Sunday, December 03, 2006
Del Parrott, one swell guy I'll miss (1910-2006)
As he was my wife's grandfather, I respectfully called him Dr. Parrott. But really he was Del to everyone.
I could go on about all the good or impressive things the man did. Like getting a degree in optometry in the dark years of the not-so-Great Depression with scarcely a buck to his name. Or being active in his community as a Rotarian or many other such details. But I'm less a biographer (or fact checker) than an old friend.
Del loved two things that I noticed. Photography and his family. I've got reels of his old home movies--of his brother on leave from the service, his parents, his wife and two daughters, his grandkids, a succession of family dogs--to back this up. It's a fact.
And all of us who knew him will be that much better off 'cause he was around.