Little League® International mourns the passing of Preston Pierce, former Virginia District 10 Administrator. He was 97.
Mr. Pierce, a native of Surry County, Virginia, resided in Fairfax, Virginia, at the time of his passing. Joining the United States Army in 1945, Mr. Pierce served in Alabama and Germany. Following his honorable discharge from military service, he relocated to Washington, D.C., and began his career working in the United States Special Police Force. In 1960, he graduated from Howard University with honors, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics.
At the U.S. Navy David Taylor Model Basin, Mr. Pierce working in research and development of aircraft and space exploration vehicles. He later worked for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, serving as a Supervisory Mathematician, Supervisory Computer Specialist, and an Equal Employment Opportunity Officer in the field of Civil Engineering and Oceanography.
In 1971, the Pierce family relocated to Fairfax, and Mr. Pierce began his affiliation with the Little League program. He volunteered as a coach, manager, and umpire with Chantilly Little League. For 16 years (1990-to-2006), Mr. Pierce served as Virginia District 10 Administrator. He was an avid supporter of the Little League Challenger Division® and was regular volunteer at the National Challenger Division Jamboree help annually in Virginia Beach, Virginia. He and his wife were also regular visitors to Little League Baseball® World Series played each August in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. In recognition of his commitment to the local Little League program, Fairfax County is home to Preston Pierce Field.
Mr. Pierce is survived by his sons, Derick, and Tony; brothers, Harry, and Franklin; and five grandchildren. He was predeceased by his wife, Delores; and brothers, Pleasant and Charlie.