Gary Parrish 1939-2012

Posted on February 15th in Obituaries

Gary Parrish, 72, of Springfield died Feb. 3 from complications of diabetes.

Parrish was born May 26, 1939, in McCall, Idaho, to Pete Parrish and Martha “Bobby” Dillard.

He graduated from Burns Union High School and earned a degree in business and technology from Oregon State University. He also had a graduate degree from American Institute of Banking, and he was a graduate of Pacific Coast Banking School in Seattle, Wash.

Parrish worked at three different banks in Springfield for over 30 years, and in 1974 founded and was president of Peoples Bank. He was past president of the Springfield Chamber of Commerce, Springfield Country Club, Lane County 30 Starters, Springfield Kiwanis Club and Middlefield Golf Course Men’s Club. He served as fund-raising chairman for the McKenzie Willamette Hospital, the Metropolitan Waste Water District, Boy Scouts of America, United Way, Salvation Army and several other community projects. He was chosen as Springfield’s Junior First Citizen, its First Citizen, one of Oregon’s Ten Outstanding Young Men and one of the nation’s outstanding young men.

He was an avid outdoorsman as a golfer, hunter and fisherman.

Parrish is survived by two sons, Sean and Blake Parrish; a granddaughter, Paulina; and a brother, Jim and his family.

A Celebration of Life was held Feb. 11 at Poole-Larsen Funeral Home.

Contributions may be made to The Middlefield Village Golf Course Jr. Golf Program, 91 Village Dr., Cottage Grove, OR 97424.

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