Pearson, Henry Nigel, died in a car accident on Wednesday, April 8, 2009 in Fullerton. Born in Hackensack, NJ, Henry was 25 when he died. Henry grew up in Manhattan Beach, CA from the age of 3. He was a 2002 graduate of Mira Costa High. Henry graduated from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University with a bachelor's degree. At the time of his death, he was attending law school and developing his own baseball sports management company. His lifelong passion was baseball, which he began at the age of 3. He played on the Mira Costa High Varsity baseball team for three years and was captain in his final year. As a teenager, he interned for Fox Sports West, College Sports Television, and the Montreal Expos. At ASU, he executive produced, for three years, "Devils on the Deuce," a sports round-up program for Sun Devil Television and interned at Gaylord Sports Management. Henry befriended many high school and college baseball players in Southern California and Arizona which led to his representation of Robbie Estrada of El Segundo, whom he signed to the Tampa Bay Rays. He was also close to a number of Major League Baseball players. Henry touched many lives with his extreme optimism, entertaining personality, and caring nature. There was never a moment in life when he didn't give 110%. He lived life to the fullest and was always there to support his friends and family. He is survived by his Mother, Areta Pearson of Manhattan Beach, CA; Father, Nigel Pearson of Manhattan Beach, CA; Sister, Jessica Pearson of Manhattan Beach, CA. A viewing will be held at White & Day Manhattan Beach on Tuesday, April 14, 2009 from 4:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M. A memorial service/celebration of his life will be held at Mira Costa High School baseball field in Manhattan Beach on Thursday, April 16, 2009 at 4:00 P.M.

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  1. No doubt, the Baseball Gods almighty vision high above the playing fields we practice here on earth, saw the need to draft such a talented human being as Henry at such an early age, knowing that Henry was way too talented to be playing here on a lower level, and could not wait a lifetime eternity, and called Henry up to the Bigs at such a young age, where one day in the future, we will all join the Team that Henry is scouting and will be drafting in the future, for sure!

  2. Dear Jessica and Family. Casey and I are thinking of you and keeping you all in our prayers all the way from New Mexico. Always your friend and teacher. Casey and Amy Mauge

  3. Dear Jessica and Family. Casey and I are thinking of you and keeping you all in our prayers all the way from New Mexico. Always your friend and teacher. Casey and Amy Mauge

  4. Dear Areta, Nigel and Jessica, I am so sorry to learn of the loss of your wonderful son and brother, and I am sending you love and compassion at this most difficult time.

  5. I was very touched to hear of the loss of your son Henry. My son Andrew played baseball with him in Mira Costa Pony League many years ago and was also a Costa grad of 02. It is a tragic loss and I am deeply saddened for your family. My condolences to you all.

  6. Dear Areta, Nigel and Jessica, I’m so sorry to hear of your loss; please accept my sincere and deepest sympathy. My thoughts are with you and the whole family.

  7. To the Pearson family, We were stunned and deeply saddened by the loss of Henry. It was always a pleasure to see him when we visited our son Steve at ASU. Henry, without exception, was upbeat, engaging, courteous and funny. This afternoon we watched a tape of several Devils on the Deuce shows. It was quite apparent the guys had a great time working on the numerous editions. Tears and smiles were on our faces. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  8. I’m happy to say that Joe and I were able to enjoy two baseball games with Henry just a few weeks ago. My times with Henry were always few and far between, but I always enjoyed joking around with him. The first time I met him he told me he was going to be Joe’s agent, and I told him he couldn’t be Joe’s agent until he could rattle off all of his stats like I can 🙂 Henry was a great, impressive person and was just a pleasure to be around. We will always keep him in our hearts. -Sarah

  9. Areta and Family, Our hearts are with you now as you mourn the loss of your beloved Henry. Jill Cherneff and Rocky Laverty

  10. Nigel, Areta and Jessica- We are so sorry for your loss. Our prayers are with you. Michael and Michelle Thurman

  11. Nigel: Our family was so very shocked and saddened to hear of your tragic loss. Please know that our thoughts are with you and your family always. Candis Hoffman

  12. Please accept my deepest sympathy for your profound loss. There are no words to express your sorrow. May you find peace in your memories of your beloved Henry.

  13. Dear Pearson Family, My thoughts and prayers are will you all in this most difficult time. I know what its like to recently lose a loved one and I know that ther are no words that can be said to heal the pain. but I do know that he is in a good place, looking over us all. He would want us to keep our heads up, stay focused and to be happy. For I knew henry since back when we used to play pony baseball and graduated with him in ’02 as well. I am very glad to have known him. For his memory will be eternal and he will always have a place in my heart. Please let me know if i can help the family in any way. May God give you all strength and peace!

  14. Dear Pearson Family and friends, Henry brought so much to everyone’s lives. Ill never forget how every morning Henry would wake up singing Jay-Z and just be happy to be “henry.” I remember I tried to get him to listen to country and there was one song he would always play in the morning, Travis Tritt “Its a great day to be alive.” He would play this song almost ten times a day and always in the morning before school. He would sing out the top of his lungs while wearing almost no clothes (typical Henry). Regardless, everyday in Henry’s life was “a great day to be alive” because he always realized how much his family cared about him and how dear his friends were, I don’t think a person could have asked for more in this life. All of you will be in my prayers and thoughts. Much love, Ryan Bay

  15. Dear Nigel and Pearson Family, My sincerest condolences on your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this most difficult time. Sincerely, Jeff Freedman

  16. Dear Pearson family – I am so deeply sorry for your loss, words cannot adequately express. My thoughts are with you. Linda Benjamin

  17. I was a student with Henry here at Western State. Your son and brother will never be forgotten. Henry was truly a champion of the underdog. He was a loyal friend and a pleasure to be around. Henry had a charismatic personality and always seemed to give nick names to people he liked. My nick name was “Wonka” for my “wonka bars”/snacks that I always kept on me and shared to keep us awake in the first week of classes. We got to know each other our first week of school and have been friends since. Henry would always share exercise techniques, and even wrote my workout routine that i carry with me at the gym to this day on a yellow-lined piece of paper he wrote for me. Henry will be deeply missed. I am so sorry for the loss of your son and brother, and though words and thoughts of him do not bring him back, they will forever help me to remember the great person and friend that he was!

  18. Dear Pearson Family, I wanted to express my profound condolescences at this terribly difficult time. My son, Brian, lived with Henry in Tempe and my husband and I had the pleasure of spending time with Henry on our visits to ASU, most recently last fall for a football game. Brian always told us how Henry looked out for him like a big brother. He loved Henry’s passion for sports, particularly baseball, and they shared so many wonderful times together. Brian spoke to Henry several times the night of the accident and said he sounded so happy and proud of how Nick was pitching at the Angels game. They predicted he would one day win the Cy Young award someday(!) and were texting back and forth during the game. I spent this past weekend in AZ trying to console a group of Henry’s friends that thought the absolute world of him. He will be greatly missed by everyone’s lives that he touched. They cried and laughed as they remembered all the good times. Please try and stay strong – your son was very special to all who knew him and words cannot express how sorry I am for your loss. Darcy Oxman

  19. Dear Nigel, Areta and Jessica, I am so very sorry for your loss. My thoughts are with you during these difficult days. Karen Magid

  20. Dear Pearson Family: My thoughts and prayers are with you and I hope that with the support of family and friends your beautiful and happy memories of Henry will sometime soon replace your profound grief.

  21. Pearson Family, My thoughts and prayers go out to you all. Henry was a shining star, and I’m sure he touched everyone he met in a positive way. I remember years ago when he came for his appointments,how he would just brighten the office. I’m so sorry for your loss. Lyn at Dr. Hom’s

  22. Areta, Nigel & Jessica: We regret being unable to express to you in any meaningful way how deeply saddened we have been since learning of the senseless tragedy that has befallen your family. We know you will cherish eternally the gift that was your Henry. As seemingly impossible as it may now be to imagine, perhaps it will be that gift which serves as your starting point in your struggle to move forward. Our heartfelt condolences.

  23. Dear Peterson Family, We want to express our deepest sympathy for your loss of Henry. You are in our thoughts and prayers as you enter this next chapter in your life. Adam sends his love to Jessica and wishes he could be here to support her. Your family was very special to him. Tom, MaryRose, Adam and Meggie

  24. Henry it was an honor to call you a friend through our days of highschool and at our days at ASU. Rest in peace brother.

  25. We only met Henry a few times, as he was the roommate of our son, Jacob, at Arizona State University. We DID enjoy Henry’s company, and we cannot begin to imagine your loss. We’d like to make a donation in Henry’s memory, if you could inform us of the preferred cause. Again, our deepest condolences.

  26. Such a terrible loss for this family and all the friends…never knew him, yet mourned for him and the other’s and still praying for Jon. May you all CLING to Jesus – He can get us all through ANYTHING..know in your minds that Henry is in a much better place now and living in your hearts forever. God’s best blessings to you all.

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