Pierce Leavitt, father of USF coach, dies at age 93
Pierce Leavitt, the father of former USF coach Jim Leavitt and a St. Petersburg resident since 1966, died Tuesday morning at age 93 due to congestive heart failure.
Mr. Leavitt, born in 1922 in Sioux Falls, S.D., moved to St. Petersburg with his family after retiring from the Air Force, where he reached the rank of major, flying as a pilot in the South Pacific during World War II. He and his wife Lois were married 67 years, and he is survived by his four children -- Randy, Diana, Rusty and Jim -- as well as 14 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
Jim Leavitt, now the defensive coordinator at Colorado, was USF's first football coach, from the program's start in 1997 until 2009, and his parents had tickets for every home game and many on the road, joined by their children and grandchildren.
Services will be held Thursday at 10 a.m. at Our Savior Lutheran Church in St. Petersburg. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Our Savior Lutheran Church and School, as well as Suncoast Hospice.