OLEAN - Michael R. "Mickey" Parks Sr., of 2074 Hillcrest Ave., passed away unexpectedly Wednesday (Feb. 20, 2013) at this home.
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Born Oct. 14, 1950, in Olean, he was the son of Edgar and Phyllis Gayton Matta Parks Jr. In 1974, he married Anne Gilroy, who survives.
He was a 1968 graduate of Olean High School and received an associate degree from Jamestown Community College. He earned his bachelor of arts degree in organizational management from Houghton College.
Mr. Parks was first employed for 22 years at Columbia Gas, now NYSEG, and then for Independent Health. He taught at Jamestown Community College and was the assistant and head basketball coach there for many years. Mr. Parks later retired from ESI in Wellsville, where he was vice president of client services.
He was a member of the Olean Rotary Club and was on the board of directors for Genesis House and the Cattaraugus County Council on Alcohol and Substance Abuse. Mr. Parks was active in the Olean Community Theater and was an inspirational speaker for teenagers and young adults. He loved the Cleveland Browns, baking, golfing and making people laugh.
Mr. Parks enjoyed coaching basketball, football and soccer. Together, he and his wife started the MP3 on 3 Basketball Tournament and Scholarship in memory of their son, Michael Parks.
In 2003, Mr. Parks won the Greater Olean Chamber of Commerce Good News Award. In 2005, Mr. and Mrs. Parks won the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Award.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by his mother of Olean; four daughters, Kristan Parks, Bryonna Parks, Jocelyn Parks and Michelle (Vernon) Robinson, all of Olean; three sons, Chad Siago of Olean, Joshua (Tina) Dean of Kenmore and Cody Davis of Florida; several foster children; six grandchildren, Joshua, Aaliyah, Ajhani, Anayah, Gianna and Judah; two sisters, Jacquelyn (Jim) Engelhardt of Fairfax, Va. and Jennifer (Harry) Wood of Forestville, Md.; two brothers, Gary (Cindy) Parks of Olean and Steven (Tammy) Parks of Olean; his father-in-law, William (Trudy) Gilroy of Olean; his mother-in-law, Joyce Gilroy of Olean; and many nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his father, a son, Michael R. Parks, Jr. in 2000, and one sister, Stephanie Gayton.
Friends will be received at the Casey, Halwig and Hartle Funeral Home, 3128 W. State Road, on Friday from 4-8 p.m. Funeral services will be held on Saturday (Feb. 23, 2013) at 1 p.m. in St. Mary of the Angels Church, Olean. Dr. Van Gayton and the Rev. Stephen Patrick will co-officiate. Burial will be in Allegany Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Kevin Guest House, 782 Ellicott St., Buffalo, NY 14203, the Olean High School Booster Club or the Cattaraugus County Department of the Aging.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.oleanfuneralhome.com.
Published in The Olean Times Herald on Feb. 21, 2013