Donald Parrish

February 10, 1948 ~ June 5, 2022

Born in: Newark, NJ

We lost our ‘Pop’s’ on June 5, 2022. Donald Parrish was born in Newark, New Jersey on February 10, 1948 to Muriel and Raymond Lee Parrish II.

He was father to Matthew Parrish and Grandfather to Rowan, Ella and Campbell Parrish. 

Don was a Private in the Vietnam War and was awarded a Commendation Medal for his service and achievements. He felt a great sense of pride in serving his country. 

An avid outdoorsman, Don loved fishing, diving, camping and many visits along the Pacific and Atlantic Coasts with his son exploring natures beauty.

He achieved a lifelong goal of living on a yacht with the purchase of his sport fishing blackfin yacht- this was where he spent the last years of his life.

Don was great with his hands and could fix, build, stitch and organize just about anything. He was often visiting family to help improve their surroundings.

Don was an expert craftsman and used that love to start his own upholstery business. Don’s Upholstery brought him joy and introduced him to many people that remember him fondly to this day. 

He is preceded in death by his mother, father and brothers Kevin, Keith and Tim. He will forever be missed by those who knew and loved him.

Pvt Parrish server during the Vietnam War in the Army.  A-Troop 4/12 Calvary Alpha 82 along with his older and admired surviving brother Raymond Lee Parrish III who proudly served in the Marine Corps.

We are grateful for his service to his country and his family, he will live on in our hearts and memory.

In lieu of flowers we would encourage donations to the Wounded Warriors Foundation and or VA Mental Health Fund.   

Cremation was entrusted to Simple Traditions Funeral Home. He will be laid to rest at Crown Hill National Cemetery, 725 W. 42nd St, Indianapolis, IN. 46208, on May 24, 2024, from 12:45pm – 2:00PM.


Graveside Service: Friday, May 24, 2024
12:45 pm - 2:00 pm

Crown Hill National Cemetery
725 W. 42nd St.
Indianapolis, IN 46208

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  1. Candle 1I loved reading about Don, he sounds like such a talented incredible man and father who lived life to the fullest! I wish I had the opportunity to thank him for his service and all he did for our country. We are thinking of you, Matt, and the entire Parrish family. Prayers to you all.

  2. Lots of prayers to the Parrish family as you remember and celebrate Don’s life. It’s clear he lived a life of service, hard work, and adventure. Thinking of you all!

  3. Candle 6Matt, Samantha & the girls ♡ Sending love and hugs as you celebrate the life of an amazing man. It sounds like he would fit right in with the SLDM crew, which is no surprise! Will be thinking about you and praying for you. Thank you, Don for all of your service. May you be rewarded in Heaven! xoxo Colleen

  4. Parrish Family—I am so sorry for your loss. He sounds like such an amazing man! We are so thankful for his service. Thinking of you all and sending up prayers. —Kelly Wyand

  5. Matt, Samantha & kiddos- The Schroeders are thinking and praying for you all. Matt, your dad sounds like he was a wonderful man! We are so grateful for his service!! Sending you all hugs!!
    Love- The Schroeders

  6. Candle 1Matt, Samantha & Girls,
    Matt what an amazing example to have growing up and an example for us all to have achieved his dream of living on a Yacht. We will be thinking and praying for you all. Melissa , Todd & Hadley Lawson

  7. Matt, Samantha & Girls, We are thinking and praying for your family. Your dad sounds like an amazing man ❤️

  8. Candle 7Matt, Samantha, and girls! Pops sounded like a fun, adventurous, and loving guy to be around. His legacy lives on through all of you. We will be thinking of you all and hope you find joy today in celebrating his beautiful life! Love,
    Mike, Colleen and girls 🙂

  9. Matt…we are so sorry for your loss. We didn’t personally know your dad personally but knowing you, we’re sure he was a great man. Many thoughts and prayers with you. We love you, Samantha and your girls.
    Nick and Kelli Szymanski

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