Glenn (Pappy) Harry Parrott was born April 29, 1926 in Benton, Illinois. His family moved to Midland in 1927 when he was less than one year old. Glenn attended Midland Public Schools and graduated from Midland High School in 1943. After graduating he joined the United States Marines. He was a member of the 2nd Marine Division in World War II. He served in Hawaii, Sipan, and the Pacific invasion of Okinawa. After Okinawa he returned to Sipan. His unit was preparing for the invasion of Japan until the Atom Bomb was used in Nagasaki and Hiroshima, Japan in September of 1945. His unit was sent to Nagasaki in September of 1945 where Glenn witnessed the destruction of both cities. He was stationed in Japan before returning to the United States and being discharged in August of 1946. Glenn attended Texas Tech University and was a member of the Texas Tech Rodeo Team in 1946-1947. He also attended Sul Ross University. In 1949 Glenn joined the United States Army. They were the first US forces to enter Korea in the police action. Corporal Glenn H. Parrott of the 21st Infantry Regiment, 24th Infantry Division was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for heroic achievement on August 19, 1950. Glenn accompanied his squad on a reconnaissance mission where they were met with heavy enemy automatic fire. Glenn's jeep gas tank exploded and Glenn leapt from the jeep and opened gunfire on the enemy covering the other jeep while his squad loaded into the vehicle. He was wounded in the back but continued firing on the enemy. Glenn Parrott was a recipient of two purple hearts for his service in Korea. He was sent home after his second injury and discharged from the Army in 1952. In May of 1952, Glenn married Ala Jo Oliver. They adopted two children, a daughter, Patti and then a son, Bill. Glenn joined the U.S. Border Patrol and was stationed in Presidio and Marfa, Texas. After his retirement he moved to Amarillo and owned and operated a private detective agency. He then became a U.S. Deputy Marshall in the Federal Court in Amarillo. After retiring from the Marshall Services he returned to live in Midland, which he considered his hometown. Glenn was a Master Mason of the Ft. Hancock Lodge #1297. He was very active in Alcoholics Anonymous in Amarillo and Midland. He was a well known speaker in the organization and spoke at many meetings and conferences. He was past president of the Senior Citizens of Midland. Glenn was a member of First Christian Church of Midland. Glenn was preceded in death by his parents William Pearl Parrott and Lulu Johnson Parrott, two brothers, Donald Parrott and Ralph Parrott and one sister, Charline Parrott Ener. He is survived by his companion, Mae Dawson of Midland, his daughter Patti Wertman of Waterville, Minnesota, his son, Bill Parrott of Marfa, Texas and his grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister, Jill Holder of Midland, his nephew, Fred Parrott of Ft. Davis, Texas, nieces Bonnie Miller of Midland, Lee Ann Holland of Oak Park, California, and Donna Steimel of Monrovia, Indiana. He will be missed by all who knew him now that he has gone to his true home with the Lord. Visitation will be held Saturday, June 22, 2013 between the hours of 1:00pm and 2:30pm at Ellis. Service will be Saturday as well at 2:30 in the Chapel at Ellis Funeral Home. Online condolences may be offered at www.ellisfunerals.com.
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Published in Midland Reporter-Telegram on June 21, 2013