Craig Parker went home to the arms of his Heavenly Father and Savior Jesus Christ on December 4, 2019. Craig is survived by his beloved wife Kerry Esther Parker and 6 children: Annie (Timothy) Amundsen, Elizabeth (Daniel) Thorup, Kathleen (Raymond) Heidt, Hannah (Joshua) Zuniga, Max (Brianna) Parker, and Fred Parker; 10 grandchildren: Amelia, Luke, Everly, Edric, Cecily, Maverick, Madilyn, Diana, Tucker and a grandson due in March; mother Myrtle Elizabeth Parker; and 5 siblings: Jim Parker, Curtis Parker, Raymond Parker, Andrea Willis, and Lauri Astel. He is preceded in death by his father Clyde Monroe Parker.
Craig Wendell Parker was born January 31, 1955 in Snowflake, AZ. He was the fourth son of Clyde and Myrtle Parker. In 1973 he graduated from Mesa High. Throughout his life, Craig was athletic and physically strong. He enjoyed many sports, both as a spectator and participant. He especially enjoyed playing softball. As a faithful member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, he served a Spanish speaking mission in the New York, New York Mission, where his testimony and love of his Savior strengthened. Craig married his one and only true eternal love Kerry on November 16, 1985 in the Mesa, Arizona Temple.
He always made sure to take care of his family and loved them unconditionally. He cherished family time—whether on family camping trips, a night at the movie theater, or to Disneyland. He leaves a legacy of treasuring family ties.
Craig was a lifelong learner. His mind was never happy remaining idle. He found entertainment in brain puzzles, crosswords, Sudoku and teaching himself languages. He carried a pen and pad of paper with him, many times with complicated sketches all done using math and science. He loved helping his children with their homework. Calculus, trigonometry, biology, chemistry, physics, astronomy—it didn’t matter which subject, he was teeming with knowledge. Many times, his lessons at the kitchen table were more in depth, fascinating and longer than the actual class!
Craig had a warm and cheery personality, with just the right amount of humor that drew many people to him. It was always a delight to be around him at family and social gatherings! He had an ability to make people feel happy and comfortable. Craig was a hardworking and caring individual who was always willing to take the time to help those around him. Over the years, Craig served in many ward and stake callings. He served honorably, and with love and dedication. He carried a Christ-like light about him and ensured that his wife, children and grandchildren knew of his everlasting testimony.
For all those who would like to share in celebrating the life of this great man, a viewing will be held for Craig on Friday, December 13, 2019 from 6-8pm at Bunker Family Funerals- 3529 E University Dr. Mesa, AZ 85213. There will also be a viewing from 9-10am on Saturday, December 14, 2019 followed by a funeral service at 10:00am at the LDS Church building on 5350 E McLellan Rd. Mesa, AZ 85205. A Venmo account has been set up for donations to aid in the funeral expenses. www.venmo.com/KerryParker or through the Venmo app: @KerryParker