Adelbert A. “Del” Pierce
June 13, 1946 – November 2, 2014
Del Pierce passed away on November 2, 2014, at Renown Regional Medical Center in Reno, Nevada with his loving wife of thirty years by his side. In addition to his wife, Melinda, he is survived by his sons Shane (Michiko) of Reno, Christian of Sacramento, CA, and Robert (Tanya) of Donora, PA, and four grandchildren Daniel, Jennifer, Nicholas and Joshua. Del was preceded in death by his mother and father, Floyd and Irene Pierce, his step-sisters Dreme Rhae Hunter and Betty Evonne Davison. Del was born in Alameda, California on June 13, 1946 and was adopted as an infant by his parents Irene and Floyd Pierce. He was raised in Castro Valley where he was active in the Boy Scouts of America. He attained the rank of Eagle Scout at the age of 14 which was quite remarkable. He graduated from Castro Valley High School and Fresno State University where he majored in Criminology. Del started his career with the State of California in September of 1967, as an investigator with the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control. This was briefly interrupted when he was drafted into the United States Army in January of 1968 as a Criminal Investigator. Upon being honorably discharged, he returned to the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control. Few in California State Government can boast a record as extensive and colorful as Del’s. He transferred to the California Department of Justice where he graduated from the FBI Academy, and worked his way up from Special Agent in the Bureau of Narcotic Enforcement to the Chief of the Investigations and Enforcement Branch of the Division of Law Enforcement. During his career Del worked for two California Governors (George Deukmejian and Pete Wilson) as a Governor’s Appointee in various capacities, which included Director of the Department of Motor Vehicles, Undersecretary for State and Consumer Services Agency, Undersecretary of the Business, Transportation and Housing Agency and Director of the California Lottery. Del was very proud of his accomplishments in making life a little better for the citizens of the state of California. Del retired from the State of California in 2000 with approximately 33 years of service, and went to work for the accounting firm of KPMG/BearingPoint while he waited for his wife to reach retirement age. In December of 2004, he and his wife both retired and moved to Incline Village, Nevada. Del enjoyed a good scotch or a good wine, a good laugh, playing golf, traveling, cooking, reading and spending time with his family. Del touched many lives throughout his life and made many longtime friends. His quick wit and sense of humor were legendary at times. He will be missed by all who knew him. At Del’s request no services will be held. In lieu of flowers, his family has asked that you make a donation on his behalf to your favorite charity. His favorite charity was the Salvation Army. He always remembered them because they gave him a toothbrush when he needed one many years ago.
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