In Memory

Eldon Ray Parkinson

Eldon Ray Parkinson


Eldon Ray Parkinson

March 8, 1944 ~ June 14, 1967

OGDEN, Utah -

Eldon Ray Parkinson, 23, of 663 N. 1200 W, Slaterville, Utah died Wednesday, June 14, 1967 at the Thomas Dee Memorial Hospital of a heart attack, which was likely induced by a work-related accident that injured his chest.

Mr. Parkinson was born March 8, 1944, in Ogden, a son of Raymond Banner and Marjorie Slater Parkinson.

He was reared and educated in Weber County Schools, including Wahlquist Junior High, and he graduated from Weber High School and Weber Seminary in 1962, where he also participated in football, wrestling and generally loved playing many sports.

Eldon from the Wahlquist JH Yearbook, 9th grade, 1958-59

On April 17, 1963, he married Karen Swaner in the Logan, Utah LDS Temple.

He began work for Wilson and Company in 1962 and was employed as a meat cutter at the time of his death.

Eldon was a member of the Meat Cutters Union and the LDS Slaterville Ward. He had been an activity counselor in the YMMIA and was the coach of the senior softball team of the Slaterville Ward. He was also a member of the Wilson and Company baseball team.

Surviving were his widow, a daughter, Gwen Parkinson, both of Slaterville; his parents, Slaterville; grandparents, Mrs. Sarah T. Later, Marriott; Mrs. Cora Parkinson Hemmert; a step-grandfather, Willard Hemmert, both of Ogden; one brother, three sisters, Michael L. Parkinson, Slaterville; Mrs. Spencer F. (Janice) Klomp (a 1960 Weber High graduate); Mrs. Roy M. Cottam, West Ogden, and Joyce Parkinson, Slaterville.

Funeral services were held Saturday at 11:00 a.m. in the Chapel of Flowers Mortuary with Bishop H. Orville Holley of the Slaterville Ward officiating.

Friends were invited to call at the mortuary Friday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Saturday until time of services. Interment was in the Aultorest Memorial Park in Ogden, at Rose Hill, lot 124.

Eldon on the Weber High Wrestling Squad, 1960 Golden Spike

Eldon is fourth from the left on  the second row from the top

We have no further photos of Eldon or his family. Any submissions or comments are appreciated.

Eldon's Obituary from the Thurday, June 15, 1967 Ogden Standard Examiner:


The class In Memory Project thanks Wendy Simmons Johnson (daughter of classmates Serge Simmons and Jane Chugg Renstrom), Classmates Earl Henstra, James Keller, Richard Crawford and Warren Johns for their assistance in locating and posting the materials for Eldon's page. 


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04/06/12 04:52 PM #1    

Earl Henstra

Got to know Eldon some after our graduation from Weber, he was a good man who left us too early. 

07/15/12 03:24 PM #2    

Warren Johns

Eldon Parkinson

I knew Parky from the seventh grade at Wahlquist through graduation at Weber High.  He was one of the strongest kids in the class and also one of the quietest.  I don’t remember him ever saying a bad word about anyone or picking on anyone.  The one thing I really remember about Eldon was his resolve.  Once he started something, he wouldn’t quit.  He used to run laps until the teachers made him quit, and at Wahlquist, those laps were around the whole field.  When I read about his death way back when, it felt like we’d lost a friend and a good citizen way too soon. 

08/14/12 03:39 PM #3    

WHS Class Of '62 Committee

The In Memory Project has received the following comment from Eldon's Daughter:

Hello, I am Eldon Parkinson's Daughter.

Thank you so much for honoring my dad on the classmates page. It really touched my heart.

Having passed away at such a young age and being so long ago he did not leave much behind...I do have some pics...

I do hope more people will post memories for me on there...

I was 2 when he died. It was the day after my 2nd birthday so I have no memory of him. He was talked of often and I was close to his family so I felt I did know him.....

Thanks again

Gwen Parkinson

August 14, 2012

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