Clyde A. Parker

Wednesday , October 12, 2016 - 10:00 PM1 comment

March 17, 1927 ~ October 9, 2016

Clyde A. Parker, age 89, our loving father, brother, grandfather, great-grandfather, uncle and mentor passed away peacefully on October 9, 2016 in Ogden, Utah.

Dad was born March 17, 1927 in Ogden, Utah to Thomas Parker Jr. and Hendrika Van Braak Parker.

At a church dance in 1946, across the ballroom, Dad noticed a beautiful girl in a white taffeta dress. He knew something was very special about her and he had to get to know her. He later married that beautiful girl in the white taffeta dress, Ilene Kendell, and they were sealed in the Logan Utah Temple on December 27th, 1950.

Dad was born in Ogden, Utah attending local schools, graduating from Ogden High School class of 1945 where he excelled in academia, debate, drama, football and basketball. Directly after graduation, Dad joined the Navy, discharged honorably in 1946. Served two year LDS mission to the Central Atlantic States where his testimony for the gospel grew and life-long relationships formed amid the experiences of sharing the gospel with the people of the Appalachians.

As a brilliant student, Dad began his long and storied career as an educator and counselor. Receiving Associate Degree, Weber College 1948; Bachelor of Science, Secondary Education Mathematics; Master of Science in Counseling Guidance from Brigham Young University 1952; Ph.D Educational Psychology, University of Minnesota 1957. Served as Associate Professor at BYU; Professor, Fulbright Lecturer, Department Chair, Educational Psychologist, University of Minnesota, 1965-1983; Adjunct Professor, University of Utah, 1983-2000. Clinical Psychologist, Director, McKay-Dee Hospital, Center for Counseling and Therapeutic Services, 1981-1991. Member: American Psychological Association, American Personnel & Guidance Association. Senior Scholar; American College Personnel Association. President, Association of Mormon Counselors and Psychotherapists 1986-89; Whos Who in America, Education, Midwest & West.

Dad was a true renaissance man. He was an accomplished photographer using his camera as an artist's brush, reflecting the human side of this world, but with incredible creativity, capturing nature's beauty from Nova Scotia to the Red Rock country of Southern Utah. An author of numerous books and publications, his intellect drove his peers to think outside the box and to challenge themselves. He had a passion for the outdoors. Fishing, Canoeing, camping, skiing, hiking, (all into his 80s!) but most all-consuming was golf. He could be found on the links with his co-workers, friends, family and strangers almost any day of the week. He had five recorded holes-in-one! He and Mom loved to travel, visiting numerous countries throughout the world in their lifetime. Experiencing every different culture, they could. He was a father, grandfather, counselor, friend and mentor to family, friends, peers, students and patients. His love and commitment for his family knew no bounds. Dad put everyone else in front, before himself, always asking what can I do for you? His optimistic, clear, intelligent, caring and unbiased personality drew people of all cultures and walks of life to him.

After the death of our lovely mother, his ability to recognize that life was a gift enabled him to foster a wonderful and loving relationship when he met and married Margaret Jost bringing together her family with ours, developing new, loving relationships. A devoted lifelong member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, serving in the Sunday School, in the Young Men, on the High Council, Bishops councilor, temple worker, Dad was instrumental in initiating and directing a counseling clinic as a resource for bishops. Dad was also called to help in the rebuild inner city Ogden program, beautifying his beloved home town.

Dad, our hearts break to see you go, but know that you have reunited with Mom and all the loved ones that have preceded you. He challenged all around him to be more giving, more forgiving and recognize the good in everyone.

Dad is preceded in death by his parents, four sisters, two brothers, his eternal companion, Ilene, caring second wife, Margaret.

Dad is survived by his sister Lucille (Clarence) Butler, brothers-in-law, Blaine Kendell, Jay Kendell, Julian Geiger his four children: Tom of North Ogden; Greg (Jessica) of West Valley City; Cami (Ric) of South Ogden; Lisa of Salt Lake City; 14 grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the LDS Perpetual Education Fund or a charity of your choice.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, October 15, 2016 at Malans Peak Ward, 1643 26th Street, Ogden. Viewings will be held on Friday, October 14, 2016 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. and prior to services from 9:30 to 10:40 a.m. at the church.

Interment, Uintah Cemetery.

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