In Memory

Roland Parkinson - Class Of 1954

Roland Parkinson

From:  Jolene Parkinson
For Year:  1954

I tried to post this "Memory" and could not do that. If needed, will you re-post? It is with a heavy heart that I need to tell you that Roland Parkinson died on November 8, 2018. His death was very unexpected. Perhaps a blessing, his heart just stopped working. The love and adventures we, as a family were lucky enough to share, are unforgettable. They will hopefully help us move forward. Ron was an amazing human being - brilliant, kind and patient to a fault. Always true to himself. The sweetest man we have ever known. He is sorely missed by his family and friends. I thank God for the gift of sharing his life. Jolene                12/6/18

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12/07/18 08:38 AM #1    

Jim Widner (1958)

Roland was so intelligent and fun to talk to. Sorry to hear 🙏. Sandra Nickell Stocker

12/07/18 09:09 AM #2    

Donald Schuyler (1954)

Dear Ron, such a good friend, lots of hiking in our desert, bicycling to the lake and hopefully back.  What a multi-talented person.  Played the accordion, Grace Community Church performer and bible school attendee, was a ham operator (built his radio set up, more than one), played some football (tackle I think), great scholar in high school and at Cal Tech and I think worked at Sandia Corp. in Albuquerque.  At that time there were at least five of us '54-ers working in the New Mexico area, Ron, Betty Nielson, Bill Risley, Tom Shankland and myself.  Boy, some olden days talk.  Our hearts go out to you Jolene and the "kids."  And to Rosalie where ever you are.

12/07/18 01:17 PM #3    

David Sutherland (1954)

Was very personally touched upon learning of my friend  Ronald's passing. We lived side by side on Ave G from 1st Grade to 7th.  Ran wires between our houses and would sneaky communicate after dark when we were supposed to be asleep.  Much mischief during those years. We wrote often while I was at USNA and  he at Cal Tech.  Those memories are still fresh.

And then was blessed to get to know Jolene in the later years and vicariously share in their lives and travel adventures.  Consider him one of my very best friends through all of our lives and  Jolene was equally a good friend.  Ron was probably one of the smartest  persons I have ever known but he made anyone around him feel there were his equal.  Dry sense of humor, humble, giving, caring!!  A perfect man and perfect person.  His intelectual zest for life, adventure, family, and friends, stimulated anyone fortunate to be around him.

Know he will be missed but am totally blessed to have been able to call Ron - My Friend.

Dave Sutherland  BCHS 54

12/10/18 06:39 PM #4    

Tom Shankland (1954)

     As some of you know, Ron was my oldest best friend; I guess we had been together starting in about 5th grade. During high school we would often meet in an evening and work our math problems together—he was usually quicker than I was. There was the summer of 1955, after about our college freshman years, when Ron actually stayed with my family in Mt Vernon, WA, but after that we met sporadically, usually on some camping trip at Lake Mead or in the Cascades. During September, 1956 (I think) with David Anderson ('55) we memorably hiked down the Kaibab Trail to camp at the bottom. Three reflections on the times: Unlike recent decades the (memorably hot) campground was otherwise unoccupied; while underaged, we bought illicit beers at Phantom Ranch (also unoccupied); we could see the Northern Lights that appeared at unusually southern latitudes that year. So much more...
      We have reached an age when death is part of our living, but Ron’s has left a singular hole, an absence that comes with particular intensity. 

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