RICHARD "RICK" PARR Apple Valley 02/03/1953 - 12/14/2012 Rick passed away from complications of a lengthy illness on December 14, 2012. He was a nearly lifelong resident of the high desert, moving with his family to Hesperia in 1959. Following graduation from Apple Valley High School in 1971, Rick pursued his career in the auto repair business for numerous years before becoming a heavy equipment mechanic for Mojave Equipment Company. Rick was an avid NASCAR fan, particularly Dale Earnhardt Senior, as well as a collector of die-cast cars and Hot Wheels. He loved to shop for novelties and unique food items, and could frequently be found wandering aisles looking for new food treats. He is survived by his two sons, their wives, and children: Brian and Monica, Hailey, Nicole, and Patrick of Victorville; Brent, Keri, and children of Henderson, Nevada. His passing precedes that of his mother, Shirley Conner, brother Les Parr, and Aunts Dani Haley of Hesperia, and Helen Taylor of Coeur D' Alene Idaho, as well as numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. The family intends to hold a celebration of life for Rick in the near future, wherein the preferred attire will be NASCAR wear, Hawaiian shirts, flip flops or casual clothing. Kern Hesperia Mortuary assisted the family with arrangements.
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Published in the Daily Press from Jan. 13 to Jan. 14, 2013