LISA I. PARISH
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In the quiet hours just before dawn, on the 22nd of February, 2007, Lisa Irene Parish lost her fight with pulmonary hypertension at the University of Washington Medical Center. Her untimely passing has devastated both family and friends beyond words.
A true "Fighter Pilot Daughter," Lisa came into the world on Glasgow Air Force Base, July 29, 1962, to the delight of John and Bonnie Landerdahl. Her loving husband, Robert, and her two sons, Cooper and Oliver, of Port Townsend, Wash., will miss her dearly.
Lisa spent her earliest years learning a love of travel while her father's flying career led her and her siblings, Julia, Steven and Peter, on adventures around the world. Lisa often reminisced on her early years in English public school … a weekly treat was skipping through the door of the local grocer's with a sack full of penny candy. Less fond, though not less told, were the stories of boiled liver in the school lunchroom.
Lisa's family chose Bozeman as their final home, arriving just as the leaves were turning bright … the fall of 1975. From sixth grade at Willson School through graduation from Bozeman Senior High School in 1982, Lisa built friendships that would last a lifetime. It was during her time on the yearbook staff she realized her passion for design and eye for beauty. With a Worthy Student Scholarship in her hand, she started her art training at Montana State University. A year later, she was eagerly tackling an associate of art degree from the Seattle Art Institute, graduating with honors and the admiration of all those who worked with her.
By the time Lisa took a job designing for Sun Sportswear, her art career was well underway. When the artist in the adjoining cubicle came over to say hello (and tease the "New Kid" a bit), neither realized that the teasing, laughter and morning hellos would continue for the next 17 years … t should have been much longer. When her new friend left to join the Air Force, it was decided soon after that the whole "miles apart" thing just would not do … Rob and Lisa were married in Seattle in November 1990.
Though Rob's flying job landed them in the Midwest, the call to her true home brought Lisa and their new son, Cooper, back to Montana four years later. Memories of monthly car club trips, happy friends and the birth of their first son came with them from Oklahoma. A deeper appreciation for the mountains was an obvious byproduct as well.
True to its reputation, Montana was an epic adventure … baby's first steps, family Christmases, a second child, Oliver, that scary first mortgage, half a dozen $500 cars … and the anniversaries kept piling-up. Lisa and Rob (and the kids now) took each hurdle hand-in-hand, smiling for friends but scared as heck inside. The friends they made in Bozeman are the kind most only dream of. Their monthly dinner group, their laughing, loving co-workers, these bonds are like steel … but maybe tougher.
When Rob's call back to the ocean became too strong to ignore, hand-in-hand they took on this adventure too … the same smiles, the same fears. Lisa swore this move to the Olympic Peninsula would be her last, and when her husband's new career as a boatbuilder meshed so well with her new adventure designing products and packaging for the garden gift industry … there seemed no reason to leave. Rob, the kids, her family and her new wonderful friends in Port Townsend are heartbroken that there is one more move left for Lisa as they bring her back "Home" to Montana.
Lisa is preceded in death by her grandparents, Nellie and Earl Shoemaker, and Venice and Arnell Landerdahl.
Lisa is survived by her husband, Robert and their two sons, Cooper and Oliver of Port Townsend, Wash.; her loving parents, John and Bonnie Landerdahl of Bozeman; and her siblings, Julia Anderson (Scott and son, Patrick) of Bozeman, Steven (Carrie and sons, Scott and Kevin) Landerdahl of Bakersfield, Calif., and Peter Landerdahl of Everett, Wash. She will be deeply missed by all those who knew her.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at First Presbyterian Church, Bozeman. Private family interment in Sunset Hills Cemetery.
Arrangements are under the care of Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service; www.DokkkenNelson.com.
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Feb. 28, 2007