Lemley Chapel
Serving Sedro-Woolley &
All of Skagit County Since 1935
1008 Third Street
Sedro-Woolley, WA
John Madison “Matt” Parker Memorial
John Madison “Matt” Parker Memorial

John Madison “Matt” Parker

John Madison “Matt” Parker

Friday, May 28th, 2010

Matt passed away on Friday, May 28, 2010 at the Life Care Center of Skagit Valley in Sedro-Woolley, Washington after a brief period of multiple illnesses.

He was born March 3, 1930 in Sylva, North Carolina to Mary Etta and Holmes Parker.

In 1952, he and his family traveled to Lyman where he immediately began working for the Lonestar Cement Plant in Concrete.  After sixteen good years of employment with Lonestar, Matt was forced to look for other work due to the closure of the plant.  Without delay, Matt began employment with the Scott Paper Company where he quickly obtained many skills of the logging industry.  In 1984, the Scott Paper Company closed its doors which ended fifteen years of rewarding employment.

On April 22, 1955, Matt married his wife Frances in Lyman and they recently celebrated their 55th Wedding Anniversary.  Matt and Frances made their home in Lyman where they raised their two daughters.  He enjoyed many outdoor activities with his family and friends, such as camping and fishing at Diablo and bird hunting in Eastern Washington.  Matt’s greatest enjoyment was playing catch and dancing with his two granddaughters.

Matt is survived by his wife Frances of the family home in Lyman.  Two daughters, Tina Ellison and her husband David of Burlington and Tracy Tesarik and her husband Chad of Mount Vernon.  Granddaughters, Sydney Tesarik and Chloe Ellison.  His brother, Arnold Parker and his wife Joan of Lyman and sisters, Dorothy Wood of Lyman and Fannie Mae Lloyd and her husband Lester of Knoxville, Maryland.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Mary Etta and Holmes, brothers, Harry, Vernon, June, and Louie and sisters, Bonnie Bishop and Marie Price.

The family would like to extend a very special thanks for the exceptional care and support that Matt received by the following people:  Dr. Luther and staff, employee’s at the Life Care Center of Skagit Valley, and the MSO staff at United General Hospital.

“Dad I know that you will forever be watching over and guiding us.”

Graveside Services will be Friday, June 4, 2010 at 11:00 AM at the Lyman Cemetery with Pastor Dale Price officiating with a reception to follow at the family home.  Visitation is available on Wednesday and Thursday from 9 AM to 5 PM at Lemley Chapel, Sedro-Woolley.  Memorials are suggested to the Alzheimer’s Association 12721 30th Ave N.E. #101 Seattle, WA 98125 or United General Hospital 2000 Hospital Drive Sedro-Woolley, WA 98284.


  • Judy Bell

    I am sending this prayer from my Dad. He worked with this fine man at Lone Star and he too went to Scott Paper. We moved back to North Carolina in 1970. Dad speaks so well of him.

    The Family of Ralph Bell

  • Debbie and Lagina

    Tina,Tracy, and Frances,
    So sorry about your dad. We have great memories growing up on the other side of the fence. Good times camping and fishing. I can still see your dad driving into Lyman in that little red chevy luv that we all wanted to drive when we turned 16. Let your good memories get you thru the rough times.
    Take care
    Debbie,Lagina, and family

  • Dennis Deitz

    I am so sorry to hear about Matt. As we all know, God will help you through this. I remember always coming by your house to see if you were home when I was in Washington. Let me know if there is anything I can do for you.

  • Jodi Hulst

    Dear Tina,

    I was so sorry to hear today about the passing of your Dad. May all your wonderful memories bring you comfort during this sad time. Your family are all in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Tim & Kay Price

    Dear Frances , Tracy , Tina, Your in our thoughts and prayers . May god be with you,all at this time I’m really sadden to hear the news Tim & Kay Price

  • Doris (Queen) Groves

    To all the Parkers, my prayers are with you at this sad time. I remember we moved from NC at about the same time; so we go back a long way! (Fannie May & I were in the second grade, and then years later I babysat for Arnold & Joan.) May God comfort all of you.

    Doris Groves

  • bobbi hendrix-bryant

    Frances and girls and Arnold and family,
    our thougths are with you all at this sad time,

  • Billie Stormont

    Dear Tracy, Tina and Frances,
    I am so sorry to hear of your loss. My thoughts are with you and the rest of your family at this difficult time. I will always remember him! My best to all of you.
    Billie Stormont