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Parker Brooke Kemp


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Parker Brooke Kemp Obituary
Parker Brooke Kemp

October 20, 1927 – February 6, 2016

Parker Brooke Kemp passed away peacefully at sunset this past Saturday, after living a long, full life. Although he was ill the last few years, his kindness, gentleness, warmth and smile were still evident for all to see.
Parker was born in Hollywood, California, and raised in Hermosa Beach, where he met the love of his life and future wife, Margaret May Hastings of Redondo Beach. They went to Redondo Union High School (RUHS) together, where their courtship started and lasted through sixty years of marriage, only ending when she passed away in 2009.
After graduating with the RUHS 'World War II Class' of 1945, Parker briefly served in the United States Navy and entered Southern Methodist University for a short time after flight training in Texas was suspended as the war ended.
Both he and Margaret then attended the University of California, Berkeley, where Parker earned his Bachelor of Science Degree. Out of college, Parker worked for Mobil Oil Company for a few years as a roustabout and drilling foreman in various Southern California Oilfields; then the family relocated to Long Beach, where Parker worked the bulk of his career with the City of Long Beach Department of Oil Properties as a senior petroleum engineer. Including that time and beyond, Parker was active with the Long Beach Petroleum Club serving on the Board of Directors and as President for a term, positions he highly cherished — with associates and friends he highly cherished!
Parker and Margaret were members of All Saints Episcopal in Long Beach followed by St. Cross by the Sea Episcopal Church in Hermosa Beach. It is an understatement to say that they enjoyed traveling the world on various adventures, usually cruising with close relatives and friends.
Parker is survived by his three children, Kelly, Crystal and Kerry, seven grandchildren, and a growing list of great-grandchildren, the first of whom is named Parker.
A celebration of life and memorial services will be held 11 a.m. on Saturday, February 13, 2016, at St. Cross Episcopal Church in Hermosa Beach, where Parker will be laid to rest adjacent to his dear Margaret in the Church's Columbarium. Please sign the guestbook at www.dailybreeze.com/obits.
Published in Daily Breeze from Feb. 10 to Feb. 12, 2016
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