Don Parrish, a resident of Grace Health Care at 2305 Blake Ave. in Glenwood Springs, passed away peacefully at home with his wife on the evening of March 26, as a result of complications due to advanced Parkinson’s disease.
Mr. Parrish was born in Clanton, Ala., to Joseph and Vera Williams Parrish. He met and married his high school sweetheart, Fay Partin, at Pickwick Dam, Tenn.
He received his BSEE from UT Knoxville in 1948, and was a biophysics researcher at Oak Ridge for 11 years. At that time, he began following the space program and moved his family to Cocoa Beach, Fla., near Cape Canaveral, then Orlando.
At that point in his career, he worked for Grumman Aerospace out of Long Island, N.Y., and served at NASA in Houston working on the Lunar Module, the vehicle that carried the astronauts to the first moonwalk on Apollo 11. Mr. Parrish returned to Long Island for Grumman to work on the F14 and EA6B. This was an exciting time in aerospace and flight in general, and working for Grumman was the highlight of his career. Returning to Alabama to care for his aging parents, Mr. Parrish continued engineering work until retirement.
Mr. and Mrs. Parrish moved to Glenwood Springs four years ago to be near their daughter and son-in-law Donna and Bernie Mysior of Snowmass Village and Boulder. Other family nearby include grandson and great-grandson Bruce and Vincent Johnson of Snowmass Village and granddaughter Natalie Mysior of Boulder.
Mr. Parrish is also survived by a son, Richard; daughter-in-law Flavia, granddaughters Angela, Lauren, Stephanie and Gigi; and numerous great-grandchildren.
Mr. Parrish was preceded in death by his older brother Joseph Raymond Parrish and his son Steven Lee Parrish.
He enjoyed music, gardening, fishing, digging clams and carpentry.
A visitation will take place at the Farnum-Holt Funeral Home on Wednesday, April 2, from 5-7 p.m. Funeral services will be Thursday, April 3, at the Farnum-Holt Funeral Home at 2 p.m., with burial following at Rosebud Cemetery in Glenwood Springs. Pastor Douglas E. Darnold of First Presbyterian Church will preside.
In lieu of flowers, family is requesting donations to the Davis Phinney Parkinson’s Foundation, Michael J. Fox Parkinson’s Research Foundation, or a Parkinson’s organization of your choice.
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