David B. Parlin

December 4, 1917December 15, 2012

December 15, 2012 -- David Baker Parlin, 95 years, widower of Esther (Jenney) Parlin after 49 years of marriage; and recent husband of Louise Macomber Ross (deceased).

Formerly of Fall River MA; Greenville SC; New Bedford MA; and Westport MA. Son of the late Maude Darling Parlin, well-known Fall River architect, and Raymond W. Parlin, Sanitary Engineer and Street Commissioner for the city of New York. Leaves two children: Carolyn F. Wheelock of Scottsdale AZ and David L. Parlin of St. Augustine FL; and two grandchildren John D. Wheelock of Toms River NJ and Dara M. Parlin of Orlando FL. Brother of the late Frances Davenport of Fall Fiver and Westport MA and the late Raymond W. Parlin Jr. of Providence RI.

1935 graduate of Durfee High School of Fall River, 1940 graduate of Brown University with BS in Mechanical Engineering. Joined Pratt & Whitney Aircraft as a “student engineer” with co-program towards Masters Degree at the University of Connecticut. Traveled extensively in US and Canada for P&W as a Field Service Engineer and later headed operations in the Northwestern states and Western Canada.

In 1948 joined Bigelow-Sanford Carpet Co. as a development engineer and was involved in massive changes in the technology of carpet manufacturing. Named in over 120 basic patents (US and foreign); Vice President in charge of Licensing (18 countries); later Vice President of Engineering & Research (5 US and Canadian plants). Traveled extensively overseas with 23 round trips to Europe, one around the world, and one to Australia and New Zealand. Involved in the planning and construction of three textile plants in Denmark, Germany, and Japan.

Former officer of Brown Student Engineering Society; President of Bigelow Engineering Society; member of Greenville SC Country Club and Wamsutta Club of New Bedford MA; Director of Cadmans Neck Improvement Association of Westport MA; member of Mayflower Descendants Group, and Sons of the American Revolution.

Donations may be made to Adams House, 1168 Highland Ave., Fall River MA 02720. Memorial services will be held at a future date. Arrangements in the care of Waring-Sullivan Homes of Memorial Tribute, Fall River.


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O . G. Morehead

December 10, 2013

Had the prilvilge to know Dave Parlin. Worked at Bigelow with him at Georgia Rug Mill. Great Enginer

Brenda Darling

December 28, 2012

Dear Parlin Family,

We would like to convey our condolences to the Parlin and Darling families. My husband Paul is a distant relative from his grandfathers side. (Wylder F. Darling). We never met Mr. Parlin, but we are very proud of the families history, especially of his mother Maudes' accomplishments.

Our prayers are with you all at this difficult time.

Brenda, Paul, and Amy Darling

Sheryl Lackey

December 19, 2012

Dear Carolyn, John, Little John, David, Kitty, Dara

My thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this time, I would like to say that your father was a great person and a perfect gentleman. As I was there to watch over him he was always concerned for me.

I never had an official good bye to all of you, however it was my pleasure to share some very special times with Mr. Parlin and his loved ones. Mr. Parlin loved Cadmans and the stories he would tell me. Again and again!!! (lol) However there is a very specific day that I will always remember it was a Sunday afternoon and I took Mr. Parlin to the Somerset Music Town Parade, he was like a little boy, he sat on my front porch all bundled up for 3 hours, never complained once. His expressions were priceless.

He will be missed by many.

Mike Langfield

December 19, 2012

Dear David, Kitty and Dara,

Dee and I would like to offer are deepest sympathies to all you at the passing of your father and grandfather. I know how much your father enjoyed Cadman's Neck even if it was just to sit and take in the peace and solitude Cadman's had to offer even on a cold winter's day. We very sorry for your loss and will keep your father in our thoughts and prayers.

Mike and Dee Langfield