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July 13, 1929 – December 8, 2015

William Franklin Parker, known to all as Bill, passed away peacefully on the morning of December 8, 2015, in Camarillo, California.
Bill was born July 13, 1929, in Zionsville, Indiana. He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Wilma Nadine Parker, his sister Andra Simmonds, his son Joseph L. Parker, his daughter in-law Joan L. Parker, and his grandson John W. Parker.
Bill and Wilma began dating as teenagers while attending Zionsville High School. Bill was a year older than Wilma and joined the Navy aftergraduating high school in 1947. They married one year later on May 8,1948, the day after Wilmagraduated from high school.
In 1950, while stationed in Memphis, they had their son Joe.
In 1958, Bill’s Navy career took him to San Diego, California. Bill advanced to the rank of E-9, Master Chief Petty Officer, Avionics Technician, while stationed at North Island Naval Station in San Diego. During his 20-year Navy career, Bill was deployed overseas and was a flight crew member on hundreds of carrier landings.
After retiring from the Navy in 1966,Bill worked in the Aero-Space Industry in San Diego as a Quality Control Manager for Teledyne Ryan.
After retiring again in 1986,Bill became active in the Masons, joining Chula Vista Lodge #626. Bill loved the fellowship and spiritual aspects of Freemasonry. He was awarded the Hiram Award by the Chula Vista Lodge in 1996, became Master of the Chula Vista Lodge in 1997, and served in the Grand Lodge of California.
In 2006, Bill and Wilma moved to Leisure Village Retirement Community in Camarillo, California, and truly retired. They enjoyed many activities and made many new friends there.Those who know Bill know that he was always one to offer up a funny story related to almost anything being discussed. We all loved to hear Bill tell his “stories,” even if we had heard them countless times. We wish we could hear them one more time.
The most important thing in Bill’s life was his beloved wife Wilma, his bride of 67 years. He was happiest sitting side by side with Wilma in their living room chairs at night, maybe just having had a snack, and thinking back through all those years to when they fell in love in high school.
Bless you Bill and the love you gave to all of us. We will carry your love always.
The family wishes to thank the skilled nursing staff and facilitators of Brookdale Camarillo for their kind, compassionate care.
A gathering of family and friends was held at the graveside at the Goleta Cemetery in Santa Barbara, California, at 1:00 p.m.,on Thursday, December 17, 2015.
Arrangements are under the direction of Griffin Family Funeral Chapels, Camarillo Ph. 805-482-1166
Published on December 18, 2015
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