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Paul Peter Parker, 65, died April 16, 2014, at a local care facility. Paul was born on April 28, 1948, in Lebanon, Oregon, the fourth child born to Walter Clifford Parker and Anna Lorraine (Deardorff) Parker.
Paul attended Crane Union High School in Crane, Oregon, and then joined the Navy, serving aboard the U.S.S. Yorktown from 1966 to 1968.
At the age of five, Paul took his first ride in his father’s log truck, and his life-long love of trucks began. After leaving the Navy, he drove log trucks, but his favorite was always the eighteen-wheeler long haul. He criss-crossed the States many times, hauling everything from cranberry juice to a cylinder for a cruise ship.
In later years, his great passion was NASCAR. He complained about a failing memory, but knew all the drivers, their cars and numbers, crew members, wives, current standing and record. He also knew an amazing amount of NASCAR history.
Paul was preceded in death by both parents. He is survived by his three children, Paula, Cory and Chaney, and by his five siblings, Shirley Parker Stewart, Palmer, Alaska; Peggy Parker Tudor, Albany, Oregon; Walter Parker, Council, Idaho; Bertha Parker Thompson, La Grande, Oregon; Raymond Parker, Republic, Washington. There are also numerous nieces and nephews. Paul had a special affection for his nephew Aaron, and his niece Valerie.
There will be no service at his request. Hopefully his family will be able to gather later this summer to celebrate his life.