William Patrick Parsons

William Patrick Parsons


pARSONS, wILLIAM FOR WEBSITEWilliam Patrick Parsons was born November 22, 1962 in Wetumka, Oklahoma to beloved educators Joe and Harol Deane Parsons.  He passed away in Oklahoma City on December 12, 2015. He moved to Ada in 1965 where he later graduated from Ada High School. At Ada High School he was a state champion tennis player as well as an Eagle Scout.  He graduated from East Central University in 1985 and later served as a member of the East Central University Foundation Board.

As a civic leader in Edmond, Oklahoma, he spent countless hours serving the Last Frontier Council of Boy Scouts of America. He started his career as a CPA for Peat Marwick and was most recently an insurance executive for Midlands Management.

His family was his devotion and the beneficiary of his persistent joy, along with all who knew him. He was—among so many things—an athlete, a showman, a planner, a brother, a father, and a deeply appreciative and reverent man of God. His legacy will be the abundant love he shared with all. Mr. Parsons is survived by his wife, Evelyn, and two sons, Ford and Gage.

He is also survived by two sisters, Paula Kedy of Ada and Penny Martin of Dallas, Texas.  In lieu of flowers the family asks that memorial donations be made to the East Central University Foundation or the Last Frontier Council of Boy Scouts of America in Oklahoma City.

A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, December 17, 2015 at New Covenant United Methodist Church, Edmond, OK.

20 thoughts on “William Patrick Parsons”

  1. Stephen E. Reel

    Pat was one of a kind; almost larger than life. He was unusually bright, charming, funny, gifted and devoted. He made a difference whenever he joined an organization. He left behind a large footprint. He will be missed by those who were lucky enough to have known him.

    Farewell my friend.

  2. Pat was indeed a man of many talents. It was my pleasure to work with him for twelve years at OMAG. During that time, Pat and I became friends both at work and play. I was always amazed at the dedication Pat had to his family, especially the adventures into nature and the parklands. He always shared the spectacular photos that came with the trips. He was EXTREMELY proud of his family.

    My condolences to Evelyn, Ford and Gage. I, too, will miss Patrick Parsons.

  3. This is such sad news. My heart goes out to Pat’s loved ones. We shared a number of rounds of golf, and many laughs, and Pat was a real gentleman and true friend. May the memories of his good heart bring you some peace at this terrible time.

  4. Jana Stewart

    To Evelyn, Pat’s sons, and Pat’s sisters,

    May God fill your hearts with precious memories to banish some of the overwhelming sadness you have at Pat’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  5. John & Angela Long

    Pat was one of those rare individuals who had a disarming charm and caused personal barriers to be lowered; everyone enjoyed being around him and he always brightened a room and caused others to smile and laugh.

    He will be missed. But we are thankful to have known him and counted him a friend.

    Prayers and thoughts to all of his family.

  6. Sandra Smith

    I can’t express how sorry we are to hear about Pat. Our thoughts and prayers are with you – Evelyn, Ford and Gage – and all your family and friends. We pray you find peace in knowing he is with God now and his spirit is alive in the hearts of everyone who knows him. Such a good, kind guy.

  7. Greg Johnson

    Dear Evelyn, Gage, Ford, Paula, and Penny.

    I worked with Pat for several years at Peat Marwick. It is impossible to think of Pat Parsons without breaking out in a grin. He was as fun and good-hearted a person as I’ve ever known. We worked on endless bank assignments all across the state of Oklahoma and those weeks away in bad hotels were always a lot more bearable when Pat was on the team. His perpetual ability to see the bright side of things was contagious, as was his very personalized sense of humor. I never really saw him get flustered and he always kept things in perspective. (But I am pretty sure that he never quite forgave me for encouraging him to accept that project in Africa!)

    You are all in my prayers. I will pray that you find the strength to endure this awful loss and carry on, even as you bear the great sadness that will link you to loving memories of Pat for all the years to come.

    Greg Johnson

  8. Pat was an outstanding professional, but more importantly, he was everyone’s friend. My fondest memories of Pat from his days at Peat Marwick were how he would always light up the room, drawing people to him and making them join in the fun. His joy in everything around him was so contagious and I don’t think I ever saw him without a big smile on his face! Evelyn, Ford and Gage– please know that we share your loss and our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  9. Sammye Norvell Cravens

    Dear Parsons Family,
    I’ve known Pat since the year he moved to Oklahoma City. Rick (& Ann) Simpson and I are good friends and Rick and I both worked at EY together. Of course Rick brought Pat around often and I’ve had the delightful pleasure of knowing and loving Pat for many years since. My heart aches for each of you yet I know that Pat is looking down on all of us and looking forward to seeing us again. He’ll have plenty of jokes and fun lined up for each of us as we arrive! One thing that happens after the pain eases a bit is that the pain turns to good memories and there can be laughter and warmth treasured in our hearts. My love to each of you. I know how proud Pat was of his sons and the love he had for his family. Peace be with you all.
    Sammye Cravens

  10. Laurie Cummings

    To Evelyn, Ford, and Gage,

    Our sincere condolences during this most difficult time. We think of your family fondly in the early years of Scouts and the Oak Tree Park swim team. We remember Pat well. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

    The Cummings Family
    Oak Tree Park, Edmond, OK

  11. Arleen Thomas

    To Evelyn, Ford and Gage

    Your husband and father entered my life when your Mom and Dad were on rotation in Montvale, NJ with KPMG. It was a year where 10 of us from all over the United States came to work for one year near one of the greatest cities in the world. Together, led by Pat’s great sense of humor and pursuit of fun, we explored New York City. I can still see that smile and that great chuckle. We laughed for hours. Every day was viewed as an adventure looking for fun. After our year was up, some of us traveled to Oklahoma City to see Pat–he took us to the Red River Valley and we continued to laugh.

    He left this world way too earlier–but I was blessed by him. I am so sorry for your loss.

  12. Kim Shoemake

    It was impossible to not smile when Pat Parson entered a room. His sense of humor was unmatched. He is one of many amazing guys and girls I was blessed to know while at Peat Marwick that I am proud to call a friend all these years later. I never met either of his sons, but he shared many stories about them when we would get together for lunch occasionally. I knew how proud he was of them and how much he loved them. I will miss seeing him.

    My thoughts and prayers are with the family.

  13. Pat was indeed a man of many talents. It was my pleasure to work with Him for twelve years at OMAG. During that time, Pat and I became friends both at work and play. I was always amazed at the dedication Pat had to his family, especially the adventures into nature and the parklands. He always shared the spectacular photos that came with the trips. He was EXTREMELY proud of his family.

    My condolences to Evelyn, Ford and Gage. I, too, will miss Patrick Parsons.

    Chuck Smith

  14. Bill Tackett

    Isn’t it interesting on how true all the comments ring for those of us who got to work and laugh with Pat!

    I had the privileged of meeting Pat when he came to OMAG as only its second CEO. Pat was still in his 30s when he was tapped to return to Oklahoma and lead the organization.

    Like the other friends and co-workers who have left fond remembrances I was fortunate to “break bread” with my friend on both coasts and many places in between. A gifted host who always found the best place to spend time telling stories and sharing his life with those at his table – invariably I would look at my watch with surprise at the time that had flown by. The time spent was always too short.

    Smart, kind, gentle, a person who always had an easy smile, an extended hand to welcome you into his presence, Pat is the rare person you’ll hope to meet in your life; the one that will fill your memories with stories and smiles.

    Christians have the hope voiced in the bible book of 1 John chapter 3: that says; Beloved, now are we the children of God, and it does not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when Christ shall appear, we shall be like Him; for we shall see Him as He is.

    It hurts that he’s gone, but if that hurt is the price to have known his as my friend, I’ll gladly pay the bill.

  15. Cheryle Mangels

    I met Pat when he was at OMAG and I was the Director at the Colorado Schools Pool. Pat was always so warm and welcoming when it came to questions. He was always smiling and I remember laughing at all his golf stories. He will surely be missed and I extend my condolences to his family and many friends.

  16. Shirley Caudle Talley

    My heartfelt condolences to Evelyn and all Pat’s family. Pat was a great man loved and respected by many. I pray for peace in your loss and comfort in knowing God is always with us.

  17. We were all fortunate to have Pat in our lives. As many have stated, he was one of those few people that truly made life more fun when you were around him. Golf, dinners, work or parties, Pat simply made it better. I will always remember Pat as a talented and dedicated friend.

    Our thoughts are with Evelyn, Ford and Gage. Pat’s pride in his sons was always present. Pat’s joy at Ford’s wedding, the stories he told about both Ford and Gage and their success, made clear his love and joy for his family.

    Pat will be greatly missed, but we are all better for having known him.

  18. Pat was a great guy,father,husband and brother to his two beloved sisters.I remember a trip back to Ada a few years ago,my mother and I ran into Pat at the local Applebee’s,he was his usual self,my mom thought he was the sweetest guys to grow up in Ada.RIP Patrick .

  19. Rocky & Carol Duckworth

    Evelyn, Ford and Gage-

    When I interviewed Pat at East Central for a professional staff position at what was then Peat, Marwick, Mitchell & Co., I knew he was a person we had to hire. What a privilege it was to be a small part of his decision to join PMM&Co. His infectious smile, outgoing personality, intellect, and hard work were the corners of the success he built at PMM& Co. It was a sad day when he decided to leave, but we all knew he would be successful at whatever he chose to do. Carol and I send our deepest condolences. While I had not seen Pat in a few years, his smile and heart-felt greeting whenever I did see him will always be remembered.
    God bless you.

  20. Tandy Higgins

    I was so sorry to hear of your loss. Praying for you and your boys during this difficult time. Love you and miss you.

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