Dr. Pierce Dow Parker was born on September 26, 1927 in Portland, Oregon and passed away on December 12, 2020 in Parker, Colorado. Dr. Parker served in the military as a Lieutenant/Captain in the U.S. Air Force Security Service and prior to that as an Aviation Cadet/Ensign in the U.S. Naval Corp. He met his wife, Lucille Rosalyn (Clausen) Parker while serving in the military. He was predeceased by his wife.
Dr. Parker received a B.S in geological engineering and mining engineering at Montana Tech and went on to receive an M.S. and Ph.D. in Geology from the University of Wisconsin receiving high honors as Magna cum Laude for both degrees. He specialized in mineral economics. Dr. Parker was president of Amax Exploration, Inc. before leaving to become president for his consulting firm, Pierce Enterprises. Dr. Parker also published a number of significant technical publications as well as widely lecturing to professional audiences.
Dr. Parker enjoyed his family, tennis, golf, and continuing to learn and educate himself. He and his family travelled extensively throughout his professional career. Dr, Parker never truly retired.
He is survived by two daughters, Dr. Jan Parker Smart and Nancy Ann Cooper of
Published in Colorado Community Media on Dec. 19, 2020.