West Seattle Blog… | Remembering Jeffrey L. Parsons, 1947-2022
Family and friends remember Jeffrey L. Parsonsand sharing this memory with his community:
Jeffrey Lloyd Parson
May 3, 1947 to February 10, 2022
Jeffrey “Jeff” Parsons was born on May 3, 1947, the youngest child of Lloyd and Dorothy Parsons. Jeff was born and raised in West Seattle and was the “favorite brother” to his two older sisters, Kay and Judy. He died at home on February 10, 2022, surrounded by his family, after a brief illness.
Jeff attended EC Hughes Elementary, Denny Middle School, and Sealth High School, graduating with the Class of 1965. He had many fun adventures with childhood friends and fellow Boy Scouts and was an active member of Calvary Lutheran Church.
In 1967 Jeff joined the United States Navy Reserve and completed his training and service at the Naval Air Reserve Training Unit in Memphis, TN and the Naval Air Reserve Training Command in Los Alamitos, CA. Upon returning to Seattle, he chose to follow in his father’s footsteps and completed a sheet metal fabrication apprenticeship program at Seattle Community College. Jeff pursued a lifelong career in commercial sheet metal working at several Seattle-area stores, with most of his career spent at Holaday-Parks, Inc., in Tukwila, where he was a shop superintendent and proud member of Local 66. He retired after 38 years in 2010.
In the late 1960s Jeff met the love of his life, Sally Paton, and they married in 1970. Jeff and Sally had over 50 years together raising two children, Maureen and Chris, and building a mountain cabin for their family in the remote community of Stehekin, WA. Jeff loved his outdoor adventures in Stehekin and the time he spent with his many friends in the Stehekin community. He enjoyed hiking, camping, and fishing with his family, and enjoyed road trips through the Northwest, Alaska, and Canada.
A gifted carpenter and metalworker, Jeff spent many happy hours tinkering in his workshop and especially enjoyed working on projects with his father, son and grandsons. A kind and generous friend and neighbor to many, he looked forward to his daily trips to West Seattle to reunite with friends and family and deliver cookies to his grandchildren. He enjoyed watching his youngest grandson’s baseball, soccer, and basketball games, and he enjoyed listening to his oldest grandson’s violin and piano concerts. Jeff loved all things vintage; from collectible toys to historic photographs of Stehekin and Lake Chelan, Jeff has spent hours curating his fascinating collection. His epic sense of humor was well known and he was loved by family, friends and neighbors for his ability to fix anything.
Jeff’s love for his family was unconditional. Rain or shine, Jeff could be counted on to help no matter the situation, with a strong spirit and a tireless work ethic. He was able to provide his family with decades of security, opportunity and fond memories. He never seemed to ask for anything in return except the company of his family, which was readily granted due to his easy-going personality and aforementioned sense of humor. He will be greatly missed.
Jeff is survived by his wife of 51 years, Sally (Paton) Parsons; his daughter Maureen Parsons and grandsons Aidan and Ian Busby; son Chris Parsons (Liz Browning); sister Judy Parsons; sister Kay McAvinew (Jerry) and their children Tony McAvinew and Tracy (Tim) Powell; sisters-in-law Sue Lesmeister (Bob) and Diane Peel (Omar); and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, Lloyd and Dorothy Parsons, and his sister-in-law Laurie Williams.
In lieu of flowers, the family is asking for donations to the American Cancer Society.
Please share memories, condolences and photos with Jeff’s family at bonneywatson.com/obituary/jeffrey-lloyd-parsons. A private family service will be held at Washington Memorial Park at SeaTac.
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