OBITUARY

LTC Colonel (Ret Army) Donald James Parrish Jr.

January 21, 1943January 14, 2021
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Legacy of Life -- Friend of many, loved by all, passed away at home in the loving arms of family after an extended illness with liver failure. Born in Sacramento, CA to the late Donald J. Parrish, Sr and Mary Ruth Morgan.

Life Achievements: Graduated from Miller Elementary School and Omaha North High School Class of 1961, Omaha Nebraska, Graduate of West Point Military Academy Class of 1965, Served in the military (Army) 21 years. Graduated Army Ranger school and Jump School. Served in Vietnam as Commander of a Field Artillery Battery, Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry with Palm, received the Bronze Star for Service, Meritorious Service Medal (1stOak Lead Cluster), National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, United Nations Medal, Ranger and Parachute Badge, Army Advisor Badge, Overseas Service Bars. He graduated from the Naval Post Graduate School in Monterey, CA where he received a Master’s degree in Operations Research and Development in 1973, assigned to the UN Peace Keeping Force after the Arab-Israeli War in 1974, Appointed as Professor of Mathematics at West Point Military Academy, Post Military Career Don worked as a Senior Systems Analyst for 21 years in defense related technologies, Lockheed Martin, He was honored by his high school alma mater, Omaha North Magnet High School in Omaha, Nebraska with a Viking of Distinction Award and Commemorative Medal in 1961. His portrait is on display in the school’s Hall of Distinction for outstanding achievement both professionally and personally.

He was an accomplished snow skier, runner and avid golfer. He enjoyed worldwide travel. He loved teaching his grandchildren and members of the Orlando Ski Club how to ski. He was a ski instructor at West Point Military Academy, Member of Senior Military Active Retired Travelers (SMART), Treasurer of Gold Coast Chapter and Buccaneer Chapters International Travelers. Past Board Member of Waterbridge Community Association, Winter Park, FL.

He is survived by his wife, Dr Sharon Koch-Parrish, APRN of Winter Park, FL; son Colonel National Guard (Ret) Mark Parrish (Julie, former state representative OR); their children Maxwell, Tucker and Gage of West Linn, OR, Sister Katherine Parrish and brother Dana Parrish of Omaha, Nebraska; Stepdaughter Christin Koch Stanton (Dr Jeffrey Stanton, DMV Research) and their children Jacob and Jordan Olivia in Beaverton, OR; Stepson Scott Koch (Luda), their child Gabrielle of St Louis, MO; sister in law Kay Kenney of DeLand, FL; brothers in law Ron Johnson (Susan), H. Michael Page (BJ), J. Joseph Page (Janelle) from MO; and, nieces & nephews. Don was predeceased by his father Donald J. Parrish, Sr and Mother, Mary Ruth Parrish and Brother, Douglas Parrish.

Don will be remembered as a mentor, an athlete, a scholar and friend. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to liver research and transplantation FL Adventist Transplant Department and Mayo Transplantation Center in Jacksonville, FL He will rest in peace at his favorite places, West Point Military Academy, NY, Grandview Memorial Park, Hannibal, MO, Vail Mountain, and a local golf course. May God give him peace and rest.

Visitation at Baldwin-Fairchild Funeral Home, 994 E. Altamonte Drive (at Ronald Reagan Blvd) Friday, February 12, 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Visitation at 10:00am prior to 11:00am Memorial service on Saturday, February 13 at St John Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1600 S. Orlando Avenue (1792), Winter Park, FL 32789.

Services

  • Visitation

    Friday, February 12, 2021

  • Visitation

    Saturday, February 13, 2021

  • Celebration of Life

    Saturday, February 13, 2021

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Terry Bowman

February 13, 2021

Sharon has lost a wonderful husband, and we have lost a dear and good friend. Don was a great friend and associate. He was always my first choice to bounce off ideas at work as he had a great understanding of Systems Analysis and its application to military problems. Thinking of Don creates an amazing number of great memories. His bachelor party and the wonderful wedding and reception when he and Sharon were married. The great dinners we had to celebrate special occasions at Coq au Vin with our favorite waiter. Golfing.
He and Sharon made great travel companions. Our travels also took us to: Italy where Don christened a building with our rental car, we chased a herd of wild boar and heard the bell ring when a new race horse was born, we watched the “girls” get stuck in a self-cleaning toilet, and we really enjoyed many great meals and bottles of wine; Moab, Utah where we hiked and enjoyed Canyon Land and Arches; Idaho for the many beautiful sites; Montana where we enjoyed Whiskey tasting and seeing the animals in Glacier National Park and evenings at the campground; Portland, Oregon dinner that included Mark and his wife; and Walla Walla, Washington where we enjoyed dining and wine tasting.
Please know that we consider ourselves blessed to have been two of your closest friends over the years.

Dick Williams

February 7, 2021

Don and I were on the West Point track team together. We didn’t serve together in our Army careers but rekindled our friendships at every reunion. We touched base at the Tampa RV Super Show a couple years ago. He was a good guy. As we at West Point say, “Well done Don.“ A good man. I’ll see you on the other side.

Dana P Parrish

February 6, 2021

"The four Parrish boys" !

Dana P Parrish

February 6, 2021

The "four Parrish boys" !

Dana P Parrish

February 6, 2021

Oh Brother ! Someone wake me and tell me this isn't true. This must be an elaborate HOAX Don is perpetuating. I remember a Story in the 1980's .... Our Mother was about to plan a vacation to Orlando to visit Don & Sharon. Mom called concerned, she had just received a letter from Delta Airlines in Atlanta. The letter informed her she was "suspended" as a member of the exclusive Delta Club "Mother's of Delta Frequent Flyers" ! She was horrified ! The letter said, in part, that her son Don's "disruptive behavior" on a recent Delta flight was unacceptable ! Accordingly, under Club rules Mom would "no longer enjoy the benefits of Membership".

"What was she to do ?", she asked me. Eventually our Mother would discover this was a HOAX, and an elaborate one at that ! Very funny Brother Don, we have enjoyed and will always cherish your wonderful & unique sense of humor! What fun you brought into our lives, this was just one of the many GREAT reasons WE LOVED YOU SO ! Brother Don I will miss you and never forget that Older Brother I Admired in Life . Dana, your baby brother.

Sharon Parrish

February 1, 2021


Dearest Don, Love of my life for 33 years. He was my rock on which I could rely. Whether at home, on the road, playing golf, skiing or traveling the world we spent many countless hours and days of quality times together. His twinkling blue eyes and infectious, mischievous smile attracted me the first time I met him. Always witty and funny. He was a high achiever and had many goals and accomplishes in life. He endured many rigors of life at West Point and in his Army career. Don was always there for me, picking me up when I was down and watching over me. He was a gentleman, a great provider and patient husband . His passing has left a void in my heart. His fur baby, Murfee Doodle, and I miss him dearly.

John Steinbauer

January 31, 2021

Don was a great friend and strong supporter of the Special Military Active Recreational Travelers Club (SMART) and our local chapter, the South Florida Gold Coasters as long time Treasurer. He always had a dry sense of humor and would send out chapter dues notices from the Department of the Treasury as his title. He and Sharon were on two of our SMART caravans where we had fun and lots of laughs. You could always count on Don to bring a great hors d'oeurve to our social hours to share..the best one being the jalapeno quiche which everyone loved. He enjoyed dressing up for Halloween in funny costumes. He was a real fighter and attended out last muster in October despite being in pain and barely able to walk. He was a good man who served our Nation well who will be missed by all who knew him. Sincerely, John Steinbauer President, Gold Coasters/Past National SMART President

Jim Gember

January 29, 2021

Don was a cherished friend from Omaha North (Nebraska) High School class of 1961. A very smart, intelligent person who was not only an accomplished military officer but a friend for life.

Rosetta cudazzo

January 26, 2021

Our sincerest condolences to the family.

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Hole In One! Lake Oswego Municipal Golf Course Hole #17

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Mark and Don

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Don Parrish Sr.

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Don

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Mark and Don

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Don and Mark

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Grandpa, Gage and Tucker

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Skiing with the Grandkids

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Grandpa and Gage