Richard Parker Moffat Jr., known to all as Parker, passed away on October 22, 2020 while his family watched from a phone outside of the hospital. He suffered a heart attack believed to be caused by an infection in his lungs and blockages to his heart. The real cause of death may actually be a result of giving his heart away throughout his 68 years.
“Park”, as the second of seven, learned the art of caring for others early. His brother Roger said, “as my older brother, I have always looked up to Parker and strived to be like him.” His baby sister Mindy said of her brother, “He was my rock and my steady. He was at all my major milestones when dad couldn’t be there. He always made me feel taken care of.”
Parker leaves behind “the zig to his zag”, his sweetheart Peggy. They were family friends when they were young, and Peg said, “I loved him from the minute I knew him. I knew he was going to be my husband.” She called him her quiet silent type man, the background man. If she made dinner, he washed the dishes. When she hosted parties, he built her extra-large tables to hold her big family. He set up the jokes, and she had the punchline. When James Taylor was on, he took the lead, and they danced cheek to cheek. On November 7, they would be married 46 years.
“Pa” will also be greatly missed by his 6 children. Parker is one to quietly and quickly respond to his family when needed. His siblings and children can each recall numerous things that have been fixed, painted, created, or solved by him during his visits. It brought him joy to show up in his “paint clothes” to work for those he loved. This year alone, he personally painted walls in three of his kid’s homes.
“Grandpa”, or “Papa”, also leaves 18 brokenhearted grandchildren, ages 17 to 10 months. Few enjoyed holding babies or bouncing toddlers on his knees as did this sweet-hearted old man. Somewhere, Parker is walking a beach, with wet sand in his toes, softly talking to the baby in his arms. His oldest grandchild, Jacie, 17, has a photo of her grandpa fishing with her as a little girl and she captioned it “another angel.” His influence on these children will be profound and leave a legacy of one who gave his heart to others.
His loss will be felt among the community and shared by many as he served in his church and ministered to hundreds over the course of his life. He helped to create smiles all over the valley as the owner of Moffat Dental Ceramics for over 40 years. He created lifelong friendships with many doctors and staff. One doctor and friend said this week, “I loved coming to chat with Parker. He made me late for many appointments talking with him.”
He went about doing good, quietly serving his neighbors, his friends, his family, and those in his church. Charity and service were his gifts, and he brought joy, and homemade ice cream to countless homes. If he disappeared on any given evening, you could likely find him in the bedroom or doorstep of a dear friend or family with carton of love and a comforting hug.
He is preceded in death by his father, Richard Parker Moffat, and his sister Marty Slade. He is survived by his wife Peggy (Arnett) Moffat, his mother Lorraine Moffat, and his siblings Chris/Kent Rhodes, Merry Anne/Steve Prince, Craig/Diana Moffat, Roger/Christine Moffat, and Mindy/Eldon Thomas.
He also leaves his children Rich/Loretta Moffat, Rob/Courtney Moffat, Mac/Camille Moffat, Jacob/Emily Moffat, Megan/Chris Clifford, and Madison/Jon Lemaire.
His grandchildren: Jacie Moffat, Cameron Moffat, Jonathan Parker Moffat, Daisy Moffat, Sabrina Moffat, McKenna Moffat, Chantelle Moffat, Jay Moffat, Zac Moffat, Jasper Moffat, Sterling Moffat, Violet Moffat, Ruby Moffat, Boston Clifford, Reese Clifford, Emery Clifford, Dallas Clifford, and Bennett Lemaire.
A viewing will be held Sunday November 1, 2020 at Bunker Family Garden Chapel 6:00-8:00 PM. Masks required and social distancing enforced.
Funeral services will be held 10:00 AM Monday, November 2, 2020 at Parker’s home church building. Seating will be limited with masks required and social distancing enforced. The services will also be streamed live. Click to participate online. https://youtu.be/5MIkikqVgLU
Parker will be buried in the Mesa Cemetery.