Charles 'Charlie' Lincoln Parker

Posted: Tuesday, May 22, 2001

Soldotna resident Charles 'Charlie' Lincoln Parker died Wednesday, May 16, 2001, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. He was 79.

Services were held Saturday at the Soldotna Church of the Nazarene. Pastor Michael Staton officiated. Burial was held Monday at the Spruce Grove Memorial Park in Kasilof.

Mr. Parker was born Jan. 29, 1922, in Juneau to Esther Nelson Parker and Charles Lincoln Parker. Both sets of his grandparents took part in the early Alaska Gold Rush.

Mr. Parker lived in Anchorage from the age of 2 and graduated in 1940 from Anchorage High School.

From 1942 to 1945 he served as a pilot in the Navy during World War II. An ensign, he flew a Corsair while stationed aboard the aircraft carrier Midway. After the war, he graduated in 1948 from the University of Alaska Fairbanks with a degree in engineering.

He was an employee of Borne Associates, and he engineered the construction of airports in Dillingham and other Interior villages. He later helped with the building of the Homer and Seldovia airports while employed by the state of Alaska.

He worked on the first paving of the Soldotna airport, which was largely a volunteer effort that was completed in 1962.

"He felt this accomplishment by a 'little fourth class village' was unequaled anywhere," the family said.

Mr. Parker also was a land surveyor and surveyed the first subdivision in Soldotna for Jack and Dolly Farnsworth in 1952. He became a permanent resident of Soldotna when he homesteaded 40 acres near the Y in 1961.

"Sharply interested in civic affairs, he sparked attention with letters to the editor and delighted in playing the muckraker," the family said.

He acted as Soldotna city clerk in 1966 and served on the Soldotna City Council from 1972 to 1975. He also was president of the Greater Soldotna Chamber of Commerce in 1963 and received chamber awards for devoted service to young people and youth activities in 1973 and the governmental and civic award in 1979. He was appointed by Gov. Bill Egan to the first Alaska Pipeline Commission in 1974. He donated land for the Soldotna Senior Center and a city park.

After he retired, he and his wife, Katherine, operated the Map Shop in Soldotna.

"He enjoyed daily walks on the homestead with his dogs until February of this year. He was a lover of the out-of-doors, the natural beauties of the world, and particularly his home state and community," the family said.

He was preceded in death by daughter, Nancy Gail.

He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Katherine, of Soldotna; daughter, Patricia Parker; and grandson, J. Parker Butzke of Anchorage.

Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel.

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