In loving memory of Timothy Dyeson: 1965-2023 


Timothy Bruce Dyeson (nee Pearson) was born on Nov. 20, 1965, to Tom and Sammye Pearson and was the third of five children. He was born in the San Francisco Bay Area and has lived in the Tri-Cities, Washington, Texas, Louisiana, and for the last 18 years, Chehalis, Washington. 

From California, the Pearson family moved to the Tri-Cities where Tim graduated from Richland High School. He obtained his bachelor’s degree from Houston Baptist University while competing as a Division I gymnast. Tim went on to complete his master’s and doctorate degrees in social work at the University of Texas at Arlington while working full time. He worked at the University of North Texas, taught at Louisiana State University and has provided his “data wizard” talents to Washington State Health Care Authority for the last 18 years. 

Tim loved being outdoors, projects big and small, helping people understand data, and was an all-around puzzle solver. He was continually researching, planning and analyzing for the next adventure, usually with Chad Jones. Tim always had a side gig: gymnastics coach, drummer, kolache baker, farmer, builder, drum teacher, awning inventor, data consultant and volunteer for many Christian ministries locally and abroad. 

Tim and Erica met in Texas in 1990 and have been married and ventured for nearly 32 years. He was an amazing father to Joshua and Joy for 22 years. 

Tim died on Dec. 5, 2023. He is survived by his wife, Erica Dyeson; children, Joy and Joshua Dyeson; parents, Tom and Sammye Pearson; sister, Mendi, and brother-in-law, Steve Everett; brother, Ned, and sister-in-law, Denise Pearson; brother, Moss Pierson; brother, Jason Pearson; mother-in-law, Mary Lou Dye; sister-in-law, Bryna Dye; and many nieces and nephews who have referred to him as “Uncle Doctor Your Majesty Tim.” 

Memorial services will be at Immanuel Lutheran Church at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 6, 2024. The church is located at 1209 Scheuber Road North, Centralia, Washington. 

In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate contributions to The Gather Church, Centralia, (, a nonprofit organization that works to meet the needs of Lewis County’s most vulnerable, or to the college fund for both Joshua, a senior math and computer science major at Western Washington University, and Joy, a first-year dance major at Alonzo King LINES Ballet BFA at Dominican University of California (