OBITUARY

William Denny Parker

June 5, 1945April 28, 2021
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William Denny Parker was born on June 5, 1945 at an Army hospital converted from the five star Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables, Florida to Captain William Lucien Parker and Esther Edwards Parker. William was called home to his Heavenly Father on April 28, 2021. He fully accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior during his years of studying Architecture at The University of Texas at Austin. He graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in 1968.

William began his professional career in Austin, Texas before leaving in August of 1971 for New York City to pursue his passion of singing, music and the performing arts. William arrived on a Wednesday, interviewed on a Friday, and began work the following Monday for Architects Robert A.M. Stern and John Hagmann. “Making it” in NYC didn’t seem so difficult for William. He continued achieving in both passions and in May of 1985 during a lone trip to Paris, he met and fell in love with Frederique Moinard. The couple married a few months later in Paris.

New York City and Battery Park was the first home for the couple and following a harrowing cab ride to Columbia Presbyterian on East 68th Street, their precious Camille Moinard Parker was born on January 22, 1988. After a turn pursuing professional opportunities and enjoying family back in Paris, William, Frederique and Camille moved to Austin, TX and made the city their lifetime home in 1993.

While in Austin, William maintained his love of music and the arts while pursuing a career in Architecture and Interior Design. William never met a stranger and soon became a staple with the Actors Equity, in the neighborhood, many social settings and within the religious community.

He is preceded in death by his parents, and his wife Frederique Moinard. He is survived by his daughter Camille Ross, her husband Taylor Ross, most importantly, granddaughter Elsie Frederique Ross. He is also survived by his brother Jack Parker, his wife Sallie Tarkington Parker, brother Tom Parker, his wife Sue Skipp Parker, and niece Hilary Mathews, nephews Will Parker, Korbin Parker, Daniel Parker and countless cousins that blessed his entire life from the gift of his parents eight siblings.

  • FAMILY

  • Captain William Lucien Parker, Father (deceased)
  • Esther Edwards Parker, Mother (deceased)
  • Frederique Moinard, Wife (deceased)
  • Camille Moinard Ross, Daughter
  • Taylor Ross, Son-in-law
  • Elsie Frederique Ross, Granddaughter
  • Jack Parker, Brother
  • Sallie Tarkington Parker, Sister-in-law
  • Tom Parker, Brother
  • Sue Skipp Parker, Sister-in-law
  • Hilary Mathews, Niece
  • Will Parker, Nephew
  • Korbin Parker, Nephew
  • Daniel Parker, Nephew
  • As well as countless cousins that blessed his entire life from the gift of his parents' eight siblings.

Services

  • Funeral Service

    Monday, May 3, 2021

  • Interment

    Monday, May 3, 2021

Memories

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John De La Garza

May 4, 2021

to Camille: I knew William well as Denny in our Plymouth Oil Camp days. Our parents were close friends back then and remained so after the transfer to Houston. What I did not realize is that William and I were both UT students in the mid 60s. When we crossed paths here in Austin in the past several years, his words about you were always so lovingly proud. He is missed.

to Jack & Tom: You are recalled vividly, also. If you are not aware, our fathers were working for Plymouth Oil before WWII and lived as bachelors in the old camp bunk house, enlisted almost simultaneously in the Army Air Force when war was declared, and both became officer flyers. There is a great photo of them in that bunk house drinking beer together with two other fellows. I will see that you receive copies of that photo, and the hope is that we will stay in touch.

Best regards,
John De La Garza
Austin & Inks Lake

Judy Mize (Clarke)

May 3, 2021

Denny and I grew up in Plymouth camp. It was the best place to grow up. We would carpool to school and had our own little town. Every one was envious of us. We had a swimming pool,tennis court and basketball hoops to keep us entertained. Our junior year his Dad was transferred to Houston and his life went on. Wishing him only the best in his travels. I could go on and on about Denny. He will be missed here but his wife is waiting for him. Lk

Lynn Remadna

May 3, 2021

Camille,
I am so sorry about your Daddy’s leaving his earthly vessel. He was a very dear friend and he loved you all dearly! I enjoyed so many trips to Ole Miss with him snd special times going to Rainey Street and Donn’s Depot and of course his wonderful parties with the most awesome musical entertainment! What a talented man he was. I loved his piano playing and his beautiful voice!
We knew so many of the same people from UT days and he and I loved talking about those days!!
I am so glad you and Nabil are close friends.
Love you dearly and we are here for you during the sad times and the happy times, too!
I still am touched that William said he saw “Lynn Remadna walking past “ his window outside Brookdale!
God Bless William and all the family..
I know he has found his beloved wife waiting with open arms in Heaven‼️❤️❤️
✌️❤️🎶
Lynn, Khier and Nabil Remadna

Forrest Preece

May 2, 2021

William was a treasured friend who added a lot of joy to our lives. Linda and I have many wonderful memories of him: hanging out at the Four Seasons Lobby Lounge, trading stories and listening to him sing with Rebecca Ryan; elaborate parties at his home; and most importantly for us, the results of his design efforts that made our condo so livable. Rest in peace, good friend. Sincere condolences to Camille.

Mary Burnside

April 29, 2021

Camille, I don’t know if you’ll remember me but our paths crossed several times at BWH on the weekends when I worked at the reception desk in IL.

I’m very sorry for your loss. Your dad had such a pleasant personality, was extremely social and was a talented pianist. It was hard to see him struggle and I know that it was hard for you.

When I remember you, I remember a loving, devoted, caring daughter, and that’s exactly how your Dad remembered you.

Take all the time you need to grieve, and take care of yourself. Eventually, and perhaps sooner than you realize, you’ll start remembering good times with your Dad, and you will know that you did a wonderful job of giving him care and dignity in his final days, and that is a precious gift.

Take care,

Mary E. Burnside
Former Weekend Receptionist
BWH

kate goode

April 29, 2021

Dear Camille--Anne told me today about your father's death and I am sorry to hear about it. He was a kind and generous man and in the time you and Anne were doing theatre at Austin High, I always enjoyed seeing him. He helped me so much when I tried to put together some sort of fundraiser, the details of which are mercifully lost in the mists of time--but I do remember his interest and help. I will be thinking of you and I am sorry for your loss.

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