B. L. Parker

Portrait of B. L. Parker Headstone Photograph

Full Name: B. L. Parker
Location: Section:Patriots' Hill, Section 1 (A)
Row:T  Number:15
Reason for Eligibility: Board of Directors of the Lower Colorado River Authority 
Birth Date: May 25, 1931 
Died: February 4, 2010 
Burial Date: February 13, 2010 

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.

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