Avis de décès
Donald William Parks
14 juillet 1939 – 30 mars 2022
Don began his career in the corrugated paper industry the following year, starting at ground level and working his way up, the family moved three times in nine years to Medina, OH, Springfield, MO, finally landing in Waco, TX in 1982. Later, when people asked Don how he ended up in Waco from Michigan, he would downplay his years of working his way through the ranks saying, “I strapped a snow shovel to the car and drove south until someone said, “What’s that?” In 1984 Don and four partners started building their own corrugated plant, Central Texas Corrugated (CTC) which went into production in August of 1985, with immediate success. Don, the main salesperson, traveled around Texas every week Tuesday through Thursday. He was the guy they sent when customers had a complaint. He was the mediator. He was also a leader in the corrugated industry serving as a National Director for the Association of Independent Corrugated Converters. Don retired in 2006 when CTC was sold to Boise Cascade. Don pursued favorite hobbies in retirement: traveling with MaryAnn to destinations around the globe, enjoying his classic cars, and of course, golf. Golf buddies often said, “Don could hit the ball a country mile.” When friends and family speak about Don, repeated themes emerge both personally and professionally: appreciative, fair, and positive. The ultimate salesman, his quick-witted personality was often compared to talk-show host Johnny Carson. Don generously gave back to his church and local communities. As a founding member of St. Jerome Catholic Church he was a Eucharistic Minister, served on different church committees and on the School Board of Reicher Catholic School. By recommendation of his Parish priest Don was selected to be a member of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem. He became immersed in the Waco community serving on numerous boards, and volunteer committees: Providence Foundation Board, President of Waco Symphony Association establishing an endowment fund for Waco Youth Orchestra Scholarships, Waco Performing Arts Board, and the Red Cross Board. In 2009 Don and MaryAnn were awarded Philanthropist of the Year in Waco. The presenter explained, “Don and MaryAnn have given so much of their time and resources to so many organizations in Waco, it’s hard to imagine the collective impact of their generosity on the community.” In addition to MaryAnn, his devoted wife and best friend of 59 years, Don is survived by and was most proud of his successful daughters Beth Kilgo (Billy) and Melissa Takamatsu (Steve) and his four grandchildren: Parker and Kelsey Kilgo and Hana and Dori Takamatsu. He is further survived by his sister Jane Peden, and two brothers, Robert Parks and Dick Parks, numerous in-laws, nieces, and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be donated in Don’s honor to Waco Symphony Association, 600 Austin Ave., Waco, TX 76701, St. Jerome Catholic Church, 9820 Chapel Rd., Waco, TX 76712, or the charity of your choice. On May 20 at 11a.m., an Inurnment Service will be held at St. John Neumann Memorial Prayer Garden and Columbarium in Austin, TX. A gathering will follow in Morris Hall to celebrate Don.
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