Parsons, Richard Douglas
Doug Parsons of Arvada, CO died December 7, 2021. He was born in Oceanside, Long Island, New York June 13, 1947. He moved to southern California when he was under a year old and lived there until 2011 when he moved to Colorado.
Doug is survived by his beloved spouse, Alice A. Parsons of Arvada, CO with whom he shared a loving romance for ten years. Doug is also survived by three children: Cristina Curtina of Long Beach, CA, Patricia Beggs of Mira Loma, CA, and Richard Parsons of Westminster, CO. Daughter, Amy Parsons of San Diego, CA predeceased him. His first wife, Sarah “Sally” predeceased him. He is also survived by sister, Deborah Nelson of McKinleyville, CA. Brother and another sister predeceased him. Doug also leaves three step-children: Travis Shirey of Arvada, CO, Matthew Shirey of Murfreesborough, TN, and Jessica Shirey of Titusville, FL. He also leaves 18 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren, all of whom he was very proud of and very happy to have. He leaves many friends, a good number of whom he made in later life.
Doug had a great sense of humor and could be mischievous at times. He loved conversation and would talk with anyone who was willing. He had dozens of good anecdotes which he shared with anyone. He also shared his wisdom and gave good advice to anyone requesting some. Everyone who knew Doug cared about him and respected him.
Doug graduated from El Monte High School in El Monte, CA in 1965. He went on to a four year apprenticeship program as a pipefitter. He worked his entire adult life as a pipefitter out of Local 250 in California. He retired at age 59.
Doug’s hobbies included fishing, golf, dancing, and travel. He traveled extensively, both domestic and foreign travel, with his wife, Alice. He played golf with the North Jeffco Senior Golf League starting in 2011 and served as Vice President of the league for three years. He also enjoyed thrill seeking adventures such as ziplining, Segway riding, white water rafting, parasailing, etc. He was a member of the Elks for many years, both in CO and CA. Doug was quite proud of his Scottish ancestry and loved to dress in his Scottish attire and attend Celtic festivals. He was active in liberal politics and served as a delegate to the local, county, and state caucuses in the 2016 presidential election.
Doug had this to say about his life, ” I had great marriages; wonderful children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and friends; and many great, exciting adventures.”
The only service will be a “Celebration of Life” party to be held in April 2022. Contributions can be made in Doug’s name to National Jewish Health, 1400 Jackson St., Suite S718I, Denver, CO 80206 or on line to njhealth.org
Published by Denver Post on Jan. 23, 2022.