MONTY LEIGH PARKER ~ Class of 1966
March 24, 1948 - October 26, 2016
Monty was the fourth of five children born to Eugene F. and Christine Parker.
He was born and raised in Richland, the youngest of three to share their childhood and move on to become adults. Monty attended Marcus Whitman Elementary, Carmichael Junior High and graduated in 1966 from Columbia High School (now known as Richland High School).
He was born deaf, and I can remember Mama saying "If he ever is blessed with hearing and learns to talk, I'll never say shut-up, be quiet". Around the age of five 1/2 years he gained some hearing and before long was just a regular, noisy kid.
Monty was an optimistic, adventurous individual who loved his family and friends. He was kind, caring, hard-working and was a talented artist and outdoorsman who enjoyed cooking, country music and sports.
Monty was pre-deceased by his parents, one sister and two brothers.
He is survived by his four children and 10 grandchildren: James Parker, Joshua Parker (Sidney, Warren, Megan, Ryan, Nora), Tami Leigh Keas (Baylee, Madison) and David Parker (Rowan, Ezerie, Wyatt); three nieces; two nephews and his sister Susie (Parker) Jokela.
Monty dealt with medical problems related to his diabetes since 2006. He was being treated for a foot problem when kidney/liver failure set in and he passed away in the early hours of October 26, 2016.
Rest in peace little brother, we will miss you.
Published in the Tri-City Herald January, 29, 2017.