Karl McEwan Parker
November 27, 1939 – February 19, 2015
Karl McEwan Parker—husband, father, grandfather, US Navy Veteran, electrical engineer, sports fan and fisherman—died on Thursday, February 19, 2015, while at home in Deer Park, TX due to a prolonged battle with cancer. He was 75.
Karl was born in Wills Point, TX on November 27, 1939, to Karl M. Parker and Virginia Frances Nichols-Parker. Karl is survived by his wife of 53 years Florence Jeanette Bender-Parker, daughter Lora Ann Parker-Hoke and her Husband Tom of Sammish, Washington, son J. David Parker and his wife Julie of Deridder, Louisiana, brother Donald Lloyd Parker of Rockville, Maryland, grandchildren Samantha Hoke, Amanda Hoke, Weston Clark, Camron Clark and Tegan Parker and numerous nieces, nephews and friends. He is preceded in death by his Dad Karl M. Parker, Mother Virginia Frances Parker, Sister Zola Jean Parker-Hughes, brother William Nichols Parker, and sister Virginia Frances Parker-Pinkston.
In October of 1959 Karl enlisted in the US Navy where he was sonars-man on the U.S.S. Perry DD844, he obtained the rank of Petty Officer 2nd Class , and was honorable discharged in August of 1963. After the Navy he began working at Texas Instruments. While working days at Texas Instruments he spent 13 years in evening classes at University of Houston where he obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering. He worked for Texas Instruments, Halliburton Geophysical and two small electronics companies for 40 years before retiring.
After retirement Karl and Florence were “gone fishing” and moved to Oyster Creek, TX. After living full time for 10 years in Oyster Creek, Karl and Florence moved to Deer Park, Texas not far from where they met in Pasadena. Karl was a loving husband who thought of everything, a great father and grandfather. Karl was an all-around good guy, who had a sense of humor and will be greatly missed.
- Visitation Tuesday, February 24, 2015
- Funeral Service Tuesday, February 24, 2015