Oscar Park was born in Gallup, New Mexico, to parents Emily and Ethelred Park, and passed away in Santa Maria, California, on November 9, 2013 at the age of 95. Oscar was predeceased by his wife of 61 years, Robbie E. Park, his subsequent close friend and companion, Dorothy West, his brother, A. M. Park, and two foster brothers, Victor and Earl Tombs. He is survived by sons Ronald of Roseville, Jon of Dinuba, and grandchildren Sharie, Michael, David and Daniel, as well as many great-grandchildren and several great, great-grandchildren. |
Oscar attended Taft High School where he played football and was on the school boxing team and ultimately fought for the "Golden Gloves." Following graduation from Taft High School in 1937, Oscar worked in the oil industry in Taft and Bakersfield. In 1939, Oscar was married to Robbie Gill, who was his high school sweetheart. During a portion of the war years, he worked in heavy equipment construction on the Alcan Highway project in Alaska followed by employment as an overhead crane operator at the Kaiser Shipyard in Richmond prior to his U. S. Army service near the end of WWII. He served in the Army where he was trained as an Infantryman and Battalion cook. He was honorably discharged from the Army at Camp Roberts, California.
After the war, Oscar operated a trucking business for a time followed by remote location construction jobs in Greenland and Oregon where he operated heavy equipment. He later continued as an operating engineer while working for his brother, A. M. Park, a major San Joaquin Valley land-leveling concern at the time.
Following the Thule Air Base, Greenland, project in 1951/52, Oscar began his own construction company specializing in land-leveling, grading, and excavation. Oscar successfully operated his business primarily in the Porterville, Strathmore, and Lindsay area of Tulare County until 1984, when he retired. Oscar and Robbie then set about traveling the country in their RV while maintaining their home in Porterville. In 1992, they relocated to Eugene, Oregon, where they lived in a gated senior residential community.
Following the passing of Robbie in 2000, Oscar and his faithful dog, Heidi, relocated to Santa Maria in 2002, and established residence in that community near friends and family. He was a lifelong member of the Elks Lodge, and his recent hobbies included golfing as a member of "The Rams," a local senior golf group where his senior status was that of "Golden Ram." His former hobbies included flying his private airplane and road trips in the RV. Shortly before Oscar's passing, he received a certificate of Special Congressional Recognition for his outstanding service to the community and to the country.
Oscar made many friends throughout his life and he had a positive influence on many. He was highly respected by his co-workers as well as those with whom he did business, and his unwavering work ethic was known to all. He took an extraordinary amount of pride in his work and never completed a project until it was absolute perfection. Oscar thought more of his work than he did of himself. His exceptional work skills and reputation were widely known and highly regarded. Oscar Park will be missed by his family and all who knew and loved him.
Private services were held
Published in The Porterville Recorder on Nov. 26, 2013