Daniel Clay Parker, former East County Resident, died on February 8, 2013 in Vancouver. He was 68 years of age.
Daniel was born on April 28, 1944 in Portland, Oregon and was the son of Chester and Edith (Kindred) Parker. He graduated from Gresham High School in 1962 and later attended college. In 1965, he enlisted in the United States Navy and served during the Vietnam War. He received an honorable discharge in 1970 and was awarded the National Defense Service Medal and the Vietnam Service Medal.
On May 15, 1966, Daniel married Kathleen Linton at the United Methodist Church in Gresham. He started working for GTE (Verizon) in the 1970's as a Lineman in Gresham and in the 1980's he accepted a Supervisor position in Aloha. He retired from Verizon in 2002 and moved to LaPine.
He was a member of the American Legion and enjoyed hunting, fishing and playing cards with friends. He also enjoyed telling stories and jokes, playing golf and playing ball with his dog. His greatest love was spending time with his children and grandchildren.
He is survived by his wife, Kathy of LaPine, children, Tony Parker of Gresham, Michelle (husband, Ken) King of Gresham, Chet (wife, Heather) Parker of Otis and Danelle (husband, Jay) Spencer of Battleground, brother, Bob (wife, Dottie) Parke of Gresham and sisters, Bev Shaffer of St. Helens and Linda Huffer of Estacada along with 9 grandchildren, Megan Parker, John King, Austin Parker, William Parker, Katie King, Michael Parker, Lillian Parker, Kameron Spencer and Daniel Spencer.
A Celebration of Daniel's life will be on Sunday, February 17, 2013 at 1:00 pm at the Moose Lodge, 16411 NE Halsey Portland, OR 97230 . Visitation will be on Thursday, February 14, 2013 from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm at Bateman Carroll. Contributions may be made in memory of Daniel to the Peace Health Southwest Medical Center Foundation, PO Box 1600, Vancouver, WA 98668.