William Dunning Parkinson Jr.
Bill was born April 12, 1924 in Picabo, ID to William D. Parkinson and Rose (Jacobs) Parkinson. He graduated from Gem State Academy in Caldwell, ID and studied pre-med at Walla Walla College, until he was drafted into the Army in 1943. Bill was honorably discharged in November of 1945. He married Margaret Louise Parkinson on May 30, 1955, in Boise, ID. Soon after, Bill took a position running the laboratory at Malheur Memorial Hospital in Nyssa, OR, where his daughter, Stephanie, was born. From there, they lived briefly in Spokane, WA, where their second child, William “Skip”, was born. They eventually moved to the Seattle area. In 1966, Bill was transferred to New Jersey, where he worked in the home office of Becton Dickinson, a medical technology company that manufactures and sells medical devices and instrument systems. Two years later, the family relocated to Concord, CA, where Bill managed a regional sales staff for B.D. Desiring to be back in the Pacific Northwest, the family returned to the Seattle area in 1970. Bill continued to work for Becton Dickinson until he retired in 1992, about the time that Bill and Marge relocated to Wenatchee to enjoy a dryer, sunnier climate, and be closer to their children and beloved grandchild, Darcy. Bill will always be remembered as a devoted husband, loving father and grandfather and a proud and patriotic American.
Bill is survived by his wife, Margaret Louise Parkinson of their home in Wenatchee; daughter, Stephanie Johnson of Wenatchee; son, Skip (Tammie) Parkinson of Wenatchee; and granddaughter, Darcy Johnson of Kirkland, WA.
A Funeral Service will be held at Telford’s Chapel of the Valley, Tuesday, July 9, 2013, at 2:00 p.m. Concluding Services and Interment will follow at the Wenatchee Cemetery. Arrangements made by Telford’s Chapel of the Valley.