David Bernard Parker, 96, a longtime Clear Lake resident and businessman, passed away at his home on Thursday, July 17, 2014.
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David was born December 14, 1917 to George and Alex (Trudeau) Parker. His pioneer family settled in the Beaver Lake Valley in 1894. His great-grandchildren are the 7th generation living in Skagit County.
He married Ruth Broe in 1940, in Arlington.
David served in the US Army during WWII in four campaigns, earning a Bronze Star while serving in France. He had attained the rank of First Lieutenant before coming home to Clear Lake.
Mr. Parker owned and operated "Parker's Serve-U", later to become the Clear Lake Market, for 50 years. He also was on the Clear Lake Volunteer Fire Department for 35 years. Parker always had a project or two going, enjoyed fishing, spending time with his friends, and cooking dinner every Sunday for his family up until he was 95 years young. The wonderful home he built on Clear Lake with its swimming dock has been an epic gathering place for family and friends. His generosity and fairness is legendary to anyone who had the pleasure to know him.
David is survived by his only daughter, Susan (Richard) Swetman and his grandson, David Thompson, and granddaughter, Anna (Todd) Wright; his great grandchildren TJ, Hailey, Parker and Abby Wright; numerous nieces and nephews; and business partner Scott (Sylvia Trask) Thompson.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Ruth and brother, Jack Parker.
A Graveside Service will be held at 1:00, Thursday, July 24, 2014, at the Clear Lake Cemetery, with military honors, followed by a reception at the Odd Fellows Hall in Clear Lake.
A time of visitation will be available from 9:00 to 5:00, Tuesday and Wednesday at Lemley Chapel, Sedro-Woolley.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Clear Lake Historical Association, Clear Lake Elementary School or the Clear Lake Fire Department. Share your memories of David and sign the online guest register at www.lemleychapel.com
1008 Third Street Sedro Woolley, WA 98284
Published in Skagit Valley Herald Publishing Company on July 20, 2014