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Joseph Patrick Parsons

by: SUBMITTED - Joseph Patrick ParsonsJoseph Patrick Parsons was born on February 6, 1951 in San Diego, California to Patricia and Cecil Parsons.

Joe started playing baseball around the age of seven and never lost his love for the game. He graduated from San Dieguito High School and was a pitcher all four years. He also developed an interest in surfing and he would often get up at daybreak to hit the waves for a few hours and then rush to school.

Joe attended Mira Costa Junior College where he set a school record by pitching 19 innings in one game with 31 strikeouts. He also attended and played baseball at Eastern Oregon College.

It was the mother of Joe’s life-long best friend, Hank Krauher, who influenced Joe’s interest in food. Joe admired her great cooking for their large family.

Joe’s first restaurant job was at a Jack in the Box in high school. In Oregon he worked at a VIPs restaurant in La Grande and transferred to their Lake Oswego store where he became kitchen manager. From 1976 to 1978 he ran the Quick Stop Café in Damascus. In 1979 he worked at the Odyssey restaurant for Chef Horst Mager in Lake Oswego and in 1980 he went to work for Dr. Robert Pamplin.

It was while working at the VIPs in Lake Oswego that he met his future wife, Marlynn Baker. They were married in 1974 and had four sons. Joe’s greatest joy was coaching all his sons baseball from kindergarten through high school and watching each play.

Joe is survived by his wife of 39 years, Marlynn; sons, Dain, Kylee, Tanner and Brody; and three granddaughters, Emily, Khyra and Skylar.

A service will be held on Sunday, October 13 at 3 pm at the Sherwood United Methodist Church.