John Nolan Parker

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HUNTSVILLE, ALA. - John Nolan Parker, 55 of Huntsville, Ala, died Mar. 9, 2017, surrounded by family and friends. He was born in Big Spring to Nolan and Martha Parker of Stanton. He spent his childhood years growing up in Stanton, and later attended college at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, NM. After graduation, he worked at White Sands Missile Range in Alamogordo, NM. In 1989, he moved to Huntsville to work for Nichols Research. He also worked for several different contractors until beginning work as a software engineer. He spent 29 years working on the Multiple Launch Rocket System for the US Army Department of Defense. In his 20s, he was a powerlifter, and then added a love for motorcycles in his 30s, with his wife Lona as his steadfast co-pilot. He also loved to travel, explore and work in different countries. His family knows he would have loved to travel with Andrew Zimmern to sample bizarre and exotic foods. He had a love of poetry, movies and never turned down a great cup of coffee. He especially liked to watch Marvel movies with daughter Zoe and sharing with her ways to navigate through life. He found pure and absolute joy, and radiated a father’s special love, when watching Zoe dance. He was a gentle giant of a man, born with the heart of a poet and philosopher, in great contrast to his work as an engineer. He is preceded in death by his parents, Nolan and Martha Parker, and his brother, Richard Parker. Survivors include his wife Lona, his daughter Zoe both of Huntsville, Ala., brother Louis Parker, sister-in-law June Parker, several nephews and all the friends he acquired along this journey.

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