M. Dean Parsons, 86, of Hoquiam, Washington, passed away on March 1, 2020, at Tacoma General Hospital in Tacoma, Washington. He was born on March 21, 1933, in Crabtree, Oregon, to John and Ann Parsons. He was the youngest of four siblings. Dean attended high school in Eugene, Oregon, where he met his first wife, Shirley Ann Jeske. Together they raised three sons.
He attended the University of Washington and was a proud UW alumnus. Dean was an outstanding athlete lettering in football, track and basketball. Other athletic achievements include; All Pacific Coast Basketball (1955); UW Sports Hall of Fame (1980), and UW School of Civil Engineering, Most Outstanding Intercollegiate Athlete in the Last 100 years (1898-1998); and the UW Fir Tree in recognition of leadership and service (1955). He earned his B.S. in civil engineering (1957). AAU Buchan Baker championship team. (buchanbakers.com)
In his free time, he enjoyed mentorship, taught sports and enjoyed the outdoors. He led by example and instilled the value of hard work, education and responsibility to all. Dean always helped those less fortunate.
Survived by children, Mitchell Dean Parsons of Loveland, Colorado, Michael David Parsons (Barbara) of Roseville, California, and Shane Kerrigan of Hoquiam, Washington, daughter, Mykalah Mae Parsons-Kerrigan of Hoquiam, Washington, grandsons, Kyle M. Parsons (Jennifer) of Rocklin, California, Justin M. Baker Parsons of Greeley, Colorado, sister JoAnne Carey of Chino Hills, California, granddaughter, Nichelle L. “Nikki” Parsons of Rocklin, California, three great-grandchildren and numerous nephews, cousins and family across the U.S.
He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Ann L. Parsons of Eugene, Oregon, brothers, Robert Parsons of Springfield, Oregon, Jack Parsons of Walla Walla, Washington, and son, Martin Douglas “Marty” Parsons of Albany, Oregon.
Thanks to family, friends and neighbors who loved and helped Dean while he lived in Hoquiam. A very special Thank You to the entire staff at Midland Tacoma General for providing the most comprehensive care for Dean and compassion for his family.
We are working with Coleman Mortuary in Hoquiam, Washington, and funeral plans are scheduled for Friday, March 27, at 2 p.m. for graveside service only at Sunset Memorial Park in Hoquiam, Washington. A short reception following graveside service will be held at Hoquiam Elks Lodge. Please feel free to contact Mitch Parsons at (970) 214-2800 for updated information.
In lieu of flowers, family wishes for people to make donations to any children’s charity of their choice in Dean’s memory.
Please take a few moments to record your thoughts for the family by signing the online register at www.colemanmortuary.net.