Mark Allen Parker, known to his friends and family as Mark, passed away on April 1, 2023, in Oklahoma. Born on December 22, 1965, at Patterson Army Hospital at Ft. Monmouth in Oceanport, New Jersey, Mark was a loving husband, father, son, brother, uncle, and friend who will be deeply missed by all who knew him.
Mark is survived by his devoted wife, Janford Willard Parker of Clayton, Oklahoma; his children, Blake Parker and wife Ashley of Westminster, Colorado, and Drew Parker of Fort Collins, Colorado; the mother of his children: Michele Lair and husband Scott Lair of Highlands Ranch, CO; second wife: Nicole Parker of California; his sister, Beth Matus and husband Francis of Gainesville, Georgia; his nephews, Jacob Matus, Nicholas Matus, Ethan Matus, and Daniel Matus; and his father, Paul Parker and wife Tiffany of Slidell, Louisiana. Mark was predeceased by his mother, Margaret Sharon Parker.
A proud veteran of the United States Air Force & Colorado Air National Guard, Mark served his country with distinction during Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. His dedication and expertise in aircraft fuel systems and F-16 Aircraft Fuel Maintenance were invaluable to the success of these missions. An example of his courage and incredible innovation for problem solving under pressure was seen, when during a dangerous situation, Mark intervened, which stopped a plane from being scrubbed for flight. On the unprotected, open flightline, as tracers flew overhead, Mark, with one unit member to assist, quickly devised a repair which allowed the F-16 to be cleared for flight and the mission to be carried out. A result of Mark's incredible ability to perform under pressure allowed his unit to be recognized and awarded for zero planes grounded as unfit to fly, during their time of deployment.
During and after his military service, Mark continued to apply his skills as an ASE Automotive Technician, where he was highly respected by his colleagues and clients alike. Mark was gifted with the ability to see solutions beyond what others could see, whether technical, mechanical, or even financial.
Mark's adventurous spirit and love for motorcycles and karting went hand in hand with his precision mindedness and his love for speed and safety, both on and off the track. That same love of speed and precision found its way into the small scale with the countless hours spent racing RC Cars and RC planes alongside his sons, Blake and Drew. Mark's passion for innovation and technology was evident in his deep knowledge and enthusiasm for Teslas, Harley LiveWire motorcycles and creating off-grid living solutions. The project closest to his heart was his involvement supporting the development of the Tesla Turbine with the hopes of one day providing access to energy for all people around the globe. Mark's intelligence and curiosity were boundless, as he enjoyed engaging in spirited debates on topics ranging from science to politics.
A true Renaissance man, Mark's interests extended to landscaping, space exploration and project cars. Mark's fulfilling dreams and aspirations served as an inspiration to those around him, encouraging them to pursue their own passions and goals.
Mark's handy nature and willingness to lend a helping hand endeared him to friends and neighbors alike. His adventurous spirit led him to explore new places and experiences, always eager to learn, grow and teach. Mark's intelligence and wit made him a formidable debater and a captivating conversationalist, always ready to engage in lively discussions on a wide range of subjects.
In addition to his many accomplishments and interests, Mark's greatest joy was his family. He was a loving and supportive husband, father, son, brother and uncle. Mark's unwavering commitment to his family will be remembered as a testament to his character and the depth of his love.
As we mourn the loss of Mark Allen Parker, we also celebrate the life of a remarkable man who touched the lives of so many. His legacy of love, adventure, and intelligence will live on in the hearts and minds of those who were fortunate enough to know him.
A graveside service with Military Honors will be held at the Yarnaby Cemetery in Hendrix, Oklahoma on Friday, April 7, 2023 at 10AM. This will be an outside service, comfortable attire is welcome.
Services are under the direction of Serenity Funeral Service of Antlers, Oklahoma.
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