Walter Wayne Parks
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Walter Wayne Parks passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family on Wednesday, Dec 5, 2012 at Renown Hospital after an 8 month battle with lung cancer. Walt was born in Berkley, CA on Sept 29, 1942 to Paul and Doris Parks. Raised in Portola, CA, he was involved in football, basketball, and track until he graduated in 1960. Walter earned a scholastic scholarship to Chico State University, where he studied aeronautical engineering, until he was drafted to serve in Vietnam.
After the service he was employed in the telecommunication business for 48 years, starting with Nevada Bell. He also worked for AT&T, Lucent Technologies, Avaya, Net Versant and the Quagga Corp, and was on medical leave at the time of his death. Respected by all the people and companies he worked with, he was in high demand for his expertise and willingness to work long, hard hours.
Walter married Lynda Sei in 1984, they lived in Sparks where they raised two beautiful children, Jeffrey (Michele) Seifers and Cindy Thomas. Lynda and Walt have three grandchildren, Erika Seifers (11), Jenna Thomas (10) and Anthony Thomas (6), all of Sparks. He is also survived by his brothers, Howard Glenn Parks and Thomas Lynn Parks. He is preceded in death by his Mother and Father, brother John Parks and sister Boots Farris.
Walter was initiated into the Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks, Reno Lodge No.597, on Feb. 28, 1974. After advancing through the chairs he served as Exalted Ruler in 1983-84 and was awarded an honorary life membership in April 1987. He joined the Free and Accepted Masons of Nevada, Washoe Lodge No. 35 on Oct 23, 1985 and was raised to Master Mason on May 21, 1986. As an adult worker with the International Order of Rainbow for Girls, he served locally at Sparks Assembly No. 3. On a statewide level, he served or chaired the Grand Assembly Committee from 1991 through 1996. In 1990 he received the highest honor awarded to a Rainbow girl or adult worker, the Grand Cross of Color, the same year his daughter Cindy received the same honor. In 1994 he served as Nevada State Rainbow Dad. He was also a member of Martha Chapter No. 5, Order of The Eastern Star. Walter was proud to give service to his community, youth, and charity. Walt's greatest joy was his wife, his children, his grandchildren and his extended family. He will surely be missed by all who knew him.
A Celebration of Life service will be held at Final Wishes Chapel in the Masonic Memorial Gardens, 437 Stoker Ave, Reno, NV at 11:00 a.m. Friday, December 14, 2012.
In lieu of flowers a memorial donation can be made to the Shriners Hospital for Children Northern California, 2425 Stockton Blvd, Sacramento, CA 96517, 916-453-2000; the Elks Safe Haven Project, % Reno Elks Lodge No. 597, 597 Kumle Lane, Reno 89509 or a
Published in Reno Gazette-Journal on Dec. 11, 2012