GREGORY "PARCH" JOSEPH PARCHER
September 30, 1951 ~ September 14, 2017
Gregory Joseph Parcher, 65, of Packwood, Washington, passed away suddenly on September 14th after an accident at his beloved mountain home.
Born in Bellingham in 1951, Parch grew up in Lynden, graduated from Washington State University, and later earned his M.A.Ed. from the University of Puget Sound.
He began a 37-year-long career in education teaching in Tacoma and later moved to school administration in Battle Ground and Beaverton School Districts. A beloved educator, he saw only potential in his students and celebrated each of their successes, no matter how small.
After his official retirement from teaching, Parch proudly became a "Professional Ski Bum." White Pass Ski Area was a source of endless joy for Parch, who loved the fresh air and freedom of the backcountry. Each day spent skiing was his self-proclaimed "Best Day Ever." He'd return to the beautiful home in Packwood he built with his wife Jannie.
Music was vital to Parch's existence, whether it was in the many songs he wrote and performed or the lullabies he sang to his daughter Kristy and, later, granddaughter Tova. He was a voracious reader and a lifelong learner, hungry to glean insight from friends and books. He took great pride in his work; whether it was a curved metal railing, a Winter Carnival snow castle, or a colorful rooftop garden for Jannie.
Parch was the youngest of three children of Donald E. and Florence "Mardel" Parcher. He was predeceased by his father Don. Parch is survived by Jan, his wife of 45 years; his daughter Kristy Parcher, her husband Erich Orth, and their daughter Tova; mother Mardel; brother Larry Parcher (Trudy); and sister Lynn Bell (Ken), and their families. An avid skier, musician, educator, and craftsman,
and devoted husband, father, and grandfather, "Parch" will be remembered for his limitless
passion in every aspect of his life.
Please join us Saturday, October 28, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. for "Parch's Party" at White Pass Ski Area Lodge.
Please sign his Guest Book at www.columbian.com/obits