It is with a heavy heart that I must share that my brother, Chris Parker, has passed away after suffering a ruptured brain aneurysm and a severe stroke as a result. He loved you all and had a great passion for trains. Most importantly, Chris loved and trusted in his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and is now in his presence. God bless each of you who knew Chris and take comfort knowing that he is at peace in Heaven.
There are no formal plans for a memorial service. Chris would just want you to go forward being railroad junkies and cherish all the wonderful memories and beautiful times spent riding trains.
Scott Parker, Chris's brother, June 26, 2021
Chris was a man with a heart as big as the ocean. He never hesitated to help anyone in need even when he was in need. Nothing speaks higher of a man and his values than that. It was my privilege to know and spend much time with Chris as a friend, fellow rail enthusiast, and life explorer. Chris was fascinated and curious about so many aspects of life and his enthusiasm for "experience" was palpable. He was not one to sit idle. He wanted to see and experience as much of life as possible: be it railroads, the beauty of nature and the great outdoors, human history, and various cultures. His mind was ever curious. He was always ready for another adventure, another outing - locally or cross country. I was fortunate to have met someone like this and shared many such experiences. Chris is now on his last and longest adventure. He is on "The Train Where Eagles Fly". Enjoy the view Chris and all that fresh air in the "Dog Car". It's yours forever now!
"Chris Parker was a dear friend and truly one of the kindest people I have ever met. His passion for the railroad was only met by his passion to serve others. I was 15 when I met Chris and he was both a father figure and great friend for over a decade. He will be dearly missed by many. Rest in peace, Chris. I will always cherish the wisdom and memories from you on every future train trip I take!"
|Oct 15, 2021 - Chris Parker Memorial Run of the Tioga Pass private rail car: Photos & Text by Carl Morrison. Round trip LA to San Diego, (Would have been Chris' 65th birthday). Good afternoon everyone. To honour the memory of our dear friend Chris Parker, we are chartering the private car "Tioga Pass" for a... Read More>>|
|Oct 15, 2021 - A Tioga Pass Trip To Remember the Late Chris Parker 1956-2021: Report & Photos by Chris Guenzler. My dear friend Chris Parker passed away suddenly on June 26th, 2021. With no public service planned, Elizabeth came up with the idea of chartering the private car "Tioga Pass" in memory of Chris on his birthday, October 15th. She discussed the idea with me and I heartily agreed as the "Tioga Pass" and the "Pony Express" were Chris' two favorite cars in which to ride. We e-mailed Norm Orfall, owner of the "Tioga Pass", who was also good friends with Chris, and... Read More>>|
|Oct 15, 2021 - Chris Parker Memorial Train Ride From Los Angeles To San Diego Round-Trip: Report & Photos by Steve Grande. Barbara, my wife, and I boarded The Tioga Pass private railcar in Anaheim. Others had boarded in either Los Angeles, Fullerton or Santa Ana. This private railcar was chartered and made this round-trip journey in tribute to Chris Parker, a member of... Read More>>|