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Virgil Dean Parks
1936 - 2014
Virgil Dean Parks passed away on Saturday, July 19, 2014 at Mercy Medical Center in Redding. Virgil was born October 28, 1936 in Uvalda, Texas to Virgil and Hazel Parks.
Virgil moved to California in 1950 and went to work for Pacific Telephone AT&T in 1956 in San Francisco. Virgil transferred to Redding in 1966 and became involved with the union in 1968, Communication Workers of America (CWA) AFL/CIO. His Fellow employees elected Virg to President of the Local 9419 in 1973 and reelected him for thirteen years. He was also elected President of the Northern California/Nevada Council CWA in 1975. In addition he was elected to the Pacific Telephone Bargaining Committee. He was reelected to all of these offices until he was selected to become a member of the CWA International Staff in Seattle, Washington in 1985. After serving three years as the Area Director, Virgil was promoted to the Administrative Assistant to the Vice President, where he remained until his retirement on March 1st, 1998. He was a master negotiator and a 'word merchant'.
Upon retirement he returned to Redding to make his home. Virgil was an avid hunter and fisherman and enjoyed fishing and camping with his good friends on Shasta Lake and Hat Creek. Virgil loved cooking, gardening and wood working. He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends.
He is survived by his wife of 31 years Betty, children Toni Frederickson (Damon), Lisa Jacobs (Bill), Paula LaPlante, Lynn Stumpf (Brian) and Joe Parks. He is also survived by four grandsons, four granddaughters and one great granddaughter.
Services will be held, Friday, July 25th at 2:00 p.m. at Allen & Dahl Funeral Home Anderson.
Reception immediately following 6937 Tucker Lane, Redding.
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Allen & Dahl - Anderson - Anderson
2030 Howard Street
Anderson, CA 96007
Published in Redding Record Searchlight on July 22, 2014