James N. Parks

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James N. Parks - In Loving Memory. James Norman Parks passed away peacefully, September 4, 2018, in Visalia, CA surrounded by his family. Jim was born, September 28, 1932 in Long Beach, CA to James L. and Virginia K. Parks. The family moved to Visalia, CA in 1936. Jim graduated from Visalia High in 1950, College of the Sequoias in 1952 and Humboldt State University in 1955. He earned his master's degree from Fresno State University in 1960. While attending Humboldt State, Jim met the love of his life, Suzanne K. Watkins. They were married in Eureka, CA the following year. Together they raised 3 children: Terri, Suzie and Jimmy. Jim started teaching in 1955 and for the next 40 plus years had a positive influence on countless young students and teachers he had the privilege to either, teach or serve as principal for. Jim and Sue spent most of their lives in Hanford, CA where they raised their 3 children. After retirement in 2004, they relocated to Los Osos and loved living on the Central Coast. After Sue's passing in 2014, Jim continued to call Los Osos home until moving back to Visalia in 2018 to be closer to his family. Throughout his life, Jim's contagious smile, gift for telling stories about his adventures and hobbies had a significant positive impact on others' lives. Jim loved his family, traveling, outdoor activities and antiques. Jim is survived by his 3 children: Terri Fishbough (Bill), Suzie Azevedo (Mike) and Jim Parks (Marcy); his sister, Virginia Hopper; 15 grandchildren; 22 great- grandchildren; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. A Celebration of Jim's Life will be held at 12:00 noon, Saturday, Sept 29th in Hanford, CA at the Sierra Pacific High School cafeteria, 1259 13th Avenue Hanford, CA 93230. In lieu of flowers a donation in Jim's name can be made to the Mineral King Preservation Society, P.O. Box 286, Exeter, CA 93221, an organization very near and dear to his heart. He will be missed dearly.
Published in San Luis Obispo County Tribune on Sept. 16, 2018