William Jack Parker, a 57-year resident of Rancho Palos Verdes, California passed away on October 8, 2019 in Torrance, California. Bill was born in Trinidad, Colorado on August 22, 1929 to Elsie and Robert Parker, a stockman. Bill was their much-beloved third son. His brothers Robert and Ted predeceased him. Having been born during the great depression, Bill experienced a life of hard work, reinvention and renewal as his family was forced to abandon their cattle ranch during the dustbowl and move first to Texas, then Florida, Washington State and finally California where his father founded a construction company and built houses in the inland empire after World War II. Bill was a patriot, and after high school, he enlisted in the Air Force to serve his country during the Korean War. He became a radar technician in the Air Force which later led him to a successful 37-year career at ITT Gilfillan in Van Nuys, CA. In 1954, after having served in the Air Force for four years, Bill met his beloved wife Patt. They were married shortly thereafter in 1955. Bill was, above all, devoted to his family. He loved nothing more than having his immediate and extended family together to celebrate notable occasions. Bill fulfilled his life-long dream of becoming a private pilot and spent 30 years flying his Piper Cherokee both for pleasure and as a member of the Civil Air Patrol Squadron 129 in Torrance. He and his wife were avid travelers and traveled the world for business and pleasure. He was a member of LA Southwest Guide Dog Puppy Raisers. He was a quiet, kind man who loved his family, friends, colleagues, country and his life. He loved the Palos Verdes Peninsula, its proximity to the ocean, beautiful vistas and open spaces. He was an avid body surfer and enjoyed bringing his family to the beach to play in the waves. He is survived by his wife of 63 years Patt; daughters Heather Jones and Liz Satterthwaite; grandchildren Lauren Jones, Andrew Jones, Catherine Jones, Ella Satterthwaite and Conner Satterthwaite; sons-in-law Evan Jones and Robert Satterthwaite; niece-in law Gail Parker; niece Polly Horne; grandnieces Anastasia Tompkins, Samantha Horne and Alexis Horne; grandnephews Robert Parker and David Horne and great grandnephew Phillip Stralco Jr. A memorial service will be held at St. Francis Episcopal Church in Palos Verdes Estates, CA on November 2, 2019 at 3:00 PM. A reception will follow in the Parish Hall. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Guide Dogs for the Blind in San Rafael, CA.

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  1. I am very saddened over the news that Bill moved on to the other side.He was a fine, intelligent, witty friend. I have not
    seen you, Patt, and Bill in a long time, but I have very fond memories of our card playing days. You and your family have my prayers and love.

  2. Rae and I are deeply sorry to learn about Bill’s passing. We only just got this very sad news upon returning from a trip abroad. Pat and Bill are our most respected and caring friends. We have been close neighbors for 35 years. He has shared with us many of his collection of rare books. Bill and I also shared our mutual interests in classic British sports cars; over the years, we had many happy times in discussing his MG and my Austin Healey. Since he was an enthusiastic pilot, I learned from him many unusual facts about aircraft that one cannot know just by reading aviation books. We think highly of Bill’s friendly personality; his intellectual capacity and broad knowledge base; his wide travel experiences and his navigational skill for guiding long-distance flights of B-36 while serving the Air Force.
    We will miss Bill very much. We will always remember Bill as a wonderful dear friend. Pat and your family have our prayers and love.
    Bill and Rae King

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