David G. Parker
July 03, 1951 - April 15, 2017
David Glen Parker was born July 3, 1951, in Houston, Texas. He died on April 15, 2017, in Houston, Texas. He was proud to be a native Houstonian. He was preceded in death by his parents, Frank Eugene Parker, Jr., and Bertha Mae Hermes Parker. He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Rev. Blair Parker, daughters, Adrienne Blair Parker and Stephanie Glenn Parker; brothers, Michael Parker and Richard Parker (Susan); mother-in-law, Elsie Butler, brother-in-law, Thomas Butler (Irene), sisters-in-law, Leslie Whatley (Steve) and Suzi Elbert (Michael); beloved grandson, William James Ruiz; and numerous nieces, great-nieces and great-nephews.
David graduated from Lamar High School in Houston, attended The University of Texas at Arlington and received a B.S. in Biology with an emphasis in Marine Biology from The University of Houston. He worked for Southwest Research Institute, M.W. Kellogg, and retired from Shell Oil Co. - Research and Development as a chemist, after completing 34 years of service.
David was an avid reader. He enjoyed listening to classical music and playing dominos. He had a green thumb and enjoyed growing varieties of plants. He was passionate about his love of the ocean, fascination with marine life, and concern for its preservation.
David was an active, faithful, lifetime member of Bethany Christian Church in Houston, where he met his wife, Blair, in the High School Sunday School Class. He was serving as Chair of the Board of Elders at the time of his death. He was a member of the Unity Sunday school class and enjoyed being part of the Tuesday Men’s Breakfast Group. He thoroughly enjoyed preparing pancake breakfasts for special church occasions. He cared for the aquarium in the church office and kept the fish happy. He was a welcoming presence when greeting visitors, a comforting presence to those who needed a listening ear, and was committed to the many roles he filled both at Bethany and in the Coastal Plains Area. David was a quiet, devoted, humble servant who loved God and lived his faith.
David loved his family! In the eyes of David’s wife, daughters and grandson, he was the best, husband, father and grandfather in the world! He was never too busy to be involved in all aspects of their lives. He was truly their hero. David was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend. He made the world a better place and he will be greatly missed by all whose lives he touched!
A memorial service celebrating David’s life will be held Saturday, April 22, at 3:00 p.m., at Bethany Christian Church, 3223 Westheimer Rd., Houston, TX, 77098. A reception will be held in the church parlor following the service.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in honor of David to Bethany Christian Church.