King and Jason Parker, CELEBRATE! event, 2015



by Lynn Bohart

King Parker was one of the Renton Community Foundation's founding board members. He was an unabashed champion of the community foundation concept, using his Parker Family Fund to help provide scholarships to Renton Technical College and make grants to the appliance repair program there. As one of the first inductees into RCF's "League of Extraordinary Givers," he was honored for a lifetime of giving back to the community. But for those of us who knew and loved him, he will be missed mostly for the internal light and zest for life he carried with him wherever he went. It was infectioius and challenged the rest of us to step up.


Sadly, we've lost a number of community leaders here in Renton recently who will be greatly missed. But this one is personal. King was on the interview team that hired me, and I considered him a mentor.


As I often am, I'm reminded of the Wizard of Oz. As Dorothy says goodbye to her lovable group of traveling companions, she has a special message for each one. But when she gets to the Scarecrow, she leans in to give him a hug and says,

"I think I'll miss you most of all."


The family has asked that donations be made to the Parker Family Memorial Fund. You can click on the 'Donate Now" button here on the main page and then scroll down the category list until you get to the Parker Family Fund. Click on that and make your donation. All gifts are tax deductible to the extent permitted by law. If you put in your email address, you will receive an automatic receipt.


You may also mail your gift to the Renton Community Foundation, P.O. Box 820, Renton, WA 98057. Thank you so much.






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