Park William Lamerton Jr. was born March 4, 1930 in Enid, Oklahoma as the eldest son of Julia Margaret and Judge Park William Lamerton Sr. Born with an adventurous and mischievious spirit, Park loved hunting geese and ducks on the salt plains as well as running traplines as a young boy. He raised many pets, among them was a Pig named “Porky” and a pet Racoon named “Sally.”
Park attended Oklahoma State University where he was a member of Phi Delta Theta Fraternity. He served in the WSN as a Hospital Corpsman during the Korean Conflict and returned home to receive his BA degree in Geology and Biology from Phillips University in Enid. Park was fortunate to have worked as a Well-Site Geologist and Reservoir Engineer in Venezuela for Core Labatories after graduating from college. In 1960, he married Helen Francis Shimanek of Hennessey, Oklahoma and began his 31 year career with Parke- Davis as a medical service rep in the Oklahoma City area. He retired from Parke- Davis in 1991.
In 1971, Park moved his family to Edmond where they built their lifelong home. He enjoyed raising horses and watching his three sons play football on Friday nights. Park was a lifelong Sooner fan and attended OU games religiously for more than sixty years. In 1978 Park’s spiritual walk led him to a committed relationship to His Lord and Savior Jesus Christ with whom he now resides. Shortly before his passing, he testified that this relationship was first and foremost above all things to him.
Park had a genuine love for people and enjoyed talking to friends as well as complete strangers. His colorful personality and sense of humor were qualities that earned him countless friends. He also had a great love for the outdoors, which he passed on to his sons. Park loved to bird hunt and fly fish and in later years took great pleasure in taking trips to Montana, Wyoming, and Colorado with Helen, his wife of 47 years.
Park enjoyed volunteering and was a member and twice president of the Edmond Exchange Club. He was also on the Board of Directors for the Prevention of Child Abuse and served with his wife, Helen, for the Meals on Wheels Program. He was also a member of the Oklahoma City Phi Delta Theta Alumni Club, Oklahoma Quarter Horse Association, and the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation.
Park leaves behind his brother, John David Lamerton and his sister Susie Cameron, as well as three sons; Park William Lamerton III, Todd Andrew Lamerton, and Eric Joe Lamerton. Park had four grandchildren, Natalie Lamerton Hersperger, Park William Lamerton IV, Lauren Elizabeth Lamerton and Ella Catherine Lamerton.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 a.m. Monday, November 24, 2014 at St.Monica’s Catholic Church with interment to follow at Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation will be held Sunday, November 23, 2014 from 5:00-8:00 p.m. at Matthews Funeral Home.
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