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Parks, John David 04/04/40 - 02/19/13 CHULA VISTA-- John was a 5th generation and lifelong Chula Vista resident. He hired in at Rohr Industries on April 6, 1959 as a Machine Shop Learner for $1.70 an hour. He retired Aug. 30, 1991 as Manager of Advanced Numerical Control Applications and Programming. While working at Rohr he graduated on the Dean's list in 1969 with a degree in Geology. John was well known in the community for his passion to preserve family and local history which led him to be a founding member of Chula Vista Historical Homeowners. The group advocates the Mills Act and organizes historic home tours to raise funds for historical preservation in Chula Vista. John and his wife Nancy opened their home, "The Leo Christy House" for the first tour in May 2001. John also served as President of Chula Vista Heritage Museum. Nancy and John were awarded the 2001 Historic Preservationist of the Year by the City of Chula Vista. Hard work is what made John successful. Highly skilled, he could build a house from the ground up or just as easily rebuild a race engine, enjoying every detail. He did not pretend to have all the answers but had a unique ability to listen and ask the right question, helping you think your way through any situation. His mischievous twinkle and quick humor always brought comfort in serious times. John played as hard as he worked and the outdoors was his playground. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, skiing, surfing and spending time on his boat. He had many wonderful memories with family and friends at the Colorado River, Lake Powell his property on the Pend Oreille River in northeast Washington. John loved Bonneville Speed Week and the sweet sound of powerful cars. He was always up for a road trip, often pulling the boat, exploring the West. John enjoyed international travels as well, New Zealand, France, Italy were among his favorites. John was preceded in death by grandparents, Leo and Floy Christy, parents, Gaylord and Mary Parks and sister, Nancy Zumstein. He is survived by his love, his best friend, his wife, Nancy. Children, Stephen Parks, Heidi Avery, Christine Parks and Grandchildren, Seth Avery, Morgan Sterling, Anna, Sarah and Levi Law and Great-Grand- daughters Cassidy and Cheyenne Sterling, nephews David and Bill Zumstein and a very large, beloved family in Spokane, WA. John was loved by all who came to know him. His honesty, loyalty and firm handshake will be missed by all, especially his family and lifelong friends. He was a man of principle, a man of his word and you felt it in that good strong grip. In lieu of flowers donations can be made in Johns name to The Prostate Cancer Foundation or Sharp Hospice Care San Diego.

Published in The San Diego Union Tribune on Mar. 10, 2013
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