Eight Bells: Richard Parker
Published on August 26th, 2020
Richard Austin (Butch) Parker (1958-2020) passed at home peacefully on August 3 in Coronado, CA. Surfer, sailor, shipwright, competitive yacht racer, carpenter and commercial diver; he and his family have lived in Coronado since 1966.
Butch loved fishing and surfing in Baja and Hawaii; and being a member of the Coronado Yacht Club. He took to sailing at an early age, always more at home on the ocean than on land, racing on many of the competitive boats in the club over the years.
He worked at local and Pearl Harbor shipyards, and his wooden boat restoration and fiberglass skills can be seen on many boats in the San Diego and Coronado region as his finish work skills were always in demand.
Graduate of Coronado High Class of 1976; son to Rick and Sue Parker, brother to Ronni Parker Brega (John) and Steve Parker. Loving uncle to Kira and Kaden Parker, Al and David Brega.
Butch, we are sure your stories about the boats, the waves and the crazy races will entertain the old salts that you meet up top. Fair winds, brother.