He was born on June 14, 1947, in Kodiak, the eldest of four children born to Irene Christofferson Parker and Marion Parker. Except for forays out of state for college at Willamette University and the Army during the Vietnam era, he made his beloved island his home.
Allen was a man of many talents, spending his early working career fishing, mostly with Thorvold “Boss” Olsen on the F/V Polar Star and longshoreing in the off seasons. With the demise of crabbing in the 1980s he started longshoreing full time and fishing Dungeness crab and halibut with his good friend, Eric Hansen on the F/V Freya.
Allen enjoyed all that his homeland had to offer, often going on hunting or on fishing trips and always sharing the bounty with friends and family who didn’t have the opportunity or ability to do so.
He also kept meticulous birthday records of his friends and would call and sing “Happy Birthday” to them every year, something that many will miss greatly, as it was a long tradition.
In the early 1990s he met Judy Heller and after a long friendship they came to live together until his recent death.
Their mutual love of sport fishing and the out of doors gave them 20 years of high adventure on and around Kodiak Island. He became the official “native tour guide” for Judy’s family when they would visit.
He also became close to the rest of her family (from Portland, Oregon and Maui, Hawaii), and had a special affinity with her eldest brother Dave and his son, Chris, due to their mutual passion for a good day of fishing. To Al, every day fishing was a good day.
His eldest son, Garrick moved to the State of Washington for much of his teen years, but returned after high school.
He married Stacy (Froehlich) Parker and gave Allen two beautiful granddaughters, Jasmine and Kyra, whom he adored.
Garrick owns and operates Kodiak Ocean Safety Services Inc. which is integral to the fishing industry.
His youngest son, Allen (Chip) Parker is enjoying a successful life in Salt Lake City, Utah, doing what he loves and enjoying the single life.
Allen was very close to his immediate family, most of whom reside in Kodiak. This includes his sister Cheryl and her husband Melvin Borton and their children Richard and wife Melissa, Adam, Chad and his wife Allison, Karol and Robert Falk of Lynden, Wash., and his sister Chyleen McDougal and her children Randal and Brian of Eugene, Ore.
His brother Ken Parker left the island years ago but his children Christopher Parker and Michelle and Aaron Witt stayed in touch with Allen. Many grand-nieces and nephews will miss their “Unc” as well.
Allen was also a member of the Natives of Kodiak, Koniag Native Corporation, the VFW and his beloved American Legion.
He loved to bowl and had only recently retired from the league, but stayed on as a sub even during cancer treatment.
He was a huge man in all respects and fought his disease like it was an annoyance rather than a terminal illness. He worked at the Horizon Lines docks until two weeks before his death.
On behalf of Allen, Judy and their families, we would like to personally thank the American Cancer Society, Cyndy Parker and the whole Era crew, both here and in Anchorage, for their kindness and assistance in the chaos of his battle as he travelled back and forth to Anchorage every other week.
As Allen always said, “The tide waits for no man,” but it did for him. We will miss you Parkie!
As Allen wanted, we are having a going-away party at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 8 at the American Legion. Bring a dish if you wish, and plenty of smiles and good stories to share.