Michael Daniel Parr

Michael Daniel ParrMichael Daniel Parr passed away Oct. 22, 2012 in Bakersfield, at the age of 62.

Services will be held on Saturday, Nov. 3, at the LDS Stake Center, 1031 S. Norma St. A 9 a.m. visitation will be followed by a 10 a.m. service. All welcome.

He was born April 23, 1950, in Seattle, Wash., to Thomas Morgan Parr and Eileen Loosmore.

His indomitable spirit and good nature saw him through some special challenges in his life. He lived in Glendale and Little Rock before moving to Ridgecrest in 1988, when he began employment with DART.

Michael was very active in the Ridgecrest community and was recognized by many as he walked the town with his seizure helmet and cane. He worked in the DART Thrift Store and in custodial positions for most of his career where he earned the reputation of a hard worker. He was a statewide representative for Peoples First (self-advocacy for adults with disabilities) in both Sacramento and Washington, D.C. He loved life and embraced every opportunity to learn and grow.

His varied interests included art, music, sign language, golf and history. He volunteered his services in the AmeriCorps and the Boy Scouts of America. Michael loved to paint, and he received a certificate for taking every California Community College art course.

Health challenges caused Michael to move into a group care home in Bakersfield in fall 2008. He had a great love of his Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ, and was very active in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Michael is preceded in death by his father, his mother, and his beloved dog, Terradactyl, and leaves behind many friends.

Funeral arrangements were by Holland & Lyons Mortuary.

Submitted by the family

of Michael Parr

Story First Published: 2012-10-31