He graduated from Bellingham High School in June of 1950. He played the guitar and had his own radio show. He went on to pack for the Forest Service with a friend and to run wild horses east of the mountains. In 1951 he married his high school sweetheart Jean and they settled down to start raising a family. He worked for the Washington State Fisheries from 1962 to 1966. He worked in Crescent City as a deputy sheriff from 1967 to 1977 and was meritoriously awarded the metal of valor by the Veterans of Foreign Wars of Washington, D.C. for his dedication of duty during the mass murder at Ship Ashore Resort in Smith River. He and his wife, Jean, have been living in Boulder City, Nev., since 1992. He was also an award-winning artist, master carpenter, published author, hunter, patriot and poetic cowboy! He was truly one of a kind and is deeply and sadly missed by all.
Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Jean; six children: Kathy (Duane) Bond, Brookings, Ore.; Julie (Jerry) Cansdale, Boulder City, Nev.; Wes (Becky) Parker, Luck, Wisc.; Becky (Rick) Coltra, Minden, Nev.; Wendy (Curtis) Seivers, Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho; and James Parker of Gardnerville, Nev., as well as 18 grandchildren, 30 great-grandchildren and one great-great-granddaughter. He was also survived by brother, Robert (Myrna) Parker, Bellingham, Wash., and Merwin (Martha) Parker of Spokane, Wash., who passed away October 28, 2012.
— Submitted by Family