James Norman Parks
September 28, 1932 - September 04, 2018
In loving memory of James Norman Parks, who passed away peacefully, Sept. 4th 2018 surrounded by his family.
Jim was born in Long Beach, CA to James L and Virginia K. Parks Sept 28th 1932.
He graduated from Visalia High in 1950, College of the Sequoia's in 1952 and Humboldt State University in 1955. He earned his Master's degree from Fresno State University in 1960.
In 1954 while attending Humboldt State Jim meet the love of his love Suzanne K. Watkins.
They were married the following year.
Together they had 3 children, Terri, Suzie and Jimmy.
Jim became a teacher in 1955 and this passion for education continued for the rest of his life. In 1960 Jim became Superintendent, Principal and Teacher at Delta View School in Tulare County. He accepted the position of Principal at Roosevelt Elementary in Hanford in1965. While at Roosevelt Jim through the support of Students, Parents and countless community volunteers created Fort Roosevelt, a place where students were able to discover a love for nature and outdoors while developing life skills.
Throughout his life Jim had a contagious smile and loved to tell stories of his many adventures in life. He loved his Family, traveling, nature and outdoors as well as antiques.
Jim and Sue spent a majority of their lives in Hanford, were they raised there children. After retirement they moved to Los Osos CA in 2004. They lived their together for the next 10 years, until Sues's passing in 2014. Jim continued to live at there coast home until 2018, he then moved to Visalia to be closer to family.
Jim is survived by his 3 children, Terri Fishbough (Bill), Suzie Azevedo (Mike) and James Parks (Marcy). n addition to his 15 Grandchildren, 22 Great Grandchildren, Sister Virginia Ann Hopper and numerous Nice's, Nephews and Cousins.
A Celebration of Jim's life will be held at Noon, Saturday, Sept. 29th at the Sierra Pacific High School cafeteria, 1259 13th Ave. in Hanford CA.93230
In lieu of flowers, a donation in Jim's name can be made to the Mineral King Preservation society. (P.O. Box 286. Exeter CA. 93221) a place near and dear to Jim's heart.
He will be dearly missed.