Lawrence Emery Parker, of Hidden Valley Lake, passed away after a short illness, in his sleep at the age of 87 on Saturday, June 9, 2012. Lawrence is survived by his loving wife of 59 years, Frances Elizabeth Parker, his son Michael Parker and wife Pamela Parker, grandson Blake Parker and brother Henry Parker and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by brothers Jack and Walter. At the age of five, Lawrence, his three brothers and recently widowed mother moved from Daly City to Cloverdale where his mother found employment in the local agricultural industry. While growing up in Cloverdale, Lawrence acquired the nickname of Arkie the name by which many of friends still remember him. Lawrence graduated from Cloverdale High School in 1943 and joined the United States Army. During World War II he served in both Europe and Japan and was awarded the Bronze Star. After the war he returned to Cloverdale where he and his business partner Walter Belford purchased the Triangle Service Station. Eventually they focused their business on tires running Belford and Parker Tires for nearly 40 years. Avid golfers, Lawrence and Frances built a second home in Hidden Valley Lake in 1976 and become fulltime residents and 1994. They enjoy many great friendships in the community. Lawrence's love of golf continued to the very end as he played 21 of 31 days in May including a wonderful round with his wife and son just two days before he was stricken. He was loved and will be much missed by his family and friends. Services will be held for Lawrence at the Sacramento Valley National Cemetery on Tuesday, June 19 at 11:30. Gifts to
in his name in lieu of flowers would be appreciated. Arrangements by Fred Young Funeral Home Cloverdale
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Published Online in the Press Democrat from June 17 to June 18, 2012