Homer Lee Parker, age 74, a longtime resident of Hoquiam, died on Tuesday, October 8, 2013, at his home in Hoquiam.
He was born on January 29, 1939, in Sylva, North Carolina to Elmer and Verdie (Nations) Parker. The family moved to Hoquiam when Homer was an infant. He attended local schools and graduated from Hoquiam High School.
On February 13, 1960, he and Doris Rae were married at Saron Lutheran Church in Hoquiam, Washington. She survives at the family home in Hoquiam.
He served in the U.S. Army. After his discharge, he returned to the Harbor where he worked for Aberdeen Plywood. He later worked for the City of Hoquiam with the Water Department, and was the county road supervisor for District #3 for 23 years, retiring in 1996.
In retirement he served on the board of Coastal Harvest Food Bank. He also worked for several engineering firms doing projects in Grays Harbor. In 2002, Homer was instrumental laying the groundwork for the new city of Seabrook. The amphitheater has been named in his honor and the flag pole dedicated to him and all of the service members of our great country.
He enjoyed his work and the people with whom he worked. He was always willing to help his friends and neighbors. He also enjoyed traveling and had been to all of the western states including Hawaii. He loved watching his children and grandchildren participate in all sporting events.
In addition to his wife, Doris; surviving relatives include two sons, Allen Parker of Pacific Beach and Gary Parker of Hoquiam; two brothers and their wives, Carl and Donna Parker of Hoquiam and Floyd “Bud” and Pat Parker of Montesano; a sister, Jessie Butler of Lebanon, Oregon and four grandchildren, Danielle Russell and her husband, Ben, Kaylyn Parker, Cameron Parker and Cody Parker; and daughter-in-law, Susan Parker of Aberdeen. His friend, “Shorty”, always traveled with him to his morning coffee meetings.
A private family urn committal service will be held at Hoquiam’s Sunset Memorial Park.
The family suggests that memorial contributions be made to the Aaron Jay Foote Memorial Scholarship Fund, C/O Twin Star Credit Union in Hoquiam.
Cremation arrangements are by the Coleman Mortuary in Hoquiam.
Please take a few moments to record your thoughts for the family by signing the online register at www.colemanmortuary.net.