Cmdr. Harold Samuel Parr
Hal Parr, a loving husand and father, passed away on Patriot’s Day in a Veterans Home in Barstow after an eight-year battle with Parkinsons. He is now at peace. Hal is survived by his wife of 14 years, Maggie; daughter, Penny Thompson; grandson, Jamie and granddaughter, Terry; daughter, Jan (Don) Milligan and granddaughter, Ashley; stepdaughter, Anne (Joe) Rousek and grandchildren, Hayley, Daniel and Alexie, all of Crowley Lake; stepson, Peter Mullier and grandchildren, Lyndsay, Matthew and Page; and sister, Barbara Shar. His parents and brother Stanley are deceased.
Hal was born in rural New York. As a teenager, Hal’s strong work ethic revealed itself when he worked three jobs to help support his family.
Hal was also brought up to be a total gentleman, said Maggie, recalling that she and Hal, who was a bridge master, met at a bridge game on Valentine’s Day 1958. On their first date, Hal showed up at Maggie’s door with flowers, a box of chocolates and an umbrella as rain had been forecast – Hal was always prepared for every eventuality. One year after they met, the couple, who found true love in their second unions, married on Aug. 29, 1998, honeymooning on an Alaskan cruise. He was a very simple man with a very strong nature and yet very humble, Maggie said.
Hal was also very much a man’s man and he and his best friend and fishing buddy of many years, Andy Hill, fished all over the Eastern Sierra together. Before he became ill, fishing was Hal’s big passion, although he had always been very athletic and had a healthy sense of competition, enjoying tennis, horseback riding and swimming. Hal also loved gardening
Commander Parr was a lifer, serving his country for 30 years in the U.S. Navy, through three wars: World War II and the Korean and Vietnam wars. It is Hal’s wish that his ashes will scattered at sea and U.S. Navy personnel will carry out that wish off of the coast of San Diego.
For the first five years of his illness, Maggie took care of Hal at home and when she was unable to continue to do so, Hal moved into the Bishop Care Center, where Maggie visited him regularly until Hal was moved to Barstow. On one of her biweekly visits to Hal, a close friend of Maggie’s who drove her to visit Hal, said, “It was truly a wonderful experience for me to witness the love between you and Hal.”
“There was a great love between us,” Maggie said, “We had a love affair for 14 years; the first five were a honeymoon.” Maggie would like to honor Hal by sharing the garden he nurtured and loved so well. There will be outdoor memorial, by invitation only, for close friends and family at her and Hal’s home in Bishop.
A low mass will be said for Hal at 7 a.m. June 25 at Our Lady of Perpetual Help. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the VFW in Hal’s memory. Checks should be made out “Bishop VFW Post 8988” and delivered to 484 Short St., Bishop CA 93514.