George D. Parish
George D. Parish, 93, of Scottsdale, Arizona, joined his Lord God on March 21, 2019. George was born October 22, 1925 in Macomb, Illinois to the late George Lowell and Caroline (Dettmer) Parish. He was preceded in death by his wife Loretta (Splan) Parish and his brother Jack Parish. He is survived by his four children Carol Parish, Paul Parish (Linda Diekvoss), James Parish (Denise), Joan Parish and six grandchildren Kyle Parish, Katie Mueller (Jeff), Lysa Diekvoss, Emily Rajakovich (Steve), Brian Parish, Julia Hearon (Duff), six great grandchildren James, JJ, Dain, Ava, Sophia and Rose, two nieces Sandra Tysor and Janet Parish and his beloved Adeline Gilbert.
George lived a good and noble life. He focused his life on the happiness of others. Everyone who knew George saw his humanity, not his ego, and he never strove for fame. Above everything he was a family man and was a great husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather and friend. He was hard working and dedicated to his family. He was always friendly, kind and humble. He was honest and generous. Material things were never important to him. But he did love to play golf. He lived his Catholic faith and now resides for eternity in Heaven.
George graduated from Monmouth, Illinois High School in the spring of 1943 and enlisted in the United States Army Air Forces. He was discharged in October 1945.
During the summer of 1945 while still in the Army Air Forces and having ridden the tram across town from Lowry Field, he notice a pretty girl across the dance floor at the El Patio Ballroom of Denver's Lakeside Amusement Park and knew he would marry her. With probably not more than $1 dollar between them, he married Loretta Splan, she the valedictorian of her high school of 1942, on February 16, 1946 and they were married almost 54 years until she passed away on September 9, 1999. George and Loretta lived their Catholic faith and built their family of four children centered around Saint Mary Magdalene Catholic Church and School in northeast Denver. Carol, a retired school superintendent, who resides in Scottsdale, AZ, was born in 1948. Paul, a retired management consultant, who resides in the Denver suburb of Littleton, CO, and is married to Linda Diekvoss, was born in 1949. James, a physician at Mayo Clinic Scottsdale, who resides in Scottsdale, AZ and is married to Denise (Tillemans) Parish, was born in 1952. And, Joan Parish, a retired nurse/attorney, who resides in the Seattle suburb of Tukwila, WA, was born in 1956.
After his discharge from the Army Air Forces George began work at the United States Bureau of Reclamation and worked various other evening and weekend jobs. Using the GI Bill, he began his more than eight-year college journey at the University of Denver night school in January 1946.
By taking classes every Tuesday and Thursday night graduated with the degree of Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with an emphasis in Accounting in 1954. He went to work for the F. W. Woolworth Company in Denver in 1957 in the real estate department. His great memory while working in Denver was helping negotiate the lease for what was then “The World’s Largest Variety Store” located in downtown Denver. He was promoted to Woolworth’s Minneapolis office in 1963 and then to the Chicago area office as head of real estate for the Midwest region in 1964 where the family lived in the northwestern suburb of Arlington Heights, IL. He retired after 30 years in 1987 at age 62.
George and Loretta built their dream house in the southern Phoenix, AZ suburb of Ahwatukee on the sixth fairway of Ahwatukee Lakes Golf Club. They were founding members of Corpus Christi Catholic Church in Ahwatukee and were active volunteers. With Loretta being retired from United Airlines, they were frequent travelers, especially to Hawaii. After Loretta’s death, George continued to live in Ahwatukee until 2008 when he moved to North Scottsdale into The Manor Village at Scottsdale, where he enjoyed an active and social life until late 2017 when he relocated to Assisted Living until his death. He felt blessed to meet and establish a loving relationship with Adeline Gilbert and was never happier than the days his whole family came to surround him at the dinner table.
Arrangements are in the care of Messinger Mortuary, 7601 E Indian School Road, Scottsdale. A funeral mass will be held for George at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, 10815 N 84th Street, Scottsdale, 85260 at 1:00 pm, Thursday, March 28 with a reception following at the church. Later this spring a Denver area service will be held at Mt. Olivet Cemetery of the Archdiocese of Denver.
Memorial donations may be made in memory of George to St. Mary’s Food Bank of Phoenix.