Donald Parker, of Mora, passed away on Tuesday, March 26, 2013 at his home. He was 79 years old.
A Private Family Memorial Service will be held.
Donald George Parker of Mora, Minnesota, passed away on Tuesday, March 26, 2013 at his home with his wife by his side. He was 79 years old.
Don was born May 31, 1933 in Duluth, MN, to Ira and Anna (Mattson) Parker. After his mother died during childbirth when he was 10, he lived in an orphanage and several foster homes until he settled with his Aunt in White Bear Lake, MN. Don was the fourth of 11 siblings. He attended high school in White Bear Lake until the age of 17. After high school he went to work at Fairway Foods in St. Paul, MN, where he met the love of his life Jan Norling. In 1953, he joined the United States Coast Guard and served his country during the Korean Conflict until he contracted a parasite and was hospitalized for almost a year. He was honorably discharged in 1956 with a medical disability.
Don and Jan were united in marriage on June 30, 1956. To this union six daughters were born.
They lived in St. Cloud, MN, while he attended college. Then they moved to Tulsa, Oklahoma, where he attended Aeronautics school and he took classes for airplane instrument mechanics. From there, they moved to Anchorage, Alaska, where their first two daughters were born. In 1964, they moved to White Bear Lake, MN where they had their next four daughters. They lived there for 17 years where he started his own masonry business called Rite-Way Construction. In 1979, they made their last move to Mora, MN, where he continued to work as a masonry contractor for another 18 years. He retired in 1995 but remained active on many other projects.
His interests and some of the things he really enjoyed doing included reading and studying his precious Bible, bowling, horse-shoes, competitive weight-lifting, tug-a-war, deer hunting, wood carving, playing outside on his “toys” and then of course his passion for shopping for great “deals”.
His greatest passion in life was to spend time with his wife, daughters and grandchildren. He enjoyed all the birthday parties and holiday get togethers with his family. He was excited for the upcoming Easter celebration with his precious family.
Don was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. He will be truly missed by all who knew and loved him.
He was preceded by his parents – Ira and Anna (Mattson) Parker; brothers – Dick, John and Paul; sisters – Mary, Dorothy, Virginia, Shirley, Jean.
He is survived by his wife – Jan Parker of Mora, MN; daughters – Diana (Steve) Orr of Mora, MN; Lana (Rick) Sheforgen of St. Francis, MN; Lynelle Parker (Randy Bathurst) of Mora, MN; Liza Parker (Tim Munro) of Mora, MN; Corinne (Mike) Sjoberg of Mora, MN; Sarah (Anthony) Brandt of Ramsey, MN; grandchildren – Jessica (Casey) Hallin of Oakdale, MN; Eric, Emma, Izac and Amme Sheforgen of St. Francis, MN; Keri Parker, Abby and Jami Crowell of Mora, MN; Tony and Noah Parker-Munro of Mora, MN; Jana Savage (Cody Garmaker) of Braham, MN; and Logan Sjoberg of Mora, MN; Josie and Mackenzie Parker and Kelsey and Aubrey Brandt of Ramsey, MN; great grandchildren – 3 great-grandsons, Caden, Chace and Gavin Hallin of Oakdale, MN brother – James (Susanna) Parker of Woodruff, Wisconsin; sister – Phyllis (Dale) Heldsteb of Gilbert, Arizona; many nieces, nephews and friends.