J. Carlyle Parker

Saturday , February 10, 2018 - 10:00 PM

October 14, 1931 ~ February 1, 2018

John Carlyle Parker, age 86, of Stockton, California, died February 1, 2018, in Stockton, California.

Mr. Parker was a native of Ogden and lived in Turlock, California, 47 years and Stockton, California, for seven years.

He was a librarian for a total of 36 years. Thirty-one years at California State University, Stanislaus, which includes two years (1992-1994) as archivist.

He earned an AA from Weber College; BA, Brigham Young University; and MLS, University of California, Berkeley. He was a reference librarian at Humboldt State University and at Church College of Hawaii (now BYU Hawaii). Editor of Marietta Publishing Company.

Lay leader in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and founder and director of the Modesto and Turlock Family History Centers for 29 years. Church vocalist and music director.

A member of several library, historical, and genealogical organizations. Compiler of several indexes, including some for Stanislaus and Merced County histories; editor of a fifteen volume set, Gale Genealogy & Local History Series; author of several genealogical books, including the three edition popular Going to Salt Lake City to Do Family History Research; and book reviewer for several library, historical, and genealogical journals. Also, a popular genealogical lecturer in California, and nationwide.

He is survived by his wife, Janet Parker of Stockton, California; children, Denise Paxton (Paul) of Sandy; and Bret Parker (Jeanine) of Stockton, California; brother, E. Charles Parker (Jean) of Washington, Utah; and eleven grandsons, one granddaughter, and one great-grandson." He was preceded in death by his son, Nathan Carlyle Parker; granddaughter, Amy Paxton; and brothers, L. Mayland and Don Timothy Parker.

Remembrances may be made to the Retired Faculty Scholarship Fund of California State University, Stanislaus, in Turlock, California, or the Perpetual Education Fund: https://give.lds.org/pef

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