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 March 24, 2024

Texas state senator Carl Parker dead at 89

Carl A. Parker, a towering figure in the annals of the Texas Legislature, breathed his last peacefully at his Port Arthur residence at 89 years old.

Known for his impassioned advocacy for educational reform and his indelible impact on the lives of Texans, Parker's demise marks the end of an era in Texan politics.

Death confirmed

Larry Olbekson from Clayton Thompson Funeral Home confirmed their responsibility for handling the funeral arrangements, expressing intentions to convene with the bereaved family early next week to finalize the details.

Surviving him is his wife, Dr. Beverly Parker, alongside his son Allen, who shared legal practice with him, two daughters, and numerous other relatives.

Born on August 6, 1934, Parker embarked on his illustrious journey by graduating from the University of Texas School of Law in 1958. His commitment to public service led him to the Texas House of Representatives, where he served as a Democrat from 1962 to 1977. He later transitioned to the Texas Senate, serving until 1995.

His legacy

Parker's legislative legacy is etched in the fabric of Texas history. His pivotal role in the creation of Lamar State College Port Arthur and the establishment of the Port of Port Arthur stands as a testament to his dedication to improving educational and infrastructural landscapes.

His contributions to consumer protection, exemplified by the pioneering Consumer Protection Act, underscore his commitment to safeguarding the interests of Texans.

Colleagues fondly recalled Parker's tenacity and efficacy in championing causes for his constituents and the greater populace of Texas. His legislative prowess was matched only by his unwavering dedication to serving the people he represented.

His legal career

Beyond the hallowed halls of legislation, Parker carved out a distinguished legal career. From his tenure as a Navy lawyer to his establishment of a thriving law firm with offices in Austin and Port Arthur, Parker's legal acumen left an indelible mark on the Texan legal landscape.

His repertoire spanned a wide spectrum, from criminal cases to multimillion-dollar business litigations, showcasing his versatility and expertise. Funeral arrangements are pending, with updates forthcoming.

In the narrative of Texan politics, Carl A. Parker's name resonates as a beacon of integrity, leadership, and unwavering commitment to the betterment of his community and state.

His passing leaves a void that will be felt by all who had the privilege of knowing him and benefiting from his tireless advocacy.

Parker, a titan of Texan politics, leaves behind a legacy that will endure for generations to come.

Written By:
Dillon Burroughs

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