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David Pearson
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David Thomas Harold Danny Pearson, 36, died Sunday, Oct. 5 in his Sacramento home surrounded by his loving caregivers.

He spent his childhood and youth in Riverbank.

Mr. Pearson graduated from Beyer High School in 1990 and UC Berkeley in 1996. His youth was filled with many activities and honors, including Sacramento MDA poster child, Junior Sweepstakes winner of Stanislaus County Science Fair, Cub Scouts, Boy Scout Troop 76 where he attained rank of Eagle with a Bronze Palm and Order of the Arrow. He was a member of the Beyer High Marching and Concert Band for four years.

He and his constant canine companion, Cameo, were featured in Life Magazine and the national TV show "Heroes, Made in America." Several foreign magazines also featured stories about his life with his black lab companion. He was one of Channel 10's "Kids You Can Be Proud Of."

He received Christian Beret's Most Inspirational Award and was the U.S. representative in Paris at the European Neuromuscular Telethon. At Cal Berkeley he was on the rally committee and part of the "Cal in Sacramento" program, interning with both Governor Pete Wilson and John Vasconcellas. He was a member of the alumni Troop 76 Association and E Clampus Vitus, Truckee and Stanislaus Chapters. As his health permitted, he worked with non-profits.

He is survived by his parents, Dr. Danny and Alysa Pearson; sister, Alysa Gemetti; brother-in-law, Lee Gemetti; grandmother, Elaine Pearson; and nephews Jack, Alex, and Benny Gemetti.

A memorial to his life will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 1 at the First United Methodist Church, 850 16th St., Modesto.

Remembrances may be made in his name to the National Boy Scouts of America Foundation for Disabled Scouts, P.O. Box 152079 Irving, TX 75015-2079.

The Riverbank (Calif.) News

Oct. 22, 2008