The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

September 6, 2013

Donald Haughton Parker

Published 9-6-13


Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — Donald Haughton Parker, longtime resident of Fairview, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013, at Woodmanor Nursing home in Claremore, Okla., at the age of 96.

Service will be 1:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 9, 2013, at Cedar Springs Church of the Nazarene, with Rev. Orville White and Terry Schakelaar officiating. Burial will follow in Bethel Cemetery. Arrangements are by Fairview Funeral Home Inc.

Donald was born Jan. 19, 1917, in Fairview, Okla., to Nelson and Emma (Crump) Parker. He grew up in the Fairview area, graduating from Fairview High School.

Donald married Wilma E. Felder March 30, 1936, at Cedar Springs Church of the Nazarene, West of Fairview, where the two had met when she was 15 and he was 17. They were married by Clara Felder, pastor of the church, and Wilma’s mother. After the couple were married, they moved to and began farming on Donald’s father’s farm 10 miles southwest of Fairview, which was their home for 70 years.

Donald kept farming wheat after moving to Bethany, Okla., in 1960. He and Wilma attended Williams Memorial Church of the Nazarene, where they formed life-long friendships.

For the next 15 years he was a home builder in the Oklahoma City area. They retired back to the family farm in 1976, where he designed and built a new home for Wilma.

When Donald was not working, he enjoyed fellowship with his friends and neighbors. He cherished the family holiday celebrations and family reunions that included six generations of his children’s children. Donald modeled a life of industry, integrity and irrepressible joy in fellowship with his family, church and innumerable friends.  

Donald was preceded in death by his parents, Nelson and Emmy Parker; two brothers, Grover and Neal Parker; and sister, Josaphene Kliewer.  

He is survived by five children: two sons, Jerry Bill Parker of Woodward, Okla., and Dr. David D. Parker and wife Lisa of Tulsa, Okla., and three daughters, Madonna E. McConnel and husband Edward of Las Vegas, Nev., Dorothy C. Parker of Claremore, Okla., and Melody R. Parker and husband Wesley of Flower Mound, Texas; 23 grandchildren; and numerous great-and great-great-grandchildren.  

Memorial contributions may be made to Cedar Springs Church of the Nazarene, with Fairview Funeral Home Inc. acting as custodian of the funds.

Condolences may be made online at www.fairviewfu neralhomeinc.com.

(Submitted by family)