PARKER, B.L. (1931 ~ 2010). The following is a family-placed obituary for B.L. Parker, former member of the board of directors for the Lower Colorado River Authority.
God sent his angels to escort B.L. Parker to his eternal home on Thursday,
February 4, 2010, at the age of 78.
He was born on May 25, 1931, to Bonnard Lee and Katie Brooks Parker, the
youngest of seven children. He is preceded in death by his parents, three
brothers and one sister.
A native of Tahoka, Texas, he attended Texas Tech University and graduated
from the Dallas Mortuary College. Upon graduation in 1951 he entered the
United States Navy and served in the 1st Marine Division in Korea as Combat
For over 30 years B. L. Parker dedicated his professional talents to the
State of Texas. He served as the Assistant Sergeant-at-Arms and later was
elected the Sergeant-at-Arms of the Texas House of Representatives; Special
Assistant to Governors Dolph Briscoe and William P. Clements, and served as
Legislative Aide to Comptroller Bob Bullock. His appointments and membership
affiliations include: Governor Dolph Briscoe's appointee as a Director to
the Board of the Lower Colorado River Authority, Speaker Gib Lewis'
appointee as Trustee to the Employees Retirement System of Texas, and served
as a member of the Board of Regents of Texas Lutheran College in Seguin. He
is also a proud member of the Texas Ranger Museum and Hall of Fame
Foundation and lifetime member of the Former Texas Rangers Foundation. He
has served in various capacities as a member of the Lutheran Church: council
member, choir member, bible study group, and was active to the very end.
He will tell you his greatest accomplishment was to convince Marcie Brinkman
to become his bride on June 28, 1958. They had a daughter, Marcilynn, whom
he spoiled with great delight. However, one daughter was not enough, so
through the years, a large number of "children" and friends were included as
his extended family, which gave him great pleasure.
If you were to look only at his professional life, you would miss the part
of him that endeared him to his family and friends. Always one ready for a
party, he would be leading the way for gatherings and taking his place in
front of the BBQ grill. He was the storyteller around the dinner table. A
joke was always on the tip of his tongue. He was a compassionate soul who
had a soft heart for those in need.
He leaves behind to cherish his memories his wife, Marcie, daughter,
Marcilynn, and favorite son-in-law Ron League; brother, Pug Parker and wife
Billie; sister, Lois Dunlap; brother-in-law, L.W. Brinkman and wife Carol;
brother-in-law, Lancier Brinkman and wife Karen; numerous cousins, nieces
and nephews, as well as his special extended family members, church family
and a host of friends.
The family received guests at Harrell Funeral Home, 4435 Frontier Trail,
Friday, February 12, 2010 from 6-8 pm. The funeral services were held Saturday,
February 13, 2010 at 2 pm at Abiding Love Lutheran Church, 7210 Brush Country Rd.
Burial followed at the Texas State Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Abiding Love Lutheran Church, the Former Texas
Rangers Foundation, P.O. Box 290229, Kerrville, TX 78029,
www.FormerTexasRangers.org, or a charity of your choice.
Further information is available through the Texas State Cemetery research department.