Charles Arthur Parkes
Dec 15, 1927 - Aug 13, 2010

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Our dear Husband, Dad, and Patriarch, Charles Arthur Parkes

Arthur passed away in his sleep, Friday, 13 AUG 2010 in a hospital in Reno, NV, due to complications of diabetes.  As ever, his loving wife of 60 years, Aileen, was with him.

Funeral services will be held in the Red Cliffs Stake Center, 1285 N. Bluff Street, St. George, UT, at 11:00am, Friday, 20 August, 2010.  Friends may visit the family at the church from 10:00 am.  A Graveside Service will be held by the family at Salt Lake City Cemetery, 1:00pm, Saturday, 21 August, 2010.

Arthur was preceded in death by his parents, his sister Barbara Parkes Lyon, brother Kenneth Parkes, and sister Darlene Parkes, and daughter-in-law Marilyn Hoffmann Parkes.  He is survived by his wife, Aileen Parkes; two sisters, Maureen Brown and Myrna Cunningham; his son Dale Arthur (Christine Stewart) Parkes of St. George, UT; daughters Carrie Parkes (Burke) Smith of Fallon, NV, Cindy Parkes (Dana) Barnett of Greeley, CO, Amy Parkes (Jesse) Vincent of Albany, OR; 13 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren.

A LOVING LEGACY

Charles Arthur Parkes was born 15 December 1927, second child and first son to Charles Edward Parkes and Oda Emilie Johansen Parkes, in Salt Lake City, UT.  He grew up with his family in Murray, UT, graduated from Murray HS, and served his country in the Navy as a hospital corpsman during WWII.

He married Aileen Ruth Haller, 22 May 1949, in Riverside, CA.  They were sealed in 1951 in the Salt Lake LDS Temple.  They loved, served, and created a perfect Christian home for their son and three daughters in the San Bernardino Mountains of Southern California.  Art owned and operated Crestline Pharmacy, served on the local School Board, and as Bishop of the Lake Arrowhead LDS Ward for 10 years.  The family removed to Orem, UT where Art eventually became Director of Pharmacy at Utah State Hospital, Provo.  Upon retirement, he and Aileen fulfilled a dream of serving a full-time LDS mission in the Canada Calgary Mission.

Art’s family had actually long been engaged in missionary work, both by example and by sharing their beliefs with friends and acquaintances.  Many happy LDS families around the country and abroad can trace their Church roots to the efforts of members of the Arthur Parkes Family.  In addition to Art & Aileen’s mission in Calgary, their posterity has so far served in the following mission fields:  Japan Tokyo, Australia Melbourne (Spanish), China Hong Kong, Brazil Campinas, Spain Bilbao, Brazil Sao Paulo, Taiwan Taichung, and Argentina Buenos Aires.

The Parkes have witnessed the temple weddings of all their children:

Dale Parkes to Marilyn Hoffmann (deceased) and Christine Stewart
Carrie Parkes to Burke Smith
Cindy Parkes to Dana Barnett
Amy Parkes to Jesse Parkes-Vincent

They have lived to see the temple weddings of 6 of their grandchildren and the coming of 6 great grandsons:

Aaron Parkes to Megan Brown (now living in Pleasant Grove, UT; 1 son, Brighton)
David Parkes to Erin Yamashita (now living in Santa Clara, CA; 1 son, Joshua)
Hilary Barnett to Shane Hansen (now living in Olympia, WA; 1 son, Finn)
Ian Barnett to Season Hale (now living in Phoenix, AZ)
John Parkes to Vanessa Porfiri (now living in Boise, ID; 1 son, Robert)
Michael Parkes to Emi Wald (now living in Orem, UT; 2 sons, Johnny and Damien)

The following grandchildren are unmarried:  Drew Barnett, Jesse Barnett, Cameron Wilson, Jason Vincent, Arron Vincent, Jordan Smith, Jerica Smith.

In fact Arthur and Aileen were on a “circle roadtrip” to witness the blessing of their great grandsons Robert and Finn and to witness the temple sealing of Amy & Jesse Parkes-Vincent when Art was taken ill and entered a hospital in Reno, NV, where he remained for one week before passing away on 13 August.  The Priesthood service rendered to each family member by this loving couple (married 61 years last May) was remarkable.

What a grand reunion he is having now! How thankful we are that his physical problems are over. None of his posterity have ever seen a man more beloved by so many. Friendly and helpful to all who knew him, Art was a rare one indeed "He had NO enemies".

He knew & honored his duty to God and to his family and served both faithfully to his last breath.  A better example of a Christ-like person would be hard find. Praise to God for the blessing of the BEST father ever.

Art’s devotion to his eternal companion, Aileen, was legendary.  It is impossible to imagine them apart.  We all knew that he had proposed marriage to her on “Friday the 13th” of August in 1948 – throughout their 61 year marriage, they celebrated it as an anniversary date every time a “Friday the 13th” rolled around.  We all felt it fitting, and more than coincidental, that he remained on earth until “Friday the 13th” of August 2010 – 62 years to the day after that historic proposal – before departing this life.

Thanks to all our family and friends for sending your love and best wishes our way!  Let us honor this great man and the life he lived so well, and remember beautiful and faithful Aileen, and be a blessing to her continually throughout her days.

“… Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things, enter thou into the joy of thy Lord.” (Matthew 25:21)