William Parker Jr.

Thursday , March 06, 2014 - 12:04 PM


William S. “Bill” Parker Jr. of Ogden will celebrate his 90th birthday at a dinner with his family at the Maddox Ranch House Restaurant on June 14. Family and friends may attend an open house in his honor from 1 to 3 p.m. on June 15 at his home, 1143 E. 5675 South, South Ogden.

He was born at home in Ogden on June 14, 1923, the son of William S. Parker Sr. and Della E. Burton. He attended Ogden High School and served in the Army during World War II. He was assigned overseas to the 988th Signal Service Battalion Aid Station in China, Burma and India. He received a disability discharge in April 1946.

He married Velma Gunnell on March 21, 1947; their vows were later solemnized in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Logan Temple. She died on Nov. 14, 1990.

He retired after 35 years from Defense Depot Ogden on March 31, 1980.

He volunteered for the American Cancer Society and the Ogden Police Department before working at the Ogden office of the Utah State Adult Probation, where he retired after 12 years on May 15, 1992.

He later married Carol Hancey Daniel on Dec. 27, 1991; their vows were solemnized in the Washington D.C. Temple on May 1993.

He served in many positions of the LDS Church, including bishop of the Ogden 18th Ward and the South Ogden stake high council.

His children and their spouses are Kent and Marianne (deceased) Parker, Karen and Curtis Youngman, Michael and Susan Parker, and Janet Parker. He has 17 grandchildren and 33 great-grandchildren.

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