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Marin Independent Journal
Tuesday, August 28, 2001
Section B, page2
Capt. Lynn Parker, USCG (Ret.)
Age 85, of Terra Linda, died on August 24, 2001 of complications from emphysema. Capt. Parker had been a resident of Terra Linda for more than 30 years.
He retired from active duty in the Coast Guard in 1969, having served as Chief of Marine Inspection for the Port of San Francisco, his last active duty posting. Other assignments during his career had
focused in the area of arctic sea duty. He accompanied Admiral Richard Byrd on an expedition to Antarctica in 1957 as Executive Officer of the USCG Eastwind. He also has completed numerous
expeditions to Greenland and the Bering Sea.
He was born in Altoona, Pennsylvania, raised in Pittsburg, and attended Penn State University. Capt. Parker graduated from the United States Coast Guard Academy at New London, Connecticut in 1939 and proceeded to active duty during World War II, seeing action in the Pacific Theater. His career took him all over the
world and to assignments throughout the United States.
He was a model airplane enthusiast, building and flying models wherever his travels took him. He has flown model airplanes farther north, in the northern stretches of Greenland, and farther south, in Antarctica, than anyone else. Upon his
retirement, he took up the sport of soaring and flew out of a home port in Calistoga, California and throughout the
western U.S. until the age of 81.
Capt. Parker has been an active member of the First Baptist Church and the Novato Christian Fellowship, having served as
deacon, treasurer and teacher. He also has been actively engaged in the Marin County chapter of The Gideons International, a worldwide organization dedicated to providing Bibles and spreading the word of God among people in all walks of life.
Capt. Parker is survived by his wife of 62 years, Betty Baumgartner Parker of Terra Linda; a daughter, Julie Parker McCahill of Arlington, Virginia; two sons, Dr. John Charles Parker of Santa Rosa, California and Dr. David Alan Parker of Dunedin, Florida; five grandchildren, and three brothers, Vaughn Parker of Santa Maria, California, Gayle Parker of Alexandria, Virginia; and Royal Parker of Williamsburg, Virginia.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be sent to The Gideons International, Box 2174, San Rafael, CA 94912. Friends are encouraged to visit at the Keaton Mortuary in San Rafael on Tuesday, August 28th from 9:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. with a Vigil beginning at 7:00 p.m. A Memorial Service will take place at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, August 29th at Valley Memorial Park in Novato.
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