WILLIAM D. PARKER
was an amazing man, truly one of the Greatest Generation.
He was a banker, a business owner, a cowboy, a pilot, and a golfer, and he loved his family passionately.
Always an upbeat person, on his
last day he
was "doing just fine, can't complain.
believed that every day he
lived after World War II was a blessing, and he
lived that philosophy to the end.
Bill's mom Annabel Ainsworth Hale had to leave the train in Wichita, Kansas to give birth to Bill on Halloween 1921.
Although Bill's mom and birth father divorced when Bill was young, Bill felt blessed to have Jack Hale as a stepfather, who loved Bill as his
went to 30 different grade schools while Jack worked the oil fields from El Paso to San Angelo
and graduated from high school in Monahans, Texas.
worked as a cattle feeder and herdsman to put himself through Texas A&M College
in three years and graduated in 1942 as a Distinguished Scholar.
Bill joined the U.S. Army Air Corps and flew 80 European theatre combat missions in a P-51 Mustang with the 363rd Fighter Group, 161st Tactical Reconnaissance squadron.
Bill served as a board member for the First Methodist Church, San Angelo Country Club, Red Cross, and City Development Board.
was chairman of the United Fund
drive and Bentwood Country Club
continued to work part-time well into his
80s and still walked 18 holes of golf until a few years ago.
was preceded in death by his
parents and by many good friends.
is survived by his
wife, Doris; and his
daughters, Mary and Marty Parker of Austin.
Bill's grandchildren, Mary Holland Avery and Michael, Austin and Parker Rivera, all of Austin, will miss their Papa greatly.
Bill's survivors also include his
sister and brother-in-law, Katy and Don Kruse of McGregor, Texas; his
sisters- and brothers-in-law Marty Conine of Midland, Nick and Joy Holland of Houston, and John and Clo Holland of El Paso; and many nieces and nephews.
will also be missed by his