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Torrance Read Parker


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Torrance Read Parker Obituary
July 4, 1928 - March 27, 2017 On March 27, 2017, Torrance Read Parker left his earthly home to move on to his next adventure. If ever there was a man born with adventure in his heart, Torrance was that man. At 16, he left the Oklahoma plains beginning his first adventure into the seas to become a hardhat diver on a sponge boat out of Tarpon Springs, FL. When he dove into his beloved ocean you could say he never looked back. A boy who became a man while learning his trade also served his country as a diving instructor in the US Army. He then moved to San Pedro, CA, where he built one of the most successful commercial diving companies, Parker Diving Service. After selling Parker Diving Service in 1985, Torrance wrote his first book "20,000 Jobs Under The Sea," to keep the memories of Southern California divers and their great works alive. With his heart ever full of adventure, Torrance wrote his second book "20,000 Divers Under The Sea," a history about the sponge trades, the pioneering era of deep diving, revealing the culture of the brave Greek spongers. Torrance's greatest legacy is "Love of Family." He is survived by his daughters Kimberly Parker Engh, CynDy Parker Parsons, Melissa Ann Parker, and Dulce Parker Harris; grandchildren Read Parker, Monet Rivera, Will Parker, Colin Lenkeit, Lyle Lenkeit, Jillian Gorges, Thomas Harris, Emily Harris, and Elizabeth Harris; great-grandchildren Addison Parker, Eleanor Parker, Isabella Rivera, Valentina Rivera, Logan Shellenbaum, Presleigh Gorges and Taylor Parker. Torrance was preceded in death by his loving wife of 60 years, Tina, and sons Terry and Timmy. Services will be held May 6, 2017, 10 a.m. at the Historic St. Peter's Church, Green Hills Memorial Park, San Pedro, CA. Interment to follow. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Los Angeles Maritime Museum in remembrance of Torrance Parker would be very appreciated.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Apr. 7 to Apr. 9, 2017
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