Parker E. Tracy

December 28th, 1923August 6th, 2015

Parker Tracy went Home peacefully to be with his Savior, Jesus Christ, on August 6, 2015. His wife and daughter were at his bedside. He had been in steadily failing health for nine months but bedridden just six days.

Parker was born in Mitchell, Nebraska, the first of four sons born to Elbert and Floy Switzer Tracy. He attended public school in Bradshaw, Nebraska, and was graduated from high school in 1941. He attended Kearny State Teachers’ College for one semester before enlisting in the Army. He served three years during WWII at various locations in the States and in Okinawa. Following his military service he attended the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, and was graduated in 1950 with a B.A. in psychology.

Parker was a CLU employed in the insurance business in sales, sales training, and administration. He began his career in 1950 in the Dallas, Texas, area. He continued his career in the Denver area from 1966 until his retirement in 1990.

Parker and Jean Dobson were married in 1953 and divorced in 1975. They had two children. He married Mary Steele, October 10, 1987

Parker was a life-long learner and delighted in his varied interests and hobbies. He was a gifted watercolor artist. He was a talented potter. He earned master gardener status through the CSU Master Gardener Program. He was an award-winning African Violet grower and participated in many national conventions both as an exhibitor and judge. His other interests included cooking, travel, Bible study, crossword puzzles, reading (especially cookbooks and biographies), and following the Rockies and Broncos. He was a past member of the Boulder Potters’ Guild, a member of the African Violet Society of American, and Mt. View United Methodist Church.

Parker exhibited a gentle soul and a zest for life. He charmed everyone he met, especially his many health care providers and caregivers.

Parker was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Wayne Tracy. He is survived by his wife, Mary, of Boulder; daughter, Karen, of Idaho Springs; son, Paul (Kelle), of Ft. Worth; four grandchildren: Sarah Meggison, Joe Meggison, Jeremy Tracy, and Paul (PG) Tracy; 2 great-grandchildren, and two brothers, Myron of Franklin, NC and Lee of Baton Rouge, LA.

A celebration of Parker’s life will be held at 11:00, Saturday, August 22 at Mt. View United Methodist Church. A burial will precede the memorial service at Ft. Logan National Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers please direct memorial gifts to TRU Community Care, 2594 Trailridge Drive East, Lafayette, CO 80026 or Mt. View United Methodist Church, 355 Ponca Place, Boulder 80303.

Services

A celebration of Parker’s life will be held at 11:00, Saturday, August 22 at Mt. View United Methodist Church. A burial will precede the memorial service at Ft. Logan National Cemetery.

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