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Kelly A. Parker
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A celebration of life was held Saturday in Ceres for Kelly Ardell Parker, 48, of Clearlake. The former Ceres resident died Sept. 23, 2007 after a four-year battle with cancer.

Jones and Lewis Clearlake Memorial Chapel was in charge of arrangements. Inurnment was at the Patterson Cemetery.

Born Feb. 10, 1959 in Riverside, Mr. Parker grew up in Newman and graduated from Orestimba High School in 1977. He played guitar with his brother Andy in the high school jazz band. Kelly enjoyed singing and playing music with family members for weddings, parties and family reunions. He sang in several bands including The Sound Foundation with classmates Bob Borba, David Rocha and Chuck Griffiths, who played at school functions.

After high school he continued with music, playing the electric guitar, bass guitarm drums and keyboard. In 1985 he moved to Lake County where he played and toured with the country band, Lou Derr & Bootleg from 1990 to 1993. They performed for soldiers during a USO tour in Canada and the Azores.

Mr. Parker lived in Ceres for approximately five years during the 1990s.

He was a certified computer technician, having received an associate degree after graduating from Yuba College Lake Campus. He held the honor of being a state webpage design champion through VICA in 1999. Mr. Parker enjoyed cooking and creating new dishes for family and friends. Known for his sense of humor, he collected liked to collect zebras, unicorns and Eeyore memorabilia.

He leaves behind his companion of 16 years, Marla Sherman of Clear Lake; three children, Shawn Perreira-Parker of Newman, Amber Perreira-Parker of Gustine and Corey Joseph Parker of Clearlake; his brothers, Hyland Parker of Portland, Ore., Richard Worthan-Parker and Andew Parker Jr., both of Lake County; his sisters, Cindy Parker-Wallace of Southern California, Melinda Parker-Espana of Sutter Creek, Anita Parker-Beang of Pueblo, Colo., and LaDonna Parker-Clark of Ceres; and three grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Jack and Jeannie Parker.

Remembrances may be sent to West America Bank, 15342 Lakeshore Dr., Clearlake CA 95422; or by contacting LaDonna Clark via email at

-Ceres (Calif.) Courier /October 24, 2007