Dodgers' chef Pearson dies after long illness

Longtime pressbox employee was with team for more than 50 years

Dodgers' chef Pearson dies after long illness

PHOENIX -- Dave Pearson, the longtime chef of the Dodger Stadium press dining room, died Saturday after a long illness. He was 75.

A native of Brooklyn, Pearson worked at Dodger Stadium for more than 50 years.

"Dave always took tremendous pride in his work and it was reflected in the countless creative meals he prepared for all the staff and guests through the years at Dodger Stadium," said Dodgers president and CEO Stan Kasten. "'Dave's Diner' will never be the same."

"Besides being a wonderful cook, Dave had a great personality," Hall of Fame broadcaster Vin Scully said. "Regardless of the demands that came with serving so many people at a venue like Dodger Stadium, he always maintained his composure. To look at Dave, everything was always fine. He was always smiling. He was a great gift to us, both his cooking and the type of person he was. He will be deeply missed."

Pearson is survived by his wife of 10 years, Sherry, his daughters and three grandchildren.

Funeral arrangements are pending.

Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.