James Gilbert (Gib) Parrish passed away Friday, August 7, 1998 of congestive heart failure, doing what he loved, working in his orchard and driving his tractor.
He was born August 10, 1917 in Centerville, Utah to Ezra B. and Mabel Fernelius Parrish. He was the 11th of 16 children. Gib grew up in Centerville on the family farm. For five years of his childhood, his family lived on a ranch at Trout Creek in western Juab county. He was taught how to work by his father and brothers. He graduated from Davis High School in 1936 and went on to attend Utah State Agricultural College for a year where he played on the football freshman team.He was drafted into the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II and advanced quickly to Battalion Supply Sergeant. He played football for the 3rd Air Force in Tampa, Florida and was then sent to the South Pacific to serve in the Phillipines, New Guinea and Guadalcanal.
Gib returned to Utah State after the war and was involved with Lambda Delta Sigma, where he met Elma Sargent. They married June 1, 1948 in the Logan LDS Temple. He earned his degree in Agricultural Education in 1949 and was assigned to teach Vocational Agriculture at Wasatch High School in Heber City, Utah. In 1955, they moved back to Centerville and Gib got a job teaching science at Bountiful Junior High. He was a member of the Swanee Singers Male Chorus and sang with them for 35 years.
Elma died in April of 1961 after a long battle with cancer. Gib was blessed and guided to find someone who would come into a "ready made" family. He married Grace Riches on November 21, 1961 in the Salt Lake Temple. When Viewmont High School opened in 1964, he was hired to teach Biology. For the next 15 years he taught Biology, Vocational Training, Vocational Agriculture and Ornamental Horticulture. He took the coaching films for the football and basketball teams and enjoyed going to all the games.
Gib served on the Centerville City Council for four years and fulfilled his civic duty. He was appointed Centerville Justice of the Peace and served in that capacity for nearly 15 years. Gib and Grace served in the Oregon Eugene Mission in 1991-92. He served in many church callings, including ordinance worker in the Salt Lake Temple for nine years-a work he dearly loved.
The last years of his life were spent on his small farm in Centerville, going to ball games and having fun with his grandchildren. Even after open heart surgery and a stroke slowed him down, he resolved within himself to live life to the fullest.
Gib is survived by his wife, Grace; daughters, Kaye Parrish and Patty Bartlett; sons, Douglas (Charlotte), Mark, and Norm (Kaye G.); grandchildren, Collin, Matthew, Travis, Lauren, Claire, Adam and Preston; brothers, David F. and Harold F., both of Centerville.
Friends may call at Russon Brothers Mortuary Tuesday, August 11, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. or at the Centerville Parrish Heights Ward, 610 North Rowland Way (100 East), Centerville from 10:30 at 11:30 a.m. on the morning of the funeral. The funeral will be held at the Parrish Heights Ward, Wednesday, August 12, 1998 at 12 noon. Interment at the Centerville City Cemetery.
We'll miss you, Dad
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