Glenn Laurence Parker entered this world on May 2, 1932. He was the youngest member of the family having arrived after his brother, Don Parker, and 2 sisters, Lena Merle Parker and Bonnie Lucille Parker. He was born Akron, Colorado, at the home of his parents, Ervin Allison Parker and Cora Ethel Parker.
Glenn was always getting into trouble because he was so curious about everything. At a very young age he was in a shed in the back of the house that was filled with gas and kerosene. Because it was so dark, he lit a match to see, causing an explosion. He spent several months in the hospital recovering from burns, but God knew his potential and his love for HIM, and his life was spared. Later, as a teenager, he became more adventurous and decided to try his luck at chinning himself from the top of the windmill (which was in operation) He also tried jumping out of the second story window of the hayloft. When he got into trouble because of his exploits he would go behind the wood burning cook stove in the kitchen and tell himself a story!
Everyone at the farm had chores. His sister, Bonnie, would herd 3000 head of sheep and it was Glenn’s job to help sheer. They also raised corn, wheat, hay, and vegetables. During the summers the farmers would help each other harvest their fields. When it was done, Ethel, Bonnie, and Lena Merle would fix dinner for the harvesters.
The Parkers were a very musical family. Glenn had a love and passion for music. His mother knew how to play the piano and the guitar. She taught Ervin to play and he taught their two sons. Glenn made his first guitar at the age of 10. They attended square dances and hymn sings at the school where the boys played, and the girls would sing. Later, he would join his brother in singing at churches, weddings, and family gatherings.
Glenn attended the Sunshine School in Akron with his siblings and friends like the Barton Family. It was a one room schoolhouse and all grades, 1-8, attended. He was a lover of education. He read everything he could get his hands on. He built a helicopter in his yard from a manual and flew it. He loved cars and worked on them until the day he died. He passed his high School equivalency from Northeastern Community College March 19, 1968.
Glenn worked at the Great Western Sugar Factory in Fort Morgan with his brother-in-law Jim Larkins for a few years. Then in 1954, Jim and he left to work in Schlumberger Well Surveying Corp until 1961. He and his father, Ervin, decided to go into construction and ended up building many beautiful houses in Brush, CO. Glenn was also the foreman of Resler Construction for 15 years, and drove a mail truck route on occasion for his brother Don. He ended his career working for Pharmaceutical Basics as the Senior Mechanic for 7 years before he retired.
He married Faith E. Parker on December 11, 1971. The wedding was beautiful, loving, and heartwarming. To this union, they added 2 sons and 2 daughters. However their first son, Rex, was not destined to be raised on earth and Faith endured a miscarraige in October of 1972. Lori, Becca, and Danny followed in the next few years. Glenn built their home on Prospect Rd where they lived for several years. Glenn’s parents bought a trailer and lived on the property until Ervin’s death in 1981 at the age of 87. The marriage ended in divorce February 10, 1988.
Among the amazing gifts that he had; Glenn lived for the Lord. He loved God more than his own life and sang His praises all his life. He had an intelligence beyond words and used it to worship God. His Bibles were well worn from reading. He knew more biblical facts than anyone on earth. He had an intellect that was beyond understanding and he used it to praise his Creator. Glenn spent many years writing, and rewriting, his book on the many facets and dimensions of God and the Holy Spirit. He grew from a boy who innocently found trouble, to a man who lovingly found his Spiritual Advisor. Sometimes, God and he did not agree, but it was always lovingly.
“Us Christians”, as he would say, know that Glenn Parker was extremely intelligent, frugal, knowledgeable, loving (even though he didn’t like to show it), inventive, talented, artistic, and Godly. He would give anyone the shirt off his back, even though he might complain about it. This is the man that we knew and loved. This is the man that God lovingly lifted into his arms and said, “Well done my good and faithful servant, with whom I am well pleased. Come into my arms and I will give you rest for in my house are many mansions”, although Glenn would probably prefer a small underground house. Immagine how Glenn smiles as he entered Heaven and was met by:
Ervin A. Parker - Father
Cora Ethel Purdy Parker - Mother
Lena Merle Parker Dunbar - Sister
Don Parker - Brother
Bonnie Parker Larkins - Sister
Rex Parker - Son
We that remain:
Lori Hammond - Eldest Daughter
Mikelah Lowry - Granddaughter
Zelda Lowry - Great Granddaughter
Cassondra Hammond - Granddaughter
Janessa Hammond - Granddaughter
Rebecca Valencia - Middle Child
Francisco Valencia - son-in-law
Kevin Valencia - Grandson
Lyric Valencia - Granddaughter
Daniel Parker - Youngest Son
Jenifer Parker - Daughter-in-law
Samantha Parker - Granddaughter
Aden Parker - Grandson
Many, many nieces and nephews
We will cherish his memory until we will never more wonder, but, join him on those streets of gold in God’s Holy presence!
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the “Operation Smile” organization:
A celebration of life will be on March 7th, 2020 at Calvary Church, 2101 Gay St., Longmont, CO 80542 from 1pm to 3pm in the Fireside room.