Dr. Pierce Dow Parker
1927 - 2020
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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

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Published in Colorado Community Media on Dec. 19, 2020.
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December 22, 2020
I got to know Peirce the last few years at the Parker Breakfast Club. We became fast friends, and I enjoyed our time together at the breakfasts and our time spent driving to and from and on an occasional errand, helping around his house. I enjoyed his prospective and knowledge of matters political and otherwise. He gave a presentation on diamond mining once and I swear we were all to out prospecting after that. God Bless You Pierce!
Brian O'Malley
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