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Idaho State Journal, 03/30/12
POCATELLO - Stanley Willard Parker has "gone fishing!" Stan passed away at
his home on March 25, 2011, with the comfort of his daughter, Diane by his side. Stanley
Willard Parker was born June 6, 1918, to John Albert Parker and Cecelia Agnes Grunig of
Montpelier, Idaho. He attended schools in Montpelier, where he boxed and played football.
He learned to hunt and fish with his father and passed this love onto his son, Kevin, and
his grandkids. He enjoyed many fishing trips over the years, always betting to see who
could catch the first fish of the day and the biggest one too.
In 1935, he went to work for the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation fighting fires, planting
trees and building roads all over Northern Idaho. In that same year, he was hired on with
Union Pacific Railroad in Montpelier as a brakeman and was later promoted to conductor in
The only interruption in his employment was his enlistment in the U.S. Army, where he
landed on the beach at Normandy in the D-Plus One Invasion the day after his 36th
birthday. He went on to serve in England and Germany, where he earned medals for service
in the European Theater of War, and was honorably discharged in 1946.
He resumed his work with the railroad, settling in Pocatello and after 45 years of
employment, Stan retired on December 31, 1984.
Stanley met the love of his life, Ella D. Evans when he returned from the war and they
were married on Halloween in 1951. His children would often tease them both as to whether
they were "tricked or treated" that special night.
Stanley loved the outdoors and spent many days with his family on summer vacations and
trips camping and fishing. He loved his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren
and he was truly the "Rock" of the family.
Both Stan and Ella were active in the VFW No. 735 (Veterans of Foreign Wars) for many
years. They were active members of the Old Timers with the railroad, Good Sams and AARP
Club and spent many of their later years together in their RV.
In recent years, Stan made daily walking trips at the Pine Ridge Mall with his good
friend, Emily York, until 6 months ago when his COPD just wouldn't let him make the
Stan enjoyed eating at the Golden Corral with his good friend, Joe Burton. He became a
favorite of many to the employees there and his family extends their gratitude for being
so generous and kind.
Stanley Willard Parker was preceded in death by his wife, Ella D. Parker in 2006, his
brothers, Alfred A. Parker, Freddie A. Parker, his sister, Lois Cecelia Greenlee, son,
Leslie Gene Parker and grandson Alec Stanley Cano. He is survived by his son, Kevin
Stanley Parker (Lisa) of Meridian Idaho, Pamela Steele of St. Anthony, Idaho, Nancy Parker
(Art) of Moab, Utah, and Diane Cano (Raul) of Pocatello. He is also survived by nine
grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday April 3, 2012, at 11 a.m. in the Cornelison
Funeral Chapel, 431 N. 15th Ave., Pocatello. The family will receive friends from 7 to 9
p.m. Monday evening and one hour prior to services Tuesday at the funeral home. Interment
will be in the Mountain View Cemetery, Pocatello, with military graveside rites by the
Pocatello Veterans Honor Guard.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Cornelison Funeral Home, 431 N. 15th Ave.,
Pocatello, 232-0542. Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.cornelisonfh.com?
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