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Don Pierce passes away
May 18, 2005

Don Pierce of Turlock, California passed away on May 15, 2005 at his home after a long illness.

Don, a true California Horseman, was born in California on July 26, 1935. He started his career on the California Fair Circuit, and became a top-catch driver at several of the pari-mutual tracks around the country.

He was recently honored by California Harness Horseman’s Association as a recipient of a “Lifetime Achievement Award” for his outstanding horsemanship, integrity and service to the industry.

His favorite hobby was prospecting for gold in the California Hills.

He is survived by 5 children, including this year's Harness Hall of Fame inductee Ron Pierce, who followed Don into the horse business. On Saturday, May 21st, fellow California horsemen will pay their respect by presenting the Don Pierce Memorial Race with a winners circle moment of silence.