Daniel Eric Parker, 57, passed away Friday morning, July 27, 2012, surrounded by loving family. It was fitting that his final days were spent side-by-side with his wife, Jana, and his three daughters, Janet, Mallory, and McKenna. Dan wanted nothing more than to be defined by his family. In Jana, he had the partner and friend he needed to raise the three daughters who brought him so much joy and pride.
Dan really couldn’t understand how anyone could walk by any of his three daughters without stopping to admire them. Among his proudest moments were watching Janet walk across the stage to receive her college diploma, walking Mallory down the aisle, being the first to pick McKenna out of the 270-person marching band, and sharing his 20th wedding anniversary at a surprise party with family and friends.
Dan was a teacher, mentor and friend to many, including his nephews and nieces. Lessons in life for that group began at a young age with his patented “physics lessons” at family gatherings, and stretched into adulthood through personal parables and jokes over golf, cards, or a simple lunch.
His humor, wit and sense of timing gave him a unique ability to relate to people of all backgrounds. An avid student of history, politics and religion, he enjoyed every opportunity to enter into spirited conversation and debate with open-minded people. He had an insatiable competitive spirit best seen at a card table or on a golf course. His biting humor never left him, whether he was gloating over a win or desperately downplaying an unforeseen loss.
His love of family, which he extended to include his many friends, was exemplified by the stream of visitors and caregivers who never left his side in the hours, days and months following his diagnosis.
He is survived by his wife Jana; his daughter Janet Parker and grandson Ashton of Miami, Oklahoma; his daughter Mallory and Dane Montgomery of Lee’s Summit; daughter McKenna of the home; brother Gil and Mary Parker of Independence; sister Allison and Gary Bagley of Blue Springs; nephews Jonathan, Tim, Nick and Brian Parker; and nieces Katy and Erica Parker, and Ashley and Rachel Hawkins. He was preceded in death by his parents Harris and Hazel Parker and his brother Fred Parker.
His final days were spent in peace at Kansas City Hospice House. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to this facility – http://www.kansascityhospice.org/HospiceHouse-HHOverview/.
Visitation will be from 7 pm to 9 pm on Saturday, August 4 at First United Methodist Church in Blue Springs, MO. A Celebration of Life service will be held at 2 pm on Sunday, August 5, also at the church. For more insight into the journey Dan and his family have travelled for the past 7 months, please visit
http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/danparker/guestbook and feel free to leave a message in the guest book.