There’s a new musician in heaven today. Tim is now happily drumming away on a handmade instrument and is free of the pain of cancer. Tim was surrounded by his family and loved ones as he bravely drew his final breaths November 14, 2016.
Tim was born to Ken and Dona Parkinson in St. George, Utah, July 24, 1954. He attended Dixie High School where he was known as the drummer for the Jetettes. He could also be found causing mayhem and havoc with his best friend, Hank. Tim married the love of his life, Vicki, and the two raised their family in Rockville, Utah.
Tim worked in Zion National Park for over 20 years where he employed his vast array of skills to beautify and preserve the place he loved. Dad could often be found in his shop listening to music by Pentangle and other artists of his era, tinkering with his tools, creating something beautiful, and serving those around him. A bigger heart couldn’t be found – his love for those around him was shown through acts of service, kind words, and generous offerings of his time and resources.
As a father, he taught his children music, kindness, respect and love. He often talked with them for hours, either in person or on the phone about a variety of philosophical and moral topics long into the night. He drew beliefs about life from the artists he loved including Pentangle, Moody Blues and Joni Mitchell. He also loved discussing literature including Christian scripture, ancient Indian texts, Tolkien and others. In the words of Tim McGraw, Dad wanted us all to remember to be “Humble and Kind.”
Tim is survived by his loving wife, Vicki; children, Shannon (Cutter) Cornforth, Tanya (Brandon) Sproul, and Kayce (Charissa) Parkinson; siblings, Dona Lu (Jeff) ONeil, Kirk (Gwen) Parkinson, and Sara Kutz; and his grandchildren Kyler, Remington, Kamden, Aaliyah, Eleanor, and a baby boy yet to be named.
Tim was preceded in death by his parents, and his brother-in-law, Dan Kutz.
- Visitation will take place Friday, Nov. 18, from 6-8 p.m. at Spilsbury Mortuary, 110 S. Bluff Street, St. George, Utah.
- Services will take place Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016, at 2 p.m. in the Springdale LDS Ward, 1584 Zion Park Boulevard, Springdale, Utah, with a visitation from 12:30-1:30 p.m., prior to services.
- Graveside service at the Rockville Cemetery will follow.
The family wishes to thank Intermountain Hospice, Spilsbury Mortuary, the Springdale Ward of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and our friends at Zion National Park for services to our beloved husband, father, grandfather and friend.
In lieu of flowers, please do something kind for a friend – dig a ditch, chop some wood, fix a meal or offer a shoulder in his memory.
Arrangements are made under the direction of Spilsbury Mortuary, 435-673-2454. Friends and family are invited to sign his guestbook at www.spilsburymortuary.com.