Ones LaVerle Parker (1932 - 2014)

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Ones LaVerle Parker

Saint George, Utah

Ones LaVerle Parker was born in Dike, Texas, on June 24, 1932, and passed away April 3, 2014. He was preceded in death by his parents Onesimus and Ila Parker, also his brothers Elvin and Bill. Ones is survived by his loving wife Margaret (Margo), his daughters Valorie Ann Parker- (Charlie) Wright and Karen Marie Parker; his sons Steven Tracy (Karen) Morgan, Monte Joe (Sharon) Morgan, Michael Wayne (Sheila) Morgan, and Clint Evan (Shery) Morgan. He is also survived by 16 grandchildren, 35 great grand children, and soon to have 2 great-great grandchildren.

LaVerle (to his family) was a skilled and talented man--self-taught in many areas. He passed along many of those skills to his children. He was a championship trap and skeet shooter, and an avid hunter and fisherman. He had a creative bent that led him to build many a brick wall or planter, design and build, rebuild, or reconfigure many things. In his later years he enjoyed and excelled at running and cycling. LaVerle bought his first guitar with money he earned from his job as a paper boy when he was very young. He continued playing guitar throughout the years and taught most of his children how to play as well.

He retired from AirCo (City of Industry, California) after 35 years of service at the age of 55. He obtained recognition from the company for 3 million miles of safe driving. He delivered cylinders of gases all over Southern California and especially enjoyed his deliveries that supported our space program.

LaVerle served two years in the United States Marine Corps. For his service in the Korean War, he received the National Defense Service Medal, Purple Heart Medal, Korean Service Medal with 1 Star, United Nations Service Medal, and Korean PUS. He was dischared as a Corporal. He truly exemplified "once a Marine, always a Marine."

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Published in The Spectrum & Daily News on Apr. 5, 2014
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