Las Vegas Service Missionaries
Dave & Katy Parker
Las Vegas, NV
Elder Dave Parker and Sister Katy Parker were both born in Southern California and are both converts to the church. Married in 1967 in the Los Angeles area, the Parkers were sealed in the St George Temple in 1971 with their two oldest children. Two more children were born under that covenant and the family now includes ten grandsons, one granddaughter and one beautiful great grandson.
Brother and Sister Parker lived in Las Vegas from 1967 until 1977 where Dave worked with the Juvenile Court as a probation officer since 1962. Upon retiring from the Juvenile Court Dave taught high school and coached for two years. Dave and Katy then moved to Provo/Orem, UT, where David taught and coached at Orem Jr. High School. Moving to Southern California, in 1981, Dave managed a warehouse for Avnet Electronics Company and then became the night supervisor at Camp Paige Youth Camp for Los Angeles County Juvenile Department. The Parker Family returned to Las Vegas in 1984 when Dave began working for the Las Vegas Parks and Recreation Department. During this time he developed and ran a very successful program known as Corporate Challenge. He retired in 2002.
Dave joined The Church while on the BYU Track team in 1957. His conversion story is a remarkable one that was once documented in The Friend magazine. His college track career took him all over the U.S. and Europe with Coach Clarence Robison. After graduating from BYU in 1960 he received, within the hour, his draft notice for the U.S. Army. While at Ft. Ord his closest friends were returned Missionaries who made quite an impression on him about missionary work. In 1963 Dave was called as an instructor for the Elders Quorum using the text, “Jesus the Christ” by James Talmage, which cemented his desire to serve a mission. He began by negotiating a two-year leave of absence from his job at the Las Vegas Juvenile Court with the help of a Catholic Director of Probation and a Jewish Judge (Their motto during the process was “let’s cover all our bases.”) Elder Parker returned from his mission in Canada having made such an impression on those advocates from The Juvenile Court who helped him get there, that they become long-term friends and mentors – even after becoming a two-term Nevada Governor and Chief Justice of the Nevada Supreme Court. He continues to nurture great friendships in the Las Vegas community and can’t go anywhere in the city with his family without being stopped by someone he knows to say hello and catch up on old times.
Katy earned a nursing license in 1972 and since then has worked in doctor’s offices, as a labor-delivery nurse, a surgical nurse, an organ transplant coordinator, a hospice nurse, and as a special needs nurse for the Clark County School District. She also has experience in medical practice back-office and management. During all that time “Mama Katy” also managed to build a welcoming home for her family, as well as any stray (human or animal) needing shelter, food, and love. Katy has served in the Relief Society, Young Women’s and Primary. She also served as a stake missionary and was a gospel essentials teacher for a period of 6 straight years. Katy is presently a teacher in the Relief Society and Dave is a teacher in the High Priest group in the Los Prados Ward of the new Shadow Mountain Stake.
- CONTACT THE MISSIONARIES
- DAVE (702) 280-0314
- KATY (702) 277-0197