DEATHS: Aug. 7, 2001

August 07, 2001


Memorial services were Thursday in Long and Shukle Chapel in Roseburg, Ore., for Austin P. Pierce, 92, of Roseburg, a former Imperial Valley resident who died July 29 in his home. The Rev. Bill Sanders of the Assembly of God of Sutherlin, Ore., officiated.

Mr. Pierce was born July 4, 1909, in Steele, Mo. Mr. Pierce worked as a foreman for Shaub Din Ranch and others in the Imperial Valley from 1943 until 1978. He was known as a hard worker and enjoyed being a heavy-equipment operator, according to family.

He married his second wife, Gladyce Morgan-Rice, in El Centro on July 5, 1970.

Mr. Pierce was a religious man, reading his Bible every morning, according to family. He and his wife, Gladyce, attended the Nazarene Church of Roseburg.


He enjoyed giving advice or discussing world politics with anyone who would listen, being the handyman around the house and mowing and gardening his three acres, which he did until a few months ago, according to family.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Neeley Pierce, in 1969; daughter, Patricia Fowlkes and Glenda Mountain-Arthurs; and seven siblings.

Survivors include his wife, Gladyce Pierce of Roseburg; son, Lloyd Pierce of Roseburg; son and daughter-in-law, Kenneth Paul and Sandra Pierce of Roseburg; daughter, Janet Welty of Anza; stepson and spouse, Glen and Norma Rice of El Centro; stepdaughter, Terry Grammer of Roseburg; son-in-law, Eugene Fowlkes of Roseburg; 26 grandchildren, 35 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren.


Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday in Frye Chapel & Mortuary in Brawley for Cruz Solorio, 55, of Brawley, who died of complications of diabetes Friday in Pioneers Memorial Hospital in Brawley. Rosary will be said at 7 p.m.

Mass will be celebrated at 9 a.m. Thursday in Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in Brawley.

Burial will be in Riverview Cemetery in Brawley.

Mr. Solorio was born May 3, 1946, in the state of Guanajuato, Mexico. He came to the United States in 1971, settling with his wife, Isabel Solorio, in Brawley in 1979. The Solorios were married for 33 years.

He was preceded in death by his son Jose Cruz Solorio in 1973.

Survivors include his wife, Isabel Solorio of Brawley; sons, Victor Solorio of Imperial, Javier Solorio of Bakersfield and Rudy, Steven and Martin Solorio, all of Brawley; father, Jose Cruz Solorio Sr. of Mexico; brother, Raul Solorio of Brawley; grandchildren, Victor Jr., Samantha and Julius Solorio, all of Imperial, Mary Jane Solorio of Brawley and Maria de la Luz Solorio of Bakersfield; and 13 brothers and sisters in Mexico.

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