David James Parker

Dave was born on April 10, 1963 to Harbison and Helen (Rich) Parker in Newport Beach, California and took his last breath at age 54 in Helena, Montana surrounded by family on May 6, 2017.

Dave graduated from Cottage Grove High School in 1981, where he played football and baseball. He earned an Associate Degree in Youth Ministries from Central Christian College of Kansas in 1983.

He married Alice Straub in 1991 in a beautiful vineyard in Loraine, Oregon. They later divorced.

While studying at the University of Montana, Dave was bit by the political bug. He switched his major from Wildlife Biology and graduated in 2005 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. Dave embraced campaigning and traveled the U.S. running and advising progressive democratic campaigns. His most recent appointment was as Director of Communications for Montana Governor Steve Bullock.

Dave enjoyed outdoor sports and travel. He traveled to more than 30 countries, where he immersed himself in local cultures, making many friends along the way. 

Dave is survived by his parents; Harbison & Gene Parker (Seattle) and Helen & Ernest Virgil (Cottage Grove), sisters; Ann Burke, Dawn Dodd, Angela Parker, Vivan Marsh and Stephanie Mobley, brothers; Mike Parker, Jesse Parker and Christian Parker, his best friend Alice Parker and his faithful Labrador, Magellan.

A memorial celebration will be held on June 24th on the lawn of the Helena, Montana capitol building. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions to Big Brother Big Sister (bbb.org) or the animal shelter of your choice are appreciated.

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