John V. (Jack) Parsons, a resident of Laguna Beach for 68 years, passed away peacefully in his sleep at Saddleback Memorial Hospital on Dec. 12, 2014 surrounded by love.
Born in Grand Junction, Colo., on Nov. 11, 1934, he was the son of Floyd Sr. Parsons and Edna (Tuttle) Reynolds. He was diagnosed with polio at the age of 8.
After moving to Laguna Beach at the age of 12, he discovered a love for the ocean that remained with him until his passing. While attending Laguna Beach schools, he met his beloved wife of almost 58 years, Linda (McGill) Parsons.
They married at the preacher’s home in Upland, Calif., on Jan. 25, 1957, and later welcomed three beautiful daughters. Professionally he worked as a mason, plumber and commercial fisherman. Even though polio affected a large portion of his body, he was determined to live a passionate, adventurous life.
Parsons shared his love for camping, hunting, fishing and the outdoors with his three daughters and then his grandchildren, giving his family a lifetime of happy memories.
After retiring, he found great joy in being a grandfather to his grandchildren by teaching them the value of appreciating the simple things in life. He and his “bride” would jump in their RV coach and explore their favorite camping spots that included Owens Valley, Anza desert, Mariposa and Paso Robles.
After polio compromised his walking ability, Parsons could be found tending to his fruit trees and large garden, soaking in the afternoon sun and “rolling” in his electric wheelchair around the neighborhood.
He is survived by his loving wife, Linda (McGill) Parsons of Laguna Beach; his daughters, Kim (Ron) Musial of Mission Viejo, Kathy Vick of Laguna Niguel, and Kelly (Mark) Johnson of Cambria; five grandchildren, Michael Musial, Ira Vick, Megan Vick, Kaj (Millissa) Johnson, and Eva (Chris) Burbach; and three great grandchildren, Eli Vick, Kai Burbach and Claire Johnson. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews including Craig (Annette) Parsons, Rennie Parsons, Sandy (Steve) Szemenyei, Diana (Tim) Whelan, and Michael McGill.
His 80th year of life was recently celebrated where family, friends and neighbors gathered at his home. At this time, there will not be a formal service.