PARKER, David Allen March 16, 1923 - June 26, 2012 David, age 89, passed away peacefully at home in Penn Valley, California to join the love of his life, his wife, Gay Parker, who preceded his passing in 1996. Born in Los Angeles on March 16, 1923 to Russell and Emma Parker of Port Huron, Michigan, David was an 11th generation American with heritage dating back to 1632 in Ipswich, Massachusetts. A scholar throughout his formal education, David graduated from John Marshall High School in Los Angeles, CA in 1941, and went on to obtain his B.S. and LL.M. degrees from the University of Southern California, graduating Phi Beta Kappa. David married Gabrielle (Gay) Ward Horton in Los Angeles, CA on April 28, 1956. For more than 50 years David practiced law, first working as an attorney in the Wilmington, CA shipyards and then practicing privately before working full-time for his brother's company, Mole-Richardson Company. David was an avid cyclist, outdoorsman, and bird enthusiast. One of David's dreams was to develop and operate a small farm, which he did when living in Palisade, CO and then Santa Ynez, CA. David was fortunate to have had the ability to continue his legal career from his farm office. David and Gay eventually moved to Hope Ranch in Santa Barbara, CA where they lived with their golden retrievers and horses. David's family and friends will always admire him for his intelligence, wisdom, wit, common sense, fairness, strength, adaptability, and great sense of humor. He was an extraordinary person and a wonderful son, brother, husband, father, grandfather, friend and neighbor. He will be missed dearly by all who knew him. David is survived by his brother, Warren K. Parker (Sherman Oaks) and his children, Joseph Parker, David (Caryn) Parker, Amy Parker, Chris (Lori) Parker, and four grandchildren, Cody, Emi, Will, and Brie. The family will have a private memorial service in Santa Barbara, CA (September 2012). In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in memory of David to the National Audubon Society or the Santa Barbara Audubon Society.
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Published in the Los Angeles Times on July 22, 2012