David Wayne Parks
December 25, 1941 – August 7, 2019
David Wayne Parks died at his home in Austin, Texas on Wednesday evening, August 7, 2019. Dave was born in Muenster, Texas on December 25, 1941. He graduated from Abilene High School in 1960 and received his degree from Texas Tech University.
Dave had an accomplished and rewarding 10 year career in the National Football League. In the 1964 NFL draft, he was the No. 1 overall selection by the San Francisco 49ers where he played for 4 years. He played for the New Orleans Saints for 5 years and the Houston Oilers for his last season. He played in several Pro Bowls and was inducted to the College Football Hall of Fame in 2008, the Texas Sports Hall of Fame in 2011 and the Texas Tech University Ring of Honor in 2012. Dave loved the game of football and the lifelong friends he made along the way.
Dave was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas Albert Parks and Oda Fay Johnson Parks. Dave is survived by his wife of 57 years, Susan; his daughter Paige McClung (Kip) and their daughter McKenzie and son Kevin; his son David Parks, Jr. (Allison) and their son Chase, daughter Chandler, and son Chad; and his son Todd Parks and his son Trenton (Ashley) and daughter Paige (Blake).
Dave donated his brain to the Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy at Boston University School of Medicine to help further the research and understanding of CTE and awareness of the connection to repetitive head impacts including concussions.
No public services are planned. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Temple, Texas, 2415 South 47th Street, Temple, TX 76504.
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David Wayne Parks
August 13, 2019
The Parks family probably doesn’t know who I am, but I knew David through my dad, Bill Fulls. They were high school buddies who ended up at Tech together. David was even in my parent’s wedding. I only med David a few times, but 4 distinct memories stand out. The first is me and my dad standing out in front of David’s home and him showing us the “Speedy Weedy”. Not even sure he had a patent on it yet. The second time is when David sponsored me in a Lift-A-Thon at my High School, and the head coach recognized him and announced him to the crowd. The third time is when my family was up at Campbell Green and David’s grandkids were there. My dad recognized them and his daughter (I think). The minute he said something to them, I remember noticing those kids looked just like David. My final memory was at my Dad’s funeral. David was walking out with the old high school crew, and he turned back gave me a big old hug. I remember thinking how special it was to me because it made me realize that those guys loved my dad, and that they had a really special bond. That group of guys, David, my dad, Billy, and Clark......3 of them now up in heaven laughing it up like the old days of Abilene High and Tech that I heard about so many times. Condolences to the Parks family, you are in our thoughts.
August 10, 2019
The Tanaka Family, former Dallas neighbors, are shocked and saddened to hear of Dave’s death. We are remembering the fun times the neighborhood boys had playing football with him and the pool and bar-b-que times in our back yard with Dave and Susan.
Our love to Susan, David, Paige and Todd at this difficult time.