Roy A. Parker, 83, died peacefully Friday, March 7, 2014, after a long and courageous fight with Parkinson's disease. He was born in Conway, Ark., to Walter Lane Parker and Harriett Mae Diffee Parker. Roy graduated from the University of Idaho, where he met his future wife, Dixie Dean. At N.Y.U., he studied meteorology and served as a meteorologist in the U.S. Air Force. He attended Yale University, where he received his Traffic Engineering credential, his profession for almost 40 years. He was a registered professional engineer. Roy was Palo Alto's first traffic Engineer and worked in numerous cities, states and countries around the world, some of which include: Phoenix, London, Paris, Madrid, Syria, Brazil, Los Angeles, Concord and San Leandro. In Honolulu, he was the Deputy Director of Transportation, Director of Transportation and also Head of OMPO. He was also a Past President of The Institute of Traffic Engineers. Roy loved music and singing and had been a member of Gold Coast Chorus in San Luis, Happy Hummers, Bicycle Clubs, Five Cities Rams, Central Coast Parkinson Support Group and helped the Central Coast Follies raise money for Parkinson Research. Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Dixie Dean Parker; children Walter Lane Parker II (Irene), David Dean Parker (Caryl) and Shauna Parker Zuend (Thomas); and grandchildren Mollie Parker, Hunter Parker, David Parker Jr., Rees Parker, Lauren Zuend and Cameron Zuend. He is also survived by his brother, Douglas Parker (Loretta); sister, Jane Parker; sister-in law, Ival Parker; and many nieces and nephews. His brother, Joe Parker preceded him in death. A celebration of life will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, March 31, 2014, at the Skyroom of the Edgewater Inn, 289 Wadsworth Ave. in Pismo Beach. In lieu of flowers, the family asks donations be made for Parkinson's Research and sent to Central Coast Parkinson's Support Group/Follies (Parkinson Research), 765 Mesa View Dr. #249, Arroyo Grande, CA 93420.
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Published in San Luis Obispo Tribune on Mar. 23, 2014