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Obituary: Robert Douglas Parry

Robert Douglas Parry 5/1/1925 ~ 11/3/2005 After decades of debilitating pain, Robert D. Parry (80) passed away on November 3, 2005. He was born in Salt Lake City, Utah on May 1, 1925 to Virgil A. (Xenia) Parry and Delpha Jane Jacobsen, who lived only the first five years of her last child's life. He grew up in boarding houses and various homes in the Avenues in Salt Lake City and in southeastern Idaho (Montpelier and Pocatello), served his country for over three years in the US Army, and spent two 1/2 years in post-war Great Britain on a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Some of his closest friendships were formed there, especially with President Selvoy J. Boyer, who became a second father to him, and with Alan Swan, for whom the family will be eternally grateful. Indeed, the Lord smiled on him throughout his life through friends who loved him in the way that Christ both envisioned and epitomized during his mortal ministry. He married Lou Wana Marie Grundvig on January 19, 1951 in the Salt Lake Temple, and they became the parents of eight children, two of which died while still very young. They eventually made their home in Sandy, after their first years in Idaho (Moscow and Montpelier). He studied English at the University of Utah and law at the University of Idaho, and was a claims adjustor for a time with Aetna Life and Casualty and Preferred Risk. In his later years he took particular delight in serving as an ordinance worker in the Salt Lake Temple. He had tremendous talent and love for the art of photography. Remaining are his wife, who did for him all that God could possibly have asked her to do; six children: Trae, Ruth Elizabeth Berrett (Richard), Gordon Robert Parry (Maren), Joseph Douglas Parry (Catherine), Rachel Ann Parry, and Rhea Jane Unferdorfer; 14 grandchildren. Awaiting him on the other side of eternity were his daughters, Kita Kita Brenna Parry (4) and Kirsten Marie Parry (seven precious hours). Funeral Services will be held Monday, Nov. 7, 2005 at 11:00 a.m. at the Mount Jordan 1st Ward Chapel, 8950 S. 400 E., Sandy, Friends may call at the church on the day of services from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. Interment: Salt Lake City Cemetery.