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Lynn Park, 68, of San Leandro, CA, died April 22, 2013. The only child of Franklin and Clara Park, Lynn was born in Jefferson City, TN. She died of complications while convalescing from a bone fracture, which was the result of osteogenesis imperfecta.

Lynn earned a BA in Humanities from Eckerd College in 1965; an MA in Communications from Arizona State University in 1991; and an MDiv from San Francisco Theological Seminary in 1996.

Professionally, she was an editor, but Lynn also once worked as a photographer at a country club in Tucson, and she was a devoted hospital chaplain while interning for her MDiv degree.

Lynn was a poet and a painter. She "came home" to photography in 2006 and created a large and startlingly original body of work. Her vision, skewed to her line of sight from her wheelchair, was unique, spiritual, true, and precise in capturing unexpected detail.

Both Christian and Buddhist, Lynn had a fierce, "bi-chambered" heart. She once wrote, "Consider yourself blessed: The stones that break your bones will build the altar of your love." Lately, Lynn spoke joyfully of her "resurrection body." She believed her often-broken and steadfastly healed bones would one day be called home.

Lynn was loved and loving. She spoke directly, courageously, honestly, sometimes loudly, with a homey Southern cadence. She listened with insight and generosity. Her independence and resilience were a given. She had a hearty smile, terrific hats, and a mischievous, sly wit. She was known to dance with her wheelchair. Today she is surely dancing without it, and she's hollering, "Hot dayum."

Lynn is survived by a cousin, Gale Park of Knoxville, TN; other extended family; her church community at St. Gregory of Nyssa Episcopal Church; and a host of friends.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, May 11, 2013 at 3pm at St. Gregory of Nyssa Episcopal Church, 500 DeHaro Street, San Francisco, CA 94107. All are welcome.

Donations to honor Lynn Park may be made to St. Gregory of Nyssa Episcopal Church, with the notation "Pastoral Care Fund," and mailed to the above address.

Published in San Francisco Chronicle on May 5, 2013
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