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San Francisco Bay Cities Quartet Chapter, The Barbershop Harmony Society
Clarence Eugene Parker
April 30, 1926 - January 30, 2011
Beloved Father and Grandfather, Clarence "Casey" Parker, age 84, passed away peacefully in his sleep at home on Sunday, 30th of January 2011. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends. He was born April 30, 1926 to Theodore Clifford Parker and Lena Maude Hopfield in Sacramento, California.
Growing up in Oregon and primarily California, Casey graduated from Covina High School in 1944. In 1944 he entered into the service of the United States Navy ROTC and was sponsored to enroll in the University of Southern California. He transferred to U.C. Berkeley where he graduated in1949 with a BSEE and was eventually commissioned with the rank of Lieutenant Commander after 18 years of service in the United States Naval Reserves. He began his career at the U.S. Naval Radiological Defense Laboratory in San Francisco with assignments on nuclear weapons test sites in the South Pacific Eniwetok Atoll and Nevada. During his career he received an MSCS degree from the University of Southern California and later completed the Ph.D. program at UCLA. He continued in Naval Research until his retirement in 1979.
While living in San Francisco, Casey met Dolores Contioso. They were married in 1951 and had four children. He is survived by Dolores and his four children: Larry Parker, Ray Parker (Tammy), Roy Parker and Carol Noble. In addition, he is survived by his four grandchildren: Thomas Parker, Anna Parker, Claire Parker, and Marc Noble. He was a member of Kappa Alpha Fraternity and active in Glee Clubs at both USC and U.C. Berkeley where he also became involved in Barbershop Quartet singing. He joined SPEBSQSA in 1947 and retained a membership for over 60 years. Also, he was an aircraft pilot, professional engineer, college professor, member of I.E.E.E. and an FM radio host for KKUP in Cupertino.