David W. Parker, 70
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FALMOUTH -- David W. Parker, 70, of Falmouth, died peacefully at home with his family by his side on Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014.
David was born in Portland on May 2, 1943, the son of John D. Parker and Audrey (Riley) Ridge. He was a graduate of Deering High School, class of 1961.
From the early years David was very fond of physical activities. He was on the swim team, baseball and football team as well as track and field. He excelled as a linebacker in football and played for the semi-pro Portland Seahawks in his early 20s. David still holds the Deering javelin record.
In 1967 he married Carol Lankau, began building a house and started a family, which was his greatest pride and joy. With his family he enjoyed hiking, fishing, boating, skiing, and camping in the great outdoors. For many years he officiated both high school and college football. He coached his kid's little league baseball and softball teams and officiated games as well.
For 27 years David was on the volunteer ski patrol at Pleasant Mountain. He found great joy in helping injured skiers off the mountain and cherished the friendships built on the patrol.
David was predeceased by his parents; and step father, Coleman F. Ridge. Surviving are his wife of 46 years, Carol; son Kurt W. Parker and his fiance Leesa L. Duncan of Bellingham, Wash., daughter Amy Y. Parker of Cumberland, daughter Ellen A. Beecroft, son-in-law Matthew J. Beecroft, and granddaughter Delphina Ann Beecroft of Seattle, Wash.; and his sister, Barbara (Ridge) Lalumiere, her husband Glen, and their children, Megan and Brian, all of Portland. Also surviving is a very large extended family who he enjoyed spending time with and loved dearly.
A celebration of David's life will be held at the Fireside Inn, 81 Riverside St., Portland, on Saturday, Jan. 18, from 1 to 4 p.m. www.fireside innportland.com. To offer condolences and share memories with the family, please go to www.coastalcremationservices.com.
In lieu of flowers, and in his memory, donations may be made to either animal care facility:
Maine Greyhound Placement Service
231 Old Belgrade Rd.
Augusta, Maine 04330
or Harvest Hills Animal Shelter
4389 Bridgton Rd.
Fryeburg, Maine 04037
David W. Parker
Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram on Jan. 14, 2014