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Arn Ashleigh Parker

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Arn Ashleigh Parker, a life-long resident of Santa Cruz County, began his journey as an eighth generation Californian on May 6, 1961, and passed into his next life on Sunday, July 20, 2008, at the age of 47. He succumbed peacefully at his home of congestive heart failure due to cardiomyopathy.

Arn "Peedee" Parker attended MacQuiddy, Amesti and Bradley Elementary Schools before going on to become an Aptos Jr. High "Surfer" where he discovered Joe and Jim at Atlantis Fantasyworld and began a life-long hobby of collecting comic books and science fiction collectibles. Arn went on to Aptos High School graduating in 1979 in the top 10% of his class and it was here that he started his first Dungeons and Dragons gaming group. He went on to UCSC, cycling from La Selva Beach to campus daily, and gained a BA in Physics and became a published author as well. Although Arn had been out of the workplace for many years due to his illness he was a very successful Purchaser/Planner and enjoyed working with the many talented professionals he met through his employment at Manning Technologies, Micro-Power Systems, Lipton, Wrigley's, Sambrailo Packaging and Fmali/Good Earth Teas.

Arn leaves behind his two children whom he loved and was so proud of: his son, Alec and his daughter, Ashleigh. He gained such strength from the love of his children and felt blessed everyday he had with them. He was proud of Alec, a 2008 Aptos High School graduate and SCCAL Track & Field Varsity Discus Champion, who will be attending UCSC as a Freshman Physics Major, and Ashleigh, a Junior at Aptos High School and Softball player, whose love and support at home and at the pool, gave him the strength to meet every day's challenges. He is also survived by his wife, Judy Scovel Parker; and his family: mother, Aurora Eloisa Ardaiz Parker; sister, Ari Parker; brother, Arlen Parker; niece, Arielle; nephews, Aiden and Nick; cousins, Steven Ardaiz, Aaron, Jason & Adam Diaz; and his Aunts and Uncles, Aris and Fred Diaz, Mack and Georgia Parker, and Jerry and Jo Parker. His father, Billy Gene Parker preceded him. He also leaves behind many cousins, in-laws and friends who were such a wonderful part of his life.

A Memorial Service will be held for Arn at Mehl's Colonial Chapel in Watsonville on Monday, July 28th, at 12 noon.

Published in Santa Cruz Sentinel on July 27, 2008
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