Dennis N. Pierson Jr.

October 5, 1966April 28, 2021

Dennis N. Pierson, Jr., 54, of Newton died Wednesday, April 28, 2021, at home.

Born in Newton on October 5, 1966, Dennis was a lifelong Newton resident. He earned a Bachelor’s Degree in English from Centenary University and proudly served in the US Army in Desert Storm. Dennis worked as a teacher for Sussex Middle School and was a substitute teacher in Andover and Newton school districts.

Dennis was the former Commander of the Newton VFW Post 5360. He loved being outdoors and enjoyed hunting, golfing and watching golf. Dennis also found joy in landscape and masonry work, a craft he learned from his father. He was an animal lover and especially loved his cats.

Dennis was predeceased by his father, Dennis N. Pierson, Sr.; and his wife, Diann Pierson. He is survived by his daughters, Danielle Pierson and Stephanie Gibson and husband, Devin; a grandson on the way; his mother, Pat Pierson; sister, Tanya Knaap; brother-in-law, Andrew Knaap; longtime partner, Patty Steph; and his step-daughters, Selena Brooks and Lori Larsen.

A Memorial Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 pm on Thursday, May 6, 2021, at the Smith-McCracken Funeral Home, 63 High St, Newton, with a Time of Sharing at 7 pm.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to a charity of your choice.

Online condolences may be offered at


  • Dennis N. Pierson, Sr., Father (deceased)
  • Diann Pierson, Wife (deceased)
  • Danielle Pierson, Daughter
  • Stephanie Gibson (Devin), Daughter
  • Pat Pierson, Mother
  • Tanya Knaap, Sister
  • Andrew Knaap, Brother-in-law
  • Patty Steph, Longtime Partner
  • Selena Brooks, Stepdaughter
  • Lori Larsen, Stepdaughter
  • And a grandson on the way


  • Memorial Visitation

    Thursday, May 6, 2021

  • Time of Sharing

    Thursday, May 6, 2021


Dennis N. Pierson Jr.

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Jill Wardle

May 6, 2021

A lot of great memories with Dennis in our youth. I am so very sorry to hear of his passing. He was such a good, fun, loyal friend back in the 80s. We had a blast. Our condolences to the family. Rest in Eternal Peace Dennis

richard mortley

May 1, 2021


Vicki Willette

May 1, 2021

I had the honor of meeting you at your son-in-law Devins Bachelor party. I enjoyed our conversations and meeting Stephanie's father because he had to be something special to have a wonderful daughter such as Steph. I know you will be watching over the girls, Devin and your grandson from up there and I promise I will be here for them down here. God speed my friend.