George C. Parker January 15, 1918 - November 28, 2011 George C. Parker was born in Murdo, South Dakota, on January 15, 1918, to Howard and Mary Parker and passed away in Bakersfield, CA, on November 28, 2011. He was 93 years of age. George attended school in Murdo, SD., and upon graduation from high school, entered Whittier College, where he was an instructor in the History Department. Upon graduation from Whittier College, he returned to Murdo, SD., becoming a cashier at his father's bank, The Jones County State Bank. He served 3 1/2 years in the U.S. Army as a personnel officer. In 1949, he married Mildred Ruth Nyquist, and in late 1949 moved with his family to Yorba Linda, CA. In 1952, he returned to his banking career, going to Buttonwillow, CA, to find and open Buttonwillow National Bank, later to become the Community National Bank. During his tenure as CEO and Chairman of the Board for this bank, it grew to 13 offices in Kern County, 3 offices in Fresno County, and ownership of another bank in Chandler, AZ. George served as director and president of the Buttonwillow Chamber of Commerce, director and president of the Kern County Board of Trade, president of the Kern County Safety Council, fund chairman of the Kern County Heart Assoc., director of the California Bankers Assoc., director of the Independent Bankers Assoc. of California, trustee of Whittier College, chairman of the Rose Parade Float Committee, and was chosen as outstanding alumni of Whittier College. He was very active in the Kern County Water Assoc. He was on the organ committee at the Methodist Church in Murdo, SD., and the building committee of the Community Baptist Church in Buttonwillow and the First Methodist Church in Bakersfield. George is survived by his sisters-in-law, Virginia and Sylvia Parker; five nephews and their families, Howard, Robert, Raymond, Randell, and Russell Parker; niece, Lauralyn Underwood; and ten grandnephews and grandnieces. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, December 3, 2011, at 10:00 a.m. at Greenlawn Memorial Chapel, 3700 River Blvd. Visitation will not be scheduled. For condolences please visit www.greenlawnmortuaryandcemetery.com. Greenlawn Mortuary www.bakersfield.com/obits
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Published in Bakersfield Californian from Dec. 1 to Dec. 2, 2011