Thomas ParsonsThomas W. Parsons, 87, Shoreline, Wash., formerly of Jamestown
Thomas W. Parsons, 87, Shoreline, Wash., formerly of Jamestown, died Sept. 4, 2009, after a battle with cancer.
Mr. Parsons was born Nov. 26, 1921, in Chicago, the son of Irish immigrants, William and Nora (Caulfield) Parsons. He grew up in Jamestown. He joined the U.S. Army in 1941 and served for five years during World War II. He was recalled for an additional two years during the Korean War. He served in Europe as an infantry commissioned officer and received many medals, which include the Bronze Star, Purple Heart and the Combat Infantry Badge. He married Mildred Jordan. She died and he married Bette LeFervre Griffin. He owned and operated Terra Construction Company where he worked in land development, athletic fields, road rebuilding shopping malls, etc. He was involved in excavating and grading the athletic field for St. Luke Catholic Church and designed the landscaping of the church. He was a former board member of the King County Citizen Advisory for Surface Water Management and a former member of the Seattle Rod and Gun Club. He was a member of St. Luke Catholic Church, where he served as head usher, St. Vincent DePaul, Olympic Golf Club and the Knights of Columbus since 1939. He also attended St. Mark Catholic Church. In 2004, he was awarded the Fourth Degree with the Knights of Columbus.
He is survived by his wife, Bette; a son, Shawn (Sue); a daughter, Kathy (Charlie) Kautz; a brother, Eamon; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Services: 11 a.m. Thursday, St. Luke Catholic Church, 322 N. 175th St., Shoreline.
Prayer service: 7 p.m. today at the church. Arrangements by Beck’s Funeral Home, Edmonds, Wash.
Burial: Holyrood Catholic Cemetery, Shoreline.
Memorials: in lieu of flowers, to Foundation for the Advancement of Catholic Education, P.O. Box 1432, Jamestown, N.D., 58402-1432.
Online guestbook: www. becksfuneralhome.com
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