LAKEWOOD — Longtime Alamosa resident James “Garland” Parker, 83, died Nov. 14, 2012 at St. Anthony Medical Center in Lakewood, Colo.
He was born on May 28, 1929 in Salida, Colo, to Charlie and Oda Parker.
Garland spent 10 years as a switch man for the Rio Grande Railroad, and then worked for 27 years for the Alamosa Police Department. Following his retirement, he went back to work for 20 years with the Alamosa County Detox Center.
Garland was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and held many callings in the church. He enjoyed fishing, spending time with his family and watching football.
His parents; his son, Jim Parker; grandson, Todd Parker; brothers, Stanley and Howard Parker and one niece, Joan Sexton, preceded him in death.
He is survived by his wife Kathyrn “Kay” Parker of Alamosa; his children, Carol Parker of Alamosa and Aundy (Pepper) Martin of Denver; his grandchildren, Clayton Parker, Chad Parker, Pepper Martin and Olivia Martin; four great-grandchildren and one niece, Janet Burns of Castle Rock, Colo.
The funeral service was held at 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 19, at the Alamosa 3rd Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Burial was in the Alamosa Cemetery.
Memorial contributions are suggested to the LDS Missionary fund and may be made in care of Rogers Family Mortuary in Alamosa, which is in care of the arrangements. To leave condolences for the family please visit www.rogersfunerals.com and sign the online guestbook.