Paul Fredrick Parker III Sept. 22, 1962-July 5, 2013 Paul ("Goo") Parker was born on September 22nd 1962 to Sandra and Paul Parker, the second of three children. His childhood was spent on the shore and in the waters of Miami Beach and the Florida Keys. In his youth he moved to Venice, CA where he attended Venice High School. In a graduating class of 698 Paul was Valedictorian and in 1987 graduated from UCLA, Phi Beta Kappa. In Venice, Paul found a loving second family with Ted and Peg Lennon and their 13 kids and with "Sis" Lennon and her 11 children. Through this extended family, Paul found work at The Welk Group, Inc. in Santa Monica in order to put himself through college. It was there that Kevin Welk introduced Paul to his cousin, Lisa Fredricks, who was immediately won over by Paul's gentle nature, crystal blue eyes and keen sense of humor. The couple married in 1995 and welcomed a daughter, Gillian, in 1997 and son, Ethan, on Halloween Day 2000. Paul worked for Broderbund Software and IBM and in the last years of his life with special needs children in the Marin County Public School system. In his last years he fought his illness with great courage and valor. Paul was a patient pied piper and teacher whom children naturally followed and with whom they felt secure. Throughout his life children were the recipients of his fatherly attention and devotion. He was a good-humored, warm and unassuming man who won the affections of all who knew him. Above all he adored his own children. In addition to his ex-wife, Lisa Parker, and children Gillian and Ethan Parker, he leaves behind his mother, Sandra Margler (Larry), Father Paul F. Parker Jr. (Kyle), sisters Tracee and Bambee Parker, three nieces and five nephews. His loving spirit will live on and flourish in the lives of his son and daughter.
Published in Marin Independent Journal on Aug. 16, 2013