Alvin Randall Parrish

In Memory of Alvin Randall Parrish (b. 22 Feb 1934 d. 2 Dec 2015)

Alvin Randall Parrish

Alvin Randall Parrish, 81, longtime area resident, died Wednesday 2 Dec 2015 at his home in Fort Morgan. He was was born 22 Feb 1934 on the homestead of Randall Parrish and Ruby Cline southwest of Akron in Washington County Colorado.

When Al was three, his mother married Albert Jesse. Albert was the person who influenced Al and helped make him the man he became. Al graduated from Akron High School in 1952 and then attended Trinidad Jr. College for two years.

He was drafted into the Army and spent two years stationed at Fort Dix, New Jersey. When he got out of the US Army he was employed by in the Jacks Bean Company in Fort Morgan, Morgan Co, Colorado where from 1956 until 1988.

On 29 Jul 1960 Alvin and Darla Jean Neefe were married in Fort Morgan.

From 1980 until 1990 they owned and operated photography studio and Parrish Galleries from 1989 to 2013. Dealing in antiques was a business that each one could excel and thrive in during their "Golden Years". Al also did a lot of furniture refinishing.

Al was an avid archeologist for over 78 years. He found his first arrowhead when he was three years old. He enjoyed sharing his knowledge of archeology and was sought after by many to authenticate artifacts found in northeastern Colorado.

Al was a sports fan. His favorite teams were the Boston Red Sox and the Denver Broncos. He also enjoyed trips up to Blackhawk, Colo, where he would play one and five dollar slot machines.

Survivors include, sons, Dale Parrish (wife Debbie) of Brush, Colo, Jim Parrish (wife Barb) of Wiggins, Colo, daughters, Leandra Parrish Lazzaretti (husband Dennis) of Otis, Colo, and Cyndi Parrish of Erie, Colo; grandchildren, Melissa, Victor, Reba, Chace, Quinn, Joe, Adam, Tiffany, and Ashleigh, great grandchildren, Tyler, Arianna, and Kohen.

He was preceded in death by his wife Darla, one son, Shaun, three sisters, one brother, and his parents.

Akron News-Reporter Dec 9, 2015

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