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Otis Wayne Parks

July 17, 1933 ~ January 28, 2024 (age 90) 90 Years Old

Otis Parks Obituary

Otis Wayne Parks of Deary, ID—beloved husband, father, grandfather, pastor, and friend to all—died on January 28, 2024.  He was 90.

Otis was born in Diamond, WA, on July 17, 1933, to Robert and Mabel (Harms) Parks.  The third of six siblings, Otis attended high school in Cheney, WA and went on to graduate from Upper Columbia Academy, class of 1952, in Spangle, WA.  Following graduation he returned to the family farm, purchased dairy cows and started a ‘Grade A’ dairy in Priest River, ID. The dairy was to be short lived, when he was drafted into U.S. Army and left for the service from 1953-55.  He determined to return to his educational pursuits, graduating in 1963 from Walla Walla College, with a Bachelor’s in Theology.  Otis felt called to serve in the ministry for the Seventh-Day Adventist Church and continued his ministerial studies at Andrew’s University Theological Seminary, in Berrien Springs, MI.  It was during this time that he met “the love of his life,” Ann, and they married in March of 1968. The couple have been married for 56 years, together parenting six children and serving in pastoral appointments from 1968-1998, in Kansas, Maryland, Virginia and most recently, as pastor of the Troy & Deary, ID SDA churches, from 1986-98.   

While pastoring his churches in Idaho, Otis & Ann also enjoyed living the farm life; raising large gardens, farming grain or hay on their property and raising & riding numerous paint horses for many years. They were in leadership roles for the Adventist Horseman’s Association and often led group horse-pack trips into the wilderness areas of Idaho and Washington, on behalf of the Upper Columbia Conference of Seventh-Day Adventists. For many summers, they organized and led an annual Cowboy Camp Meeting for fellow Christian horse enthusiasts and friends. In later years of their ministry, Otis & Ann travelled to several other continents, sharing their faith in Jesus and leading evangelism in India, Africa, Russia, the Philippines and Costa Rica. Throughout their retirement, they have continued in service to their community with their involvement with, and fundraising to support the Adventist Community Services centers in Deary and Troy, ID.

Otis is survived by wife, Ann; daughter, Becky Parks of Laughlin, NV; daughter Yvonne Shahan of Hot Springs, MT; daughter, Jody Boothby of Deary, ID; son, Randy & Dee Dickinson, of Johannesburg, South Africa; daughter, Melodie Simcock, of Mount Vernon, WA; son, Edward & Patty Parks of Walla Walla, WA; 14 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren; and brothers, Dennis and Nick Parks.  He is preceded in death by his sister, Evelyn Lauzon; brother, Duane Parks; brother, Perry Parks; a firstborn, infant son, Clifford Parks; a son-in-law, Lon Boothby and a grandson, Aaron Lacey.   

Otis’ life and ministry will be celebrated at a memorial service on Saturday March 23, 2024, at 3:30 at the Troy Seventh-Day Adventist Church. In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to Adventist Community Services of Deary & Troy, P.O. Box 383, Troy, ID 83871.

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Memorial Service
March 23, 2024

3:30 PM
Troy Seventh Day Adventist Church
1158 Big Meadow Rd
Troy, ID 83871
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