Donald Bert Parker, 87, passed away on June 18, 2021, surrounded by loving family at his home in St. Anthony, Idaho.
Don was born August 4, 1933, in St. Anthony, Idaho to Albert B Parker and Denice Munk Parker. He was the second of 3 children and the only boy. He attended school in Portland, Oregon, when his family moved to find work, graduating from Lincoln High School in 1951. He excelled at most sports but loved baseball.
Don attended Ricks College for a year before serving a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Central Atlantic States Mission. He served in the U.S. Navy from March 1956 to December 1957, and married his sweetheart, Dalene Browning, in the Idaho Falls, Idaho LDS Temple July 23, 1958.
Don attended BYU in Provo after they married and graduated with a degree in Business Administration. Upon graduation he began work for the U.S. Forest Service and retired after 35 years of service.
Don was a lifetime member The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints where he served in many callings throughout his life including Bishop of the Wilford Ward and three church missions with Dalene: Gunnison, Utah, Martin's Cove, Wyoming and Kansas City, Kansas. They enjoyed each mission and all the people they met.
He is survived by 7 children: Brent Parker of St. Anthony, Alecia (Kevin) Greer of Perry, Utah, Joanne (Bruce) Bean of Price, Utah, Norese (Mike) Loveland of St. Anthony, Leslee (Cody) Christiansen of Rigby, Idaho, Scott (Megan) Parker of St. Anthony and Alan (Jodi) Parker of Idaho Falls, Idaho. Sisters; Sarah (Bill, deceased) Brown of Idaho Falls, Idaho and Sandra (Jerry) Browning of Rexburg, Idaho; 19 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.
He is preceded in death by his wife, Dalene, and his parents and a grandson, Chance Struhs.
A memorial service and interment was at the Wilford Cemetery under the direction of Bert Flamm Mortuary.
Published by Rexburg Standard Journal from Jun. 25 to Jun. 26, 2021.