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Jim Parker (Paper Mill Supervisor) - Class of 2004 VIEW PROFILE

Jim Parker (Paper Mill Supervisor)


Jim Parker     

FRENCHTOWN – James Lester Parker passed away June 26, 2011 at the age of 70. With family members at his side, Jim ultimately lost his hard-fought battle with pancreatic cancer.

Jim was born July 29, 1940, in Beach, North Dakota.  Prior to moving with his parents and three brothers to a small ranch located in the Six Mile area near Frenchtown, he spent his childhood growing up on the family farm in Wibaux. He attended Frenchtown High School, where he met Karen Boyer. He later married his high school sweetheart.

After high school, Jim went on to become the assistant manager at Safeway while attending the University of Montana. He later went to work at the Hoerner-Waldorf paper mill, eventually becoming part of senior management in the paper department before retiring from Smurfit-Stone paper mill after 36-plus years.

Jim was an active member in the Frenchtown Boosters Club and the Elks Club. Throughout his life, he enjoyed playing golf, fishing, hunting, camping, traveling, caring for his yard, coaching his son Brad’s baseball team and performing volunteer functions during his son Randy’s track meets. He was his sons’ and grandchildren’s biggest sports fan.

After his retirement from the paper mill, Jim and Karen moved to Arizona. Jim continued to enjoy playing golf, traveling and spending time with his family, including his five wonderful grandchildren who affectionately knew him as “Pa Jim.” Jim was an avid sports fan and enjoyed attending the Arizona Cardinals football games and Arizona Diamondbacks baseball games.

Jim is survived by his loving wife of 50 years, Karen; son Brad and daughter-in-law Jeanne; son Randy and daughter-in-law Carla; brother Ed and sister-in-law Barbara; brother Jon and sister-in-law Deanna; brother Larry and sister-in-law Flo; mother-in-law Evelyn Boyer; sister-in-law/brother-in-law Dona and Duane Felstet; brother-in-law Joe Boyer; sister-in-law Lisa Reisenbeck; grandchildren Dyllon, Colten, Rachel, Brianna and Max; as well as many nieces and nephews.

Jim was preceded to our heavenly Father by his mother Gwen, father Les and father-in-law Joseph Boyer Sr. Jim loved his family dearly and always put their well-being above all other concerns in life. His many friends will always remember his smile and laugh – he will be deeply missed by all who knew him.

Per Jim’s request, no memorial services will be held. Jim chose to help others by donating his body for the advancement of medical cures for cancer and diabetes.

If making memorial donations in Jim’s honor, please consider cancer or diabetes research organizations as your choice.

Rest in Peace dear Friend.

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