Monday, September 17, 2018

Another MIneral King Pioneer Lost

James N. Parks
1932 - 2018
James Norman Parks (WMK Cabin #6) passed away peacefully, Sept 4th in Visalia, CA. surrounded by his Family.
Jim was born, Sept 28th, 1932 in Long Beach, CA. to James L and Virginia K. Parks. The family moved to Visalia, CA. in 1936.
Jim Graduated from Visalia High in 1950, College of the Sequoias in 1952 and Humboldt State University in 1955. He earned his master's degree from Fresno State University in 1960.
While attending Humboldt State Jim met the love of his life, Suzanne K. Watkins. They were married in Eureka, CA. the following year. Together they had 3 children, Terri, Suzie and Jimmy.
Jim started teaching in 1955 and for the next 40+ years had a positive influence on countless young students and teachers that he had the privilege to either, teach or serve as principal for.
Jim and Sue spent most of their lives in Hanford CA. where they raised their 3 children. After retirement in 2004 they relocated to Los Osos. After Sue's passing in 2014 Jim continued to call Los Osos home until moving back to Visalia in 2018 to be closer to his family.
Throughout his life Jim's contagious smile, gift for telling stories about his adventures and hobbies had a significant positive impact on others' lives. Jim loved his Family, traveling, outdoor activities and antiques.
Jim is survived by his 3 children, Terri Fishbough (Bill), Suzie Azevedo (Mike) and Jim Parks (Marcy). He is also survived by his Sister, Virginia Hopper (of Silver City), 15 Grandchildren, 22 Great Grandchildren and numerous Cousins, Nieces and Nephews.
A celebration of Jim's life will be held Sat. Sept 29th at noon in Hanford, CA. at the Sierra Pacific High School cafeteria, 1259 13th Avenue Hanford, CA. 93230
In lieu of flowers a donation in Jim's name can be made to the Mineral King Preservation society (P.O. Box 286 Exeter, CA. 93221). A place very near and dear to his heart.
He will be missed dearly.
Published in Tulare Advance-Register & Visalia Times-Delta on Sept. 15, 2018

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