Mathew Marcalee Parrish, 72, resigned this Life for Hope Everlasting on April 24, 2014, at Halifax Health Hospice Care Center in Orange City, FL. Born in 1941, to his parents William M. Parrish and Sylon O. Clark Parrish at the home of his grandmother Linnie Rainey Clark in DeLand; He served his country in the U.S. Army as a diesel mechanic and MP stationed in Germany. He retired from Walt Disney World in 2002 where he worked as a machinist and millwright. He loved mechanics, and in his spare time he enjoyed working on all types of farm equipment, especially tractors. Mathew "Mark" Parrish loved picking guitar, and singing songs he learned from his father while growing up in Lake Butler, and most of all the company of family and friends. Mr. Parrish is preceded in death by his parents, his wife of 37 years Mary Dawn Bozman Parrish, his sister Odessa and his brother Frank. He leaves behind to cherish his memory sons, William R. Parrish of Deltona, Marcalee D. Parrish with his wife Amanda of Lake Helen, John K. Parrish of DeLand, daughter Tammy E. Parrish of North Carolina and his sisters, Sue Wallace of Georgia, Cathy Faglie and Molly Champagne of Florida, as well as many nieces and nephews. The family will welcome friends and relatives from 6:00 until 8:00 pm on Wednesday, April 30th at the Lankford Funeral Home in DeLand. Graveside services will be given at DeLand Memorial Gardens on Thursday, May 1st at 11:30 a.m. where Mr. Parrish will be laid to rest next to his beloved wife. A celebration of life will continue at Hopkins Hall in Lake Helen immediately following the graveside service. You are invited to share your memories with the family at www.lankfordfuneralhome.com.
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Published in Daytona Beach News-Journal on Apr. 27, 2014