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Parkin, Lafayette Sharp, 74, passed away on September 12, 2012. Lafe was born on August 26, 1938 in Thomas, Idaho. He met his sweetheart, Patricia, while in high school. After serving a mission in the U.K. for the LDS Church, Lafe married Pat in the Idaho Falls Temple in 1961 and attended the University of Utah where he earned a J.D. In 1969, Lafe and Pat moved to Southern California where he practiced law and served in many positions in their LDS ward, stake, and temple. He was loved by all he served.

Lafe lived a vibrant, full life. He sought out beauty and adventure everywhere he went, from bike rides along the coast to the High Sierras. As an avid reader, he pursued new knowledge and understanding every day. His humor and selfless compassion lightened the burdens of many around him. He loved his wife and family dearly. Lafe is survived by his wife, Pat and his children, Shaun, Natasha, Matthew, Jared, Amy, Jenilyn and Josh; his daughters-in-law, Alice, Casey and Sonja; his sons-in-law, Mark and Ryan; his 25 grandchildren; his sisters, Mary and Cynthia; and his brothers, John and Stan.

Services will be held at the Newport Beach LDS Stake Center, 2150 Bonita Canyon Rd, Newport Beach at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, September 19, 2012. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Arthritis Foundation, for whom Lafe raised money this summer.

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Published in Orange County Register on Sep. 16, 2012.
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December 13, 2012
Lafe and I served together in the British Mission in 1959. Lafe and I were companions for a short time and served together in the Liverpool District. He was an outstanding missionary. From that experience with him,I knew he would make a meaningful contribution to the church, family and community. Richard Duce,
September 22, 2012
Serving at the Newport Beach Temple is a delight - we LOVE President Parkin. I always told Kathy, "We are going to have a party with Heavenly Father" - every Saturday night. President Parkin was a part of that. Thank you Predident.
Jon & Kathy Wallin
September 21, 2012
Hey Tasha, My wife and I are very sorry about your dad's passing. We want you to know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. May God bless you! Roosevelt & Erin Richard.
Roosevelt Richard
September 18, 2012
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
Julia Edwards
September 18, 2012
We were so sorry to hear about Lafe. It is so difficult when we lose someone so loved. We know your faith and the fact that he awaits you on the other side will help your grief. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your wonderful family.
Patti & Terry Tiernan
September 17, 2012
Jared & Family
We are so sorry for your loss. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
Much Love,
Eric, Laurie, Max, Ellie, Sam, Jack and Sofie
September 17, 2012
To President Parkin's family: I am so sorry to learn of Lafe's passing. He was my late brothers personal attorney many years ago and handled my parents estate. I got to see him at the Newport Temple several times and he remembered me. He was always very kind and gracious. The Celestial Kingdom has gained a great man. My deepest sympathy to all of you.
Brad Gaston
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