A loving husband, father, grandfather, son, and brother passed away peacefully Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at the age of 65. It was a cold winter day but he was surrounded by the love and warmth of his family. Tom graduated from Glen Oaks High School in 1966 and then served his country in the US Air Force for four years. He worked with his father as a master carpenter. Tom retired from Exxon Mobil after 26 years as a machinist. While at Exxon Mobil, he was the United Way Representative for Zone 15 for many years. He joined the Loyal Order of Moose in 1996 and later served the Bayou Moose Legion 116 in many capacities including administrator of Baton Rouge lodge 1341 and Bayou Moose Legion President. Tom was an avid crossword and Sudoku solver. Tom enjoyed going to Nascar races in Talladega and snow derby in Pensacola and his favorite driver Tony Stewart. Tom loved celebrating Mardi Gras with his Nemesis Riders and was known for telling his ""Tom"" jokes. He always wanted to join the procrastinator club but never got around to it. Visitation will be held at Greenoaks Funeral Home 9595 Florida Blvd. on Thursday, January 9, 2014, from 4 PM until 8 PM and will resume Friday, January 10, 2014, from 12 PM until funeral service at 2 PM. Interment will follow in Greenoaks Memorial Park. Tom is survived by his loving wife, Diane Tridico Parker; mother, Maurine Parker; two daughters, Tracy O'Neal and spouse, Robert E. O'Neal Jr, and Bridget Parker and spouse, Kris Meliet; one son, Thomas ""Pat"" Parker and spouse, Opal Howell; one step daughter, Amy Sarradet; two sisters, Linda McDaniel and husband, Brent, and Judith Hammond and husband, Steven; two brothers, Warren Parker and wife, Kay, and Paul Parker and wife, Terry; seven grandchildren, Tori O'Neal, Kaysea O'Neal, Dillon Howell, Emily Meliet, Kailee Howell, Shyane Howell, and Briton Meliet; and large extended family and special friends. He will be missed by his special pet, Pup. He is preceded in death by his father, Thomas J. Parker. The family would like to thank their caregiver, Janet McManus, Dr. McCanless, Dr. Russell, and all of the nurses at the chemo lab in the Baton Rouge General Bluebonnet for all of the love, compassion, and support that they have shown. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made in Tom's name to
. Please visit www.greenoaksfunerals.com to leave condolences for the family.
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Published in TheAdvocate.com from Jan. 8 to Jan. 10, 2014