HOUSTON -

The Houston Live Stock Show and Rodeo is mourning the passing of one of their own.

Louis Pearce put in more than 60 years of service to the Houston Rodeo.

Pearce was president of the rodeo for 16 years and had a hand in many big changes.

"When we talk about the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, Mr. Pearce was the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. His fingerprints are all over everything out here," said Leroy Shafer, chief operating officer of the Rodeo.

Pearce passed away on Thursday from natural causes. He was 95 years old.