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Melvin "Mel" Glen Parker

Died: Tue., Sep. 24, 2013

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STEVENSVILLE - Melvin "Mel" Glen Parker, 82, of Stevensville, passed away on Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013, at St. Patrick Hospital in Missoula.

He was born Jan. 8, 1931, in Oso, Wash., to Glen and Bertha Parker. He grew up on a dairy farm in Oso and attended Arlington schools, graduating as a salutatorian. Shortly after high school, Mel enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps. He was stationed in Korea in 1950 and fought in the battle at the Chosen Reservoir as a tank gunner. Mel served from 1949 to 1953, but all his life he was first and foremost a Marine.

On Oct. 6, 1951, he married the love of his life, Noel DarcAC.. They were married for 62 years. He attended the University of Washington on the G.I. Bill, graduating with a teaching degree. He taught science and chemistry in the Snohomish School District from 1961 until 1983.

In 1989, Mel and Noel moved to Stevensville. They became involved in the Missoula Farmers Market where Mel was market master for 20 years.

He is survived by his wife, Noel Parker; son Daniel (Kris) Parker; daughters, Janet Colleen, Melissa (Mark) and Laurie; sister Thelma Erickson; 10 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren.

Private graveside services will be held at 3 p.m. Friday, Sept. 27 at the Sunnyside Cemetery in Stevensville.

In lieu of flowers, please take the time to honor a veteran. That would make Mel very happy. "Semper Fi Mel! You served your country well!

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Sherry Weatherby
   Posted Thu September 26, 2013
So sorry to hear of your loss. A lot of good memories from the good ole days at Snohomish High just came flooding back. There are many successful former students who were given a great foundation in Mel's classes. May he rest in peace.

   Posted Thu September 26, 2013
I am so very sorry. Melvin was one of my favorite patients. He had the same first name of my own father. Hold on tight to your many happy memories. They are what keeps us going. My sincere sympathy. May he rest in peace. Hugs, Joyce Hickethier R.N. Coumadin Clinic

Linda Smorowski
   Posted Thu September 26, 2013
My thoughts and prayers are with you, Noel, and your family. I am so thankful that I had the opportunity to know Mel. He was such a wonderful person. Always made my day to see you both.
With Love, Linda

Nancy Olson Pirone
   Posted Thu September 26, 2013
Mr. Parker was such a nice man and a great teacher!!! I had him for Chemistry and Physics, and he made the subjects make sense!!! My thoughts and prayers are with all the family as they suffer this great loss...

Darrell Draper
   Posted Thu September 26, 2013
Sad to hear of your passing Mr. Parker. You were the best science teacher, I learned a lot and had so much fun in your classes. Wish I would have known you better, but what I learned in your class will always be with me. Rest in Peace Mr. Parker.

helen moore
   Posted Thu September 26, 2013
noel elmer and i are sorry for your loss. mel was the joyofthe farmmer market when he didit. there will never be any one who could ever fill his shoes for that spot.you are our prayers.take care.we will never forget you two special poeple. god bless you Helen and Elmer Moore

George Nowadnick
   Posted Fri September 27, 2013
I know that Mel leaves us, his fellow workers and friends, with many fond memories. He was an inspiration to us at Snohomish High School. Our thoughts are with Noel and the family at this time.

Sincerely, George and Phyllis Nowadnick


Robin Perkins Martin
   Posted Fri September 27, 2013
Mr. Parker was one of my favorite teachers in Jr. High and High School. He made the classes so much fun. He had a great sense of humor. I will always remember him. RIP Mr. Parker, you were one of the greats.
Robin Martin, Class of 73 SHS

Kathy Lewis Adams
   Posted Sun September 29, 2013
To Danny and Family--all my love to you all in this difficult time. Mr Parker was the best teacher I ever had and that includes college! He made someone who really didn't care for science love it! I took Biology, Chemistry and he talked me into taking Geology and Oceanography! I will never forget his twinkling blue eyes and fun sense of humor! Love you, Mr. Parker--you made a difference in so many students lives!

Karen Lewis Danklefsen
   Posted Sun September 29, 2013
Dear Danny, Kris, and family,

When I think about my education, I feel extremely lucky that I had Mr. Parker for a teacher in junior high and high school!!! The energy, dedication, and enthusiasm he brought into the classroom to teach higher level science classes (biology, geology, oceanography), made me strive to do my VERY BEST!!!
If only all students have a chance to have ONE teacher like Mr. Parker, the world will be a better place......

So sorry for your loss......

Karen Lewis Danklefsen

Cindy Hublou Andersen
   Posted Sun September 29, 2013
I was saddened to learn of the loss of one of my favorite high school teachers at Snohomish, Mr. Parker. He was one of a kind; brilliant, tough, kind and humorous. I learned so much in his chemistry class, and his teaching strategies were legendary. He will always stand out as one of the most memorable teachers. My heartfelt thoughts and prayers are with his family at this most difficult time. So very sorry for your loss. May he rest in eternal peace.

Dorothy Brown McBride
   Posted Mon September 30, 2013
I'm so sorry to hear of the passing of Mr. Parker. The Parkers were family friends when I was growing up and I have fond memories of spending time with the family. I enjoyed having Mr. Parker as a chemistry teacher in high school and learned so much from him. My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time.

Marion Shelton Harlan
   Posted Tue October 01, 2013
So sorry to hear about Mel. Noel, I will keep you and the family in my prayers as you all adjust to life without him here. As Cindy said, he was one of a kind, and we were blessed to know him.

Chris Gillings Fergen
   Posted Thu October 03, 2013
Janet, Dan and Parker family-Just wanted to let you know how much I respected and liked Mr. Parker. I have many fond memories of taking "Mr. Parker's bus" out to the strawberry fields to pick berries. He was strict, but he let us let loose and have a little fun too. So sorry for your loss.

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