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Edward Carroll Parker, Jr., 1935-2018

Edward Carroll Parker, Jr., 1935-2018

Ted Parker of Evergreen and Tabernash died at Golden Pond nursing care facility in Golden on Sunday, Oct. 21, where he had been under care for dementia and Parkinson's.

The son of Edward C. and Mary Parker, Ted was born in Detroit, March 18, 1935. He attended Pomfret School in Conn., and studied at the University of Michigan. Discouraged with the engineering curriculum, Ted sailed aboard Brigantine "Yankee" (1956-1958) as one of 26 crew aboard the 7th world cruise of its captain, Commander Irving M. Johnson (USN, Ret). Upon his return, Ted started work in 1961 at the General Motors Technical Center in Warren, Mich., where he pioneered Computer Aided Design applications and helped to digitize G.M.'s UAW contract, all 200 pages of fine print.

Ted married Lynda Deming in 1965. They lived in Metamora, Mich., enjoying horses and fox-hunting. They had two sons, Charles in March of 1967 and Ned in December of 1969.

Ted joined the National Ski Patrol at various southeast Michigan resorts to pursue his love of the sport. He taught Search and Rescue, Ski Mountaineering classes as well as First Aid and CPR for the American Red Cross. In 1968 Ted and Lynda joined Lapeer Area Ambulance Service as Emergency Medical Technicians and taught state certified EMT courses in Lapeer and neighboring counties.

Following his 1990 retirement from General Motors, Ted and Lynda sent sons off to college and moved to their favorite mountains of Colorado in 1991, building a home in Tabernash on the western slope. Making the best use of the abundant snow, they both worked for four years in ski school at Winter Park Resort till Ted's knees suggested he transfer to a snowmobile to rescue tired Texans. He actively volunteered with Grand County Historical Society, therapeutic riding, St. John's Episcopal church, Rocky Mountain Repertory Theater, and trail maintenance with the High Rockies Hikers.

By 2017, Ted was suffering from advancing dementia, so they moved to Evergreen to be closer to medical services and his younger son. Only a few months later, he was admitted to the memory unit of Golden Pond care facility where he received excellent care for 13 months until his death in October of 2018.

He is survived by his wife, Lynda, son Charles (Hope) of Wyandotte, Mich., son Ned (Liesl) of Conifer, and two grandchildren.

Funeral service for Ted will be held Nov. 17 in Granby at St. John's Episcopal church at noon followed by a buffet in the church hall. There will be an evening vesper service and organ concert in Evergreen Friday Nov. 16, 5:30 at Church of the Transfiguration.

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