Michael U. Parrish

Nov. 13, 1945 ~ Feb. 8, 2013
Michael Parrish, 67, passed away in Los Angeles after a brief illness. A longtime resident of Los Angeles, Michael was an adjunct lecturer teaching nonfiction writing for the Annenberg School of Journalism at the University of Southern California. In addition, Michael was a licensed private investigator, a career he turned to after working in journalism.
Michael grew up in Kaysville and graduated from Davis High School. His career in journalism began after graduation from Reed College in 1970 with an internship with I.F. Stone's Weekly in Washington, D.C. From there, he worked at San Francisco Magazine and later as editor of Francis Ford Coppola's City magazine. In Los Angeles he worked as a freelance writer and published several features. One of his favorite regular columns was "Ask Jake" for Glamour magazine.
When Michael joined the Los Angeles Times, he worked as an editor and writer and was founder of the Los Angeles Times Magazine. Michael then became a staff writer for the Business Section, covering the Exxon Valdez crisis and, after the Gulf War, the Kuwait oil fires. He was the author of "For the People: Inside the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office."
Michael had a longstanding tie to Niger, having served as a Peace Corp volunteer from 1966 to 1968. While in the Peace Corps, Michael helped build wells in desert villages. Michael returned to Niger to do a major feature for Life Magazine in 1985, and returned again in 2008 with his fellow Peace Corps volunteers for a documentary.
Michael is survived by his wife, Judie Lewellen, and daughter, Suzie Lewellen. In addition he is survived by his mother, Lona Parrish, and his sisters, Mrs. Wayne (Pat) Lee, Ginny Parrish and Mrs. Jim (Dorothy) Mills. His father, LaMar Parrish, is deceased.
He will be interred in the cemetery in Kaysville, UT and remembered in a private gathering.


Published in Salt Lake Tribune from Mar. 3 to Mar. 4, 2013