On Saturday May 27th, 2017 he tragically drowned at Lacamas Lake while with friends enjoying an early summer day. River head football coach Christian Swain coached Pearson for one season, but puts him in an elite group of exceptional kids he’s coached in his nearly 20 years. He labels Pearson as the complete package because “he really reflected everything we want from a young person.”
“He’s a person we’ll point back to for many, many years as an example of what we all strive to be in our community, and what our student-athletes look like — he reflects the quality that we represent in every way,” Swain said.
On the field, Swain described Pearson as River’s equivalent of ex-Seahawk Marshawn Lynch — Beastmode, shown by the plethora of Skittles bags left at the River Rock over the 48 hours after his death— as an all-league running back and outside linebacker. Last fall, Pearson rushed for nearly 1,000 yards and scored eight touchdowns in the Chieftains’ 5-5 season.
Yet that strength also was demonstrated by how gentle he was off the field. He was a model student, and recently honored at an assembly for perfect attendance. But his passion for football was second to none.
To honor Hunter, his parents will now use the money they saved over his lifetime to attend college, to start a memorial scholarship fund for other football athletes that demonstrate Hunter’s passion for life both on and off the field.
In addition to this Go Fund Me, donations can be made out to: Hunter W. Pearson Memorial Scholarship Fund and mailed to: 10013 N.E. Hazell Dell Ave, #159, Vancouver, WA, 98685.
Organizer: Noa Lidstone, Vancouver WA
Father of teammates Nahiku and Noholoa at CRHS
The Pearson Family had asked me to manage this on their behalf.
All funds will be directly withdrawn by the Pearson family for the Memorial Scholarship in Hunter's honor.
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