Happy 90th Birthday!: Joseph F. Parkinson

Saturday , March 10, 2018 - 10:00 PM

Reader Submitted

Happy 90th Birthday to Joseph F. Parkinson.

Joseph was born March 9, 1928, in Wellsville, Utah, to Henry Harold Williamson Parkinson and Wahneta Frank Parkinson. He spent his childhood working on the family farm. He graduated from South Cache High School and attended Utah State University.

Joseph proudly served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and is a member of the "greatest generation." He served on the submarine USS Barracuda, and the minesweeper USS Requisite in both the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans, and the Caribbean.

Joseph married Cleon Richards on September 29, 1949, in the Salt Lake Temple. They have been married for 68 years and have three children: Joseph D. (Marla) Parkinson, Marlene (Jim) Cummings, JoAnn (Rick) Wessman; nine grandchildren, and 15 great-grandchildren with one on the way. He and his wife, Cleon, still reside in their home in Washington Terrace, where they have lived for over 60 years.

Joseph spent over 40 years working for the Federal Government: first for the Army at 2nd Street and then at Hill Air Force Base (HAFB). After he retired from HAFB, he spent time working construction. Joseph is a skilled illustrator, woodworker, and painter; he especially enjoyed painting landscapes.

While he was still able to, Joseph enjoyed traveling with his wife, exploring the U.S. and the LDS Church history sites. They also looked forward to spending time in Arizona during January. He was an avid hunter and fisherman and enjoyed camping at their mountain property at Sourdough.

Joseph is a faithful member of the LDS Church, and has held numerous callings over the years including serving a stake mission. He has a deep testimony of Jesus Christ and has tried to live a Christ-like life. He could always be counted on to help those in need and be a good neighbor. He loves his family and is very proud of every one of them.

Joseph was honored with a birthday dinner at the home of his daughter, Marlene Cummings.


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