On January 14, 2011, Walt Parker lost his 5 year battle with cancer. Walt was born September 26, 1950, in Dallas. He was the only child of Walt, Sr. and Betty Parker, of Rockport, Texas. Walt always credited his parents for his sense of honesty, loyalty and determination.
Walt was a Vietnam Veteran who took much pride in serving his country.
Walt moved to Galveston in 1982 where he worked primarily as a salesman prior to opening his own business, Car Shops, Inc., in 1985. Walt was the ultimate IBC, he loved it here. He joined Kiwanis during college, but did not return to the organization until 2001 with the Galveston club. Walt found his true calling in working with the Key Club of Ball High and Circle K at TAMUG. As an advisor to these sponsored youth clubs, he guided each to many successful years of community service. For his efforts, Walt was the recipient of many Kiwanis awards including The Hixson in 2006 and Kiwanian of the Year in 2009.
Walt is survived by his parents, Walt and Betty Parker, wife, Susan and son Benjamin; daughters Melissa Edwards, her husband Ken and their children Dillon, Brendan and Rowan of Missouri City; and Melinda Parker of Virginia, many aunts, uncles, cousins and in-laws. The family wishes to thank the Hospice Care Team, especially Pam Austin; and the UTMB staff, especially nurses Lauren, Amanda, Singh and Bethanie. Walt and Susan are eternally grateful for the dear friendship of Carolyn Webb, Rachael Alsup, Nancy Correll and Chris Myers, who have been a constant source of help and support over the past month.
A memorial service will be held Tuesday, January 18th, at 6:30 pm, at Malloy & Son Funeral Home, 3028 Broadway in Galveston.
Memorials may be made to the Walt Parker CKI Scholarship Fund (part of the Galveston Kiwanis Club), P O Box 3821, Galveston, TX 77552.