Jul 11, 2013 - StaffChristopher Lee Parker, formerly of Fremont County, died Thursday, July 12, 2012, in Howard, Colo. He was 58 years old.
He was born May 7, 1955, at Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi, Miss., the son of Shirley Elizabeth (Groom) Parker and Air Force Officer Howard Witham Parker.
He was only 6 weeks old when he traveled with his family to a new USAF base in Spangdahlem, Germany. In 1958, the family moved to Minneapolis, where he attended Lake Harriet and Fulton Elementary Schools and graduated from Southwest High School with honors.
He earned a bachelor's degree in chemistry from the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, Colo. He worked as a chemist at Geneva Pharmaceuticals before moving to Lander. There he taught for more than 10 years and pursued post-graduate studies in horticulture at the University of Wyoming and microbiology at Central Wyoming College and became a registered environmental health specialist/registered sanitarian.
His family said he was admired for his keen intelligence, and he had a gentle and caring nature and paid attention to the spiritual. They said he enjoyed cycling, hiking, baseball, music and playing guitar.
He is survived by his sister, Patricia (Lee Charlton), of Santa Rosa, Calif.; brother Richard; nephews Harvey and Ian of Hopkins, Minn.; and by a wide network of friends across the nation.
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