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Sid W. Parker MAT ’64

The only child of William and Gladys Parker, Sid grew up in Lincoln, Nebraska, where he became an accomplished baseball and basketball player and met his future wife and lifelong partner, Bobbie Kirk. He continued to play baseball at the University of Washington, where he was a member of Theta Chi fraternity, and obtained a teaching degree. After getting a master’s degree from Reed, he later obtained an administrator’s certificate from Western Washington University.

In 1957, he and Bobbie moved to Oak Harbor, Washington, where he began his career in education as a math teacher at Oak Harbor High School. He was also a highly successful baseball coach and built lifelong friendships with many of his former players. Sid eventually became the assistant principal and then principal of the high school. During his 17 years as principal, he opened a new high school building in the community, leaving a legacy of educational excellence and changed lives. After retiring, he studied to become a financial planner and established a small financial services business. He and Bobbie moved to Enumclaw in 2013 to be near their children and grandchildren.

An avid outdoorsman, Sid loved golf, camping, hunting, and fishing with family and friends. In retirement, he and Bobbie traveled around the world. A natural leader with a big personality, he had the heart of a teacher, mentoring students and colleagues and sharing life lessons with his children and grandchildren. His wife Bobbie, sons Terry and Neil, and daughter Vickie Hughes survive him.

Appeared in Reed magazine: December 2016

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