Frank Parrish, Jr. 80, died Thursday
December 12, 2002, in Oklahoma City, Okla.
Memorial services will be conducted at
11 am on Wednesday, December 18, 2002, in the chapel of Hampton
Vaughan Crestview with Rev. Bill Pursley, Jr. officiating.
Frank was born December 9, 1922, in
Wichita Falls, to the late Frank, Sr. and Stella Parrish.
A graduate of Wichita Falls High School, he attended North Texas
State University where was a concert pianist.
In 1946 Mr. Parrish graduated from the
Naval Academy and was a member of the Navy Seals. He was a
pilot and flew in the 4 corners with friend Tom Donohar and
Landom Collum. They prospected for uranium and enjoyed his
plane and "Fly Fishing Frank" painted on the side. He
later was a registered petroleum engineer and an independent oil
A certified dive instructor, Frank
started the dive programs for the Y.M.C.A., and also owned and
operated Del-Mar Dive Shop in Wichita Falls for over 20 years.
He and friends Bobby and Alby Burns went on many African safaris
as well as other trips throughout the world. His real love
was for the sea, where he spent most of his life. Because
of that love, his cremains will be buried in the Marshall
Frank Parrish, Jr. was a grandson of
Samuel Smith House, Jr. and Susan Catherine (Colley) House