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Donald R. Parker


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Parker, Donald R.



Donald R. Parker of Albuquerque passed away on Sunday, April 17, 2016 at the age of 85. He will be remembered by friends for his years of volunteering at the Rio Grande Nature Center State Park and New Mexico Museum of Natural History after retiring from Sandia National Labratories in 1993.

He is survived by Joyce (Sharp), his wife of 36 years; brother James W. Parker of Lake Chelan, WA; children Joseph of Bainbridge Island, WA, Scott of Albuquerque, Diana of Phoenix, AZ; and Joyce's children Kim Livingston and Christopher Cummings, both of Albuquerque; as well as five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents Joseph W. and Ora C. Parker, sister Patricia Green, and step daughter Debi. Also preceding his passing was first wife Janet R. (Dennis) Parker.

Don was born in October 25, 1930 in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. His family lived through the Depression in Western Montana before settling at the Hanford Project in Washington state for the years of WW II. He served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War at the School of Aviation Medicine. After service, he graduated as a Public Health Engineer from the University of Washington in 1956 and completed a Masters Degree in Public Heath at the University of Michigan in 1963 before relocating to Sandia National Laboratories as an Industrial Toxicologist. He retired from Sandia in 1993 after achieving titles of Division Supervisor and Senior Engineer.

Don is also survived by close friends from his career and volunteer work with whom he shared curiosity and interest in learning, teaching, and knowledge of the natural world.

Memorial donations may be made to the Friends of the Rio Grande Nature Center or the New Mexico Museum of Natural History Foundation. A memorial service is being planned.
Published in Albuquerque Journal from Apr. 24 to Apr. 25, 2016
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