MONTE VISTA — Longtime Monte Vista resident Frank R. Parrill passed away Saturday, January 26, 2013 at the Colorado State Veteran’s Home in Monte Vista, Colorado with his loving family at his bedside after a lengthy illness.
Frank, known by many as “Pap” was born on August 16, 1928 in Cripple Creek, Colorado to Clarence and Esther (Nielson) Parrill. He married the love of his life, Joyce Anzick, on August 12, 1950 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Pueblo, Colorado.
Frank served in the United States Army in the European Theater during World War II and was honorably discharged after the war. After returning to the United States, he attended Colorado A & M, now Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado. He went to work for the Soil Conservation Service, Department of Agriculture and worked throughout the Valley. In the 1970s, he took an assignment on the Navajo Reservation, working out of Window Rock, Arizona, through the Bureau of Indian Affairs in conjunction with the Department of Agriculture. He remained on this assignment until his retirement in 1986. Upon retirement, he and Joyce returned to their home in Monte Vista, Colorado.
He enjoyed painting landscapes, golfing, fishing, skiing, eating and enjoying time with his family. Although he was quiet, Papa always made sure to leave you with a smile and wink with his big, crystal blue eyes.
Papa is survived by his son, Chris Parrill of Monte Vista, Colorado, daughter, Bernie Edsitty (Hank Hudson) of Window Rock, Arizona, and daughter-in-law, Tammy Parrill of Alamosa, Colorado. He is also survived by grandchildren Joshua Parrill of Denver, Colorado, Leah Harvey of Window Rock, Arizona, Aaron (Tisha) Parrill of Alamosa, Colorado, and Ashley (Sean) Vigil of Alamosa, Colorado; great-grandchildren J.J. and Cammie Nelson of Window Rock, Arizona, Hailynne and Addyson Parrill of Alamosa, Colorado and Connor Vigil of Alamosa, Colorado; aunt, Stephanie Barnett of Pueblo, Colorado. He is also survived by his care providers, who became part of the family, Steph Qualls and Sandra Herndon of Monte Vista, Colorado.
He is preceded in death by his wife, Joyce, parents, parents-in-law, Frank and Julia Anzick, and son, Scott Parrill.
A burial service will be held Thursday, January 31, 2013 at the Monte Vista Cemetery at 11 a.m. and an outside memorial mass will be held in the spring.
Strohmayer’s Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Sierra Grande Sociology Navajo Reservation Field Trip.