Thomas Arthur Pearson


August 24, 1951 - July 13, 2020


Thomas Arthur Pearson, 68, of Mitchell, passed away Monday, July 13, 2020 at his home near Mitchell, SD, after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. He was surrounded by his wife and daughters at the time of his passing. Due to Covid-19, a private immediate-family-only funeral service will be held 11:00 AM Thursday, July 16, 2020 at First United Methodist Church in Mitchell. The service can be viewed via live-stream at: The family is considering a celebration of life at a later date. Arrangements by Bittner Funeral Chapel.

Tom was born on August 24, 1951. He was raised on the family farm in Winfred, SD. In his youth, he helped on the farm, was active in 4-H and FFA. After graduating from Salem HS in 1969, Tom married Valerie Jones (Duerksen), and they raised their two daughters together until 1991.

Tom’s early work life in the 70’s and early 80’s, was spent working the night shift on the clean-up crew at John Morrell’s in Sioux Falls, SD. For several years he worked both day and night, establishing his real estate career while still working at Morrell’s. Later, with a well-established career in both real estate and property development, Tom partnered with friends in two companies; Dakotaland Realtors and G&P Construction. Tom did not earn his success by trying to impress others and did most of his real estate dealings in a t-shirt and jeans!

Tom married the love of his life, Peggy Laird Joslin, in 2011. Tom and Peggy shared a love for family and the outdoors, and spent much time working and relaxing together on their acreage near Mitchell, SD.

Tom had a love of fishing and shared many fishing adventures with friends. He also enjoyed refurbishing old trucks, cars, and motorcycles. He had quite a collection! Tom was also known for his amazing organic gardening skills. 

Tom will be remembered for being a loving husband, father, and friend to many, for his kindness, soft-spoken demeanor, dry sense of humor, and ability to figure out anything. Shortly before his passing he told his girls that “no Dad ever loved his daughters more”. He never missed an opportunity to tell them just how proud he was of them. Suni and Aana feel so lucky and proud to have had such a wonderful Dad.

He is survived by his dear wife, Peggy of Mitchell, SD; daughters, Suni Marie (Dave) Novotny of Maui, HI and Aana Laura (Frazier) Pearson of Albuquerque, NM; step-daughters, Amy (Ryan) Brech of Tea, SD and Angella (Matt) Buenzow of Mitchell, SD; six grandchildren, Chloe Nixon, Morgan Buenzow, Mason Buenzow, Tessa Brech, Ryder Brech, and Mallory Buenzow; sisters, Barbara (Curt) Strom of Colorado Springs, CO and Rebecca (Scott) Pearson of Denver, CO; brother, Robert (Sara) Pearson of Wesley, IA; sister-in-law, Christy Pearson of Sioux Falls, SD; beloved aunts, Bev Jensen of Minneapolis, Dorothy Pearson of Madison, Irene Pearson of Sioux Falls, Carol Pearson of Minot, ND; many cousins who were like siblings to him, six nieces, and four nephews that he adored.

Tom was preceded in death by his parents, Eugene and Marilyn and his brother, Richard. grandparents Arvid and Laura Pearson, and Arthur and Mable Erickson,.

Peggy, Suni, and Aana would like to thank Tom’s many friends and family members who reached out in support, during the past few months. A special thanks also goes to the Avera Hospice team of Mitchell.



None Scheduled


Thursday, July 16, 2020
11:00 AM
Private Family Service



To Be Announced

Posted by Dave Holmoe on July 25, 2020
I knew Tom from the real estate industry in Sioux Falls and always admired his down to earth attitude. It would be hard to find another Realtor that was as hard working and caring as Tom. Jeans and a tee shirt says it all. A great guy that will be missed. My heartfelt condolences to his wonderful family. May he rest in peace.
Posted by Natalie Sanchez on July 17, 2020
Aana, Suni, Chloë, and Peggy,
Sending my love and hugs to you all. What a beautifully written testimony and a beautiful video reflecting his life with you here on Earth. I’m sure he is smiling upon you all and is so appreciative of you and your kindness and care of him. I have no doubt he’ll be watching over you and — I imagine he’ll help ensure your vehicles are safe and in good working order, too. Great love doesn’t end! It just keeps rollin’. <3
Posted by Bobby & Holly Swenson on July 17, 2020
What a wonderful legacy Tom left to his family and friends. Our sympathy to you all.
Posted by Lillian Larsen on July 16, 2020
What a beautiful tribute video! What wonderful memories!
Posted by John Degner on July 16, 2020
Peggy and family - I was pleased to be with you (online) for the service to celebrate Tom's life and be reminded of how we live this life in preparation for real life - eternally with Christ. I assure you, as the pastor said, that Tom continues to live in many of us. Blessings to each of you.
Posted by Ryan Gran on July 16, 2020
Loved hanging out in the garage helping out working on his classic cars. I will miss him greatly.
Posted by Jarris Wentzel on July 16, 2020
Suni, Aana, and Peggy... thinking of you as we say our final good bye. Thank you for all the love, laughter, and kindness you gave to my dear friend and all the awesome memories you created! I loved the video.. Much love and hugs as Tom's smiling down on us today........
Posted by Barb Kluthe on July 16, 2020
Beautiful tribute video. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Posted by Debbie Randall on July 15, 2020
Such a special video tribute! I loved it! I so wish I could be there for you, Peggy, Suni, Aana and all the rest of our sweet family! You will stay in my prayers! So thankful for God's promise of eternal reunion one day. Hugs, ♥️Tom is something special! love you all!
Posted by Brittany Pearson on July 15, 2020
Sending love to you all. He was a very special person and will live on in our hearts and beautiful memories.
Posted by Kristi Konrad on July 15, 2020
My condolences to you and your family Peggy.
Posted by Shorty Hofer on July 15, 2020
Sorry for your loss prayers to you and whole family
Posted by Horst Schyma on July 15, 2020
After this time of grief, I want to celebrate the life of such an extraordinary husband, father, and friend. I have known nothing but happiness from our life-long friendship...I pray for Tom and his family.....
Posted by Loren and Nancy Noess on July 15, 2020
Peggy and entire family....our deepest sympathies to all of you. Sending love, prayers, and hugs during this difficult times. 🙏❤️🙏
Posted by Penny Crowser on July 15, 2020
Peggy, and all of Tom’s family, May you bask in fond, warm memories of Tom.
Posted by Jan Quenzer on July 14, 2020
Peggy ... so many thoughts are with you, Tom’s daughters and your girls. Bless you all. You all have my love and sympathy!!
Posted by LaZanne Wetrosky on July 14, 2020
Peggy, so very very sorry about the passing of your loving and loved husband Tom. May all your memories give you comfort at this time. Love to you,girlfriend
Posted by Dennis & Sue Westgard on July 14, 2020
Peggy, so sorry to hear of Tom's passing. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.
Posted by Melissa Sigmund on July 14, 2020
Peggy, So sorry to hear of Tom’s passing, thoughts and prayers to you and your family.
Posted by Lillian Larsen on July 14, 2020
So many thoughts and prayers are with you and Tom’s family. May God help you all through this difficult time!
Posted by Austin Gran on July 14, 2020
Peggy, I'm sorry for the loss to you and your family.
Posted by Todd and Kay Long on July 14, 2020
You are all in our thoughts and prayers
Posted by Magda Martinez-Baca on July 14, 2020
Aana, Suni and Peggy - praying for y’all at this time. Tom’s obituary is so beautiful. So fortunate to have one another. Love and peace
Posted by Jenna Doorn on July 14, 2020
So sorry for your loss. 🙏to all of you.
Posted by Craig Robbins on July 14, 2020
My condolences to you and your family Peggy.
Posted by Linda & Lee James on July 14, 2020
Peggy and family of Tom. We were so sorry to see Tom had passed away. May God's grace and love comfort you as you walk through this journey of grief. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Posted by Cheri Miller on July 14, 2020
Our deepest sympathy to you and your family. With warmest Aloha - Greg and Cheri Miller
Posted by Jan Pearson on July 14, 2020
Our deepest sympathy to you, Suni and Aana. Tom will be missed by everyone who was fortunate enough to have known him. Wish I could give you a hug in person. - Jan & Royce Pearson
Posted by Dan & Kathy Carlson on July 14, 2020
Peggy - our deepest sympathy to you and your family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Posted by Louis & Susan Joslin on July 14, 2020
Peggy we are so sorry for Tom's passing. We wish we had more opportunities to see you all and it's not a big help having this covid situation minimizing those who can attend his funeral. Our thoughts and prayers are with you always.
Posted by Cheryl Kraft on July 14, 2020
Peggy, so very sorry to hear of the loss of your loving husband, Tom.My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Posted by Sheilah Stoneback on July 14, 2020
My deepest condolences to you and your family, Peggy.
Posted by Richard Ensz on July 13, 2020
Peggy, Suni, Alana and family, thank you for sharing Tom with my family and I. Tom will always be in our hearts as well! Gods peace be with you!
Posted by Kristy and Paul Szabo on July 13, 2020
Peggy - our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
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