Daniel Wayne Parr
1936 - 2020
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DANIEL WAYNE PARR
December 14, 1936 ˜ May 21, 2020

Daniel Wayne Parr, born Dec. 14, 1936, in Chelsea, Oklahoma, died on May 21, 2020, shortly after being diagnosed with Stage IV Colon Cancer.
His mother moved their family to the Pacific Northwest where she had a job as a welder at the Kaiser Shipyards. Thus, Dan grew up here in Vancouver, Washington and graduated from Vancouver High School in 1955. He then attended Clark College and Mexico City College.
Thanks to being drafted into the army, Dan took a hiatus in his college path and spent some time in France driving VIPs from the airport to the army base. His love for travel and foreign food was cultivated.
After graduating from the University of Washington with a degree in accounting, Dan moved back to Vancouver. He worked for various accounting firms and became a Certified Public Accountant. Dan worked for Lucky Lager and the Columbian before opening his own private practice where he worked until retiring in 2013.
In June, 1971, Dan married the girl next door, Susie Shipman. Together they enjoyed the great outdoors with friends: skiing the river in summer and skiing the mountains in winter. Deciding to settle down in Vancouver, they bought a home and had two children: Dana (Jaysun) Pyatt and Bart Parr.
Sharing their love of travel, Dan and Susie took their family on trips all over the states and the world including Mexico, Costa Rica, Panama, Ecuador and around the Galapagos, Australia, and New Zealand. In their various adventures, they searched for birds totaling over 1500 different species throughout the years. When not on the road, Dan spent his time tending his rose garden, reading, doing crossword puzzles, shooting pool, and playing cards with friends and family.
Memorial donations may be sent to Emmet Pyatt Foundation, 6715 NE 63rd Street #444, Vancouver, WA 98661 or through www.emmetpyattfoundation.org.
Due to COVID-19, no service will be held - for which Dan would be grateful.
Please sign his guest book @ www.columbian.com/obits

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Published in The Columbian on Jun. 7, 2020.
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July 5, 2020
Over the years Dan was both a good friend and mentor. I met Dan in the early '60s when he started working as a CPA in downtown Portland. We were introduced by Don Hodgson, Dans friend from high school and my friend from PSU.
There are several remembrances of playing pool. I remember when Dan bought the house from Lloyd DuBois. They agreed on the house price quickly, but it took several days to determine the price for the pool table. ( and yes, if you got the ball close to the rail on the NE side of the table it would roll to that pocket).
All that knew Dan knew he was the quiet one. On one ski trip to Sun Valley three of us were in the lodge bar. Dan on the right, Pat Richardson in the middle and me, Pat (not the quiet one) reached behind Dans back and patted the girl on the next stool on the behind.
She turned to Dan and said "I like your style". Dan had no idea what had happened.
Its hard to loose a very good friend. Over the years we've skied around the NW, lunched and dined with together and in groups. Dan will be missed.
Rich Stevenson
Friend
June 10, 2020
Dana, we were so sorry to hear your dad had passed. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.
Dave and Peggy
Dave Horne
Friend
June 10, 2020
I met Dan in the early 1960's when I was at PSU for a year to catch up on the courses I needed to finish my major at Willamette. That's also where I met my husband Pat through the Ski Club. Memories are hazy from so long ago about the details but we remained friends throughout the years. Ski Trips bring back many memories and having Susie introduced to the ski group was so much fun. Many of those friends are gone and I'm flooded with memories of great times. He was a pretty good skier too! I loved Dan's wit and humor, and admired his intelligence. My deepest heart felt sympathies to Susie and my prayers are with you and your family.
Rebecca Richardson
Friend
June 10, 2020
Dan and I met when we were attending Mexico City College in 1958 and have remained friends all these years. Have great memories of the Parr's several visits to Mexico while I was living there. I was very sad to hear of his recent illness and passing, and am glad that I made a last visit to the Parr's last July when I was returning home to Florida. My deepest condolences to Susie, Dana, Jaysun and Bart.
Eugene H CHRISTOPHERSON
Friend
June 9, 2020
Susie, I am so sorry for your loss. Danny was long time friend of mine. We met in 1949 when I moved back to Vancouver and attended Mac Hi with him. Because my family moved across town I finished Jr. Hi at Shumway. We renewed our friendship at Vancouver High School and graduated together. Then we went to different colleges: but, renewed our friendship when back in town. I remember the ski trips, bowling, poker parties and playing pool. I could never beat him playing pool on his home table; the balls always seemed to drift to the north. My prayers are with you and the kids. He will be missed.
Jackie Brown
Friend
June 9, 2020
Dan was a nice guy and a great accountant. He will be missed . Alan & Calli Teel
ALAN Teel
Friend
June 8, 2020
Dear Susie, Bart, Dana & Jaysun I am so very sorry to hear of the sudden passing of Dan. My thoughts and prayers for you during this time of loss and grieving are that you feel the presence of the great and awsome comforter the Holy spirit. May your family grow closer now and take comfort in realizing Dan had a long and wonderful life with you all and a very generous man who shared the wonders of natures outdoors & feathered friends with you all.
Susie I do hope that your kids have been able to be near and that you are not physically alone during this time I pray.
This Covid thing has been very hard on families and relationships. I pray that is not the case with yours.
Irony is that I tried to call you in March and the number I had was disconnected. I dont know where you currently are at the house or the cabin.
I dont think I have your Email anymore. I remember you changed it frequently and I had the wrong one last I tried.
Life has been very busy for us all the last few years. I for one am sorry to have not kept in better touch.
But I have not forgotten you your family or what I learned from you or Precepts.
I hope we can visit sometime as soon as you are up to it.

Everything in my life is changing quickly now. Im not sure where I will be by September my Email may
change.
Do take care my friend
You and your family will continue to be in my prayers
Love Robbin

Robbin Anderson
Friend
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