved New Mexico, and loved the West. He embraced cowboy boots as his choice of footwear—except when on the soccer field where he could be found on Saturdays coaching or refereeing youth soccer. He continued supporting youth soccer in eastern New Mexico until 2018.
Following a series of illnesses in 2018, Bob moved first to Texas, and then to Colorado to live with his children. Although initially reluctant to leave his adopted home state of New Mexico, Bob fell in love with his new home in Colorado and would spend time whenever possible in the mountains. Bob was thankful to be close to his family, and enjoyed the extra time playing with his amazing granddaughter.

As he wished, Bob remained at his home in Boulder until shortly before he passed. He was grateful for the wonderful caregivers who enabled him to live his life on his terms as daily activities became more challenging. In the end, Bob was surrounded by friends and family when he departed this life. He wouldn’t have wanted it any other way.
 

To share a memory or send a condolence gift, please visit the Official Obituary of Robert Pierce hosted by In Memoriam.

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