The Edmond Sun


November 29, 2012

Marvin Wallace Pearson

EDMOND —     We celebrate the life of Marvin Wallace Pearson, 88, of Edmond, Okla. He was born February 4, 1924, in Milwaukee, Wisc., to Alice and John Pearson. Marvin graduated from Washington High School in Milwaukee in 1942. He enlisted in the United States Army and served for 3-1/2 years during World War II, including one year in the European theater. He attended the University of Illinois and Syracuse University, and graduated in 1950 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Forestry from the University of Minnesota. Marvin married Geraldine (Gerry) Gould on September 22, 1951.

    Most of Marvin’s professional life was in the field of forest and sawmill safety. He held a number of positions with Employers Insurance of Wausau (later known as Wausau Insurance Company), beginning as a safety consultant in 1955 in Escanaba, Mich. In 1966, he was promoted to director of loss control research and moved with his family to Wausau, Wis. He was appointed director of workers’ compensation loss control in 1970, and subsequently was named safety and health manager for the firm’s southeastern regional office headquartered in Atlanta, Ga. He and Gerry moved to Atlanta in 1975.

    He became nationally recognized as an authority in logging safety, and was senior author of the Section on Safety of the 1984 Forest Handbook. He was a member of the American Society of Safety Engineers and Society of American Forests; chairman of the Pulp and Paper Section of the National Safety Council; and was elected to Xi Sigma Pi, national forestry honor society. He helped develop pulpwood logging and sawmill safety standards for the United States Standards Institute, and also was instrumental in creating OSHA regulations for forest product safety. He retired after 35 years with Wausau Insurance Company.

    Marvin was a skilled and avid woodworker, hunter, fisherman and marksman. He was active as a Boy Scout leader; Sunday school teacher; deacon,  trustee and elder of Presbyterian churches; member of Rotary Club and the Masons, Scottish Rite and Shrine.

    After retiring in 1993 to Edmond, he belonged to the First Presbyterian Church where he was a Deacon, and took part in Becomers Sunday School Class, Friday morning Men’s Group, Cursillo, Whiz Kids, Habitat for Humanity, and Christians Caring for Children.

    Marvin is preceded in death by his parents and his siblings, Helen, John and Edmund.

    He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Geraldine; daughter Nancy; son Edward; daughter-in-law, Rhonda; grandchildren Tanae, Helena, Brandon, Felix, Keith and Shayla; four great grandchildren; many nephews and nieces; and many close friends.

    A memorial service will be 11 a.m. Friday November 30, 2012, at the First Presbyterian Church of Edmond.

    Gifts in his memory may be made to the Department of Forest Resources, University of Minnesota (send to University of Minnesota Foundation, PO Box 70870C-M3854, St. Paul, Minnesota 55170).

    Services are under the direction of Matthews Funeral home and Cremation Service.

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