Born in the small farming town of Circleville, Kan., Frank’s family eventually moved to Glendale. After a near fatal illness, he volunteered for the United States Naval Air Corps and served in Guadalcanal during WWII. Returning home after the war, he met and married the love of his life, Martha Reed. He and “Marty” shared 65 years of marriage, loving every minute of their lives together.
Settling back in Glendale, Frank established and managed his own successful business, Parker Building Maintenance. His clients were varied and ranged from pharmaceutical companies to major movie studios. Throughout his life he always found time to work for the local community, from PTA to Little League. He loved baseball and even served as a Little League president for three years.
Eventually selling his business, Frank became building maintenance supervisor for the new UCB building in Los Angeles, at the time the largest building west of the Mississippi. He ended his career as a supervisor at Windsor Manor retirement center in Glendale. Retiring to northern California, he spent the last 11 years living with family in Discovery Bay.
In addition to family, Frank had a passion for cars, owning several classics throughout his lifetime. He also loved traveling, especially road trips with Marty. Together, they traveled through most of the United States. Catch-and-release fishing from his dock in Discovery Bay was another hobby. He kept a record of each fish, and before his blindness ended that passion, he had tallied 6,002.
Frank and Marty were blessed with two children, five grandchildren and eight great grandchildren. In addition to their own family, being persons of faith, they contributed to veteran’s organizations, Christian groups and supported children in foreign countries for many years. They did this with never a mention to anyone about their generosity.
Last July, as a tribute in celebration of Frank’s 87th birthday, the Los Angeles Dodgers invited him to throw out the ceremonial first pitch for a game at Dodger Stadium. His entire family attended and he declared it the best day of his life.
In addition to his loving wife Marty, Frank leaves behind the family he loved so dearly and who called him “Ace.” They include his son, John Parker, and his wife, Trisha; daughter, Sharon Uithoven; granddaughter, Lisa Uithoven; grandson, Michael, and his wife, Jennifer, and children, Lucy, Jack and Charles; grandson, Robert Uithoven, and his wife, Tammy, and children, Jeremy, Joshua and Joel; grandson, David Parker, and his wife, Michelle, and son Liam; grandson, Daniel Parker, and his wife, Michelle, and daughter, Juliette. In addition, Frank also leaves his beloved sister, Shirley Nelson, and many nieces and nephews.
Rest in peace, Ace. We love you.