"Lloyd took one of the most dramatic photographs in Baltimore Sun history the night he caught Baltimore Colts owner Bob Irsay sneaking the Colts football equipment out of town on a cold March night in 1984 under the cover of darkness and snow," said Ernest F. Imhoff, a retired Evening Sun and Baltimore Sun editor.
"The huge moving van was pictured by Lloyd amid hundreds of flakes of heavy snow in the darkness. In the background, a solitary soul stands with his hands in his pockets forlornly staring at the Baltimore Colts about to vanish into history. Near the man is a simple sign stamping the poignant scene: 'Baltimore Colts,'" he said.
"This single photograph made owner [Bob] Irsay the devil for many Baltimore fans and the hero of Indianapolis," said Mr. Imhoff.
"Lloyd was a lot of fun to work with, that's for sure," said Walter M. McCardell, a longtime Baltimore Sun photographer who retired in 1990. "He was a good photographer who always went out looking for things and found them."
Mr. Pearson always had his camera on the front seat of his car, even when he wasn't working, in case he chanced upon something that caught his eye.
"Nothing got by him that he didn't see in black and white, 8 X 10, and he always had the perfect caption," his daughter said.
He retired in 1986.
Mr. Pearson's hobby was the call of the road. Because he only had two weeks' vacation, Mr. Pearson loaded his family into his car and set off for the West to visit family, and except for catnaps, they kept moving.
By 1982, when he had given up his nonstop drives for air travel, Mr. Pearson had criss-crossed the country 73 times in 25 cars, racking up roughly 922,000 road miles.
"If I don't get behind the wheel, I get withdrawal symptoms," he told The Sun in a 1988 interview.
"The neighbors know about it — the nutty guy who buys another car every two years and drives cross-country with Phyllis or other families," he said.
The longtime Sipple Avenue resident had lived at Park View at Rosedale, a senior living community, since 2003.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at Evans Funeral Chapel, 8800 Harford Road.
In addition to his wife and daughter, Mr. Pearson is survived by two sons, David L. Pearson of Austin, Texas, and Michael G. Pearson of Honolulu; a brother, Buddy Larsen of Apple Valley, Calif.; a sister, Mona Larsen of Las Vegas; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.