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Russell Parker, 63, of Amarillo, passed away Friday, November 10, 2023. Funeral services will be 10:00 Am Wednesday, November 15, 2023 at Family Worship Center, located at 11901 I-27. The family will receive friends on Tuesday from 5:00 -7:00 PM November 14, 2023 at the funeral home. Arrangements are under the direction of Cox-Rowley Funeral Home.
Russell Parker was born in Amarillo, TX on April 11, 1960 to Donald Dean Parker and Nancy Jo Gibbins Parker.
Russell attended school in Canyon, TX and was a graduate of Canyon High School Class of 1979. He went on to earn his Associates Degree in BioMed from Amarillo College in 1984. He worked in the BioMed department at Northwest Texas Hospital from 1985 to 2014 ending his BioMed Tech career.
At a height of 6'6" Russell was known as a gentle giant and a kind soul by his classmates, as well as anyone who knew him throughout his life. He deeply loved being a father to his two sons; Kelsey and Zack, as well as grandfather to his nine grandchildren. Russell loved hockey and was a hockey coach for both his sons. Russell went on to be a volunteer Off Ice Official with Junior NAHL in Amarillo hockey, and just completed his 20th year. Russell also loved fishing and spending time at lakes or in the mountains.
Russell is preceded in death by his father, Donald Dean Parker and his grandparents J. Clyde Gibbins and Georgene Barrett Gibbins and Jim Parker and Lula Booth Parker.
Survivors include his wife, Debbie Parker, of the home; his mother, Nancy Parker; his two children, Kelsey Parker, and spouse Tessa of Amarillo and Zack Parker of Columbia, South Carolina; his two stepchildren, Joshua Cochran and spouse Sara of Richland, Washington and Jaime Weiland, and spouse Will of Amarillo; his sister Deborah Foster and husband Bo of Amarillo; nine grandchildren, Kelton, Kenzlee, Cole, Kendall, Kambrie, Makayla, Silas, Ashton and Ari. Survivors also include a host of nieces, nephews and extended family members and close friends.
The family has asked if you have a photo of you and Russell to please bring it along to the church. There will be a memory chain located at the Service for you to share these memories with everyone.