Dr. William “Bill” Bart Parrish

This gospel truth gives the families of William “Bill” Bart Parrish, Catherine Evette Ross Parrish, Keegan Field Parrish, and Liam Bart Parrish tremendous hope. On February 22, 2014 together they returned to their Heavenly Father. Their remaining two children Ian (serving an LDS mission in South Dakota) and Jensen (currently serving an LDS ASL in the Vancouver, Wa. mission) are comforted by the knowledge that they will one day be united with their mother, father and younger brothers.

Dr. William “Bill” Bart Parrish, was born June 15, 1966 in Pocatello, Idaho; the only son of the late Bart Parrish and Becky Parrish Robinson.
Bill attended school at Hawthorne Jr. High and Highland High School. He was involved in sports and student government and made many lifelong friends. Bill attended Ricks College on a full ride Basketball scholarship. He also attended Brigham Young University, Idaho State University, and Creighton University. He was a natural leader. He used that ability to lead others to greatness.
Bill held numerous leadership positions. He served an LDS Mission in the New York, New York mission, was actively involved in the Lions Club, and the LDS church, and served in the Bishopric and Young Men’s Presidency of the Highland Stake 1st ward. Bill was a dentist on the Fort Hall Indian Reservation and served as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Public Health Commissioned Corps. Bill’s father in law, said of him “Bill is a worthy priesthood holder he led his family perfectly, he saw the “good” in everyone.” From the time Bill was very young he was driven to excel. He expected a lot of himself and was always obedient. Those who knew Bill, knew him to be an example of Christ like behavior.
Bill was fun loving and his laughter was infectious. He was happiest in the presence of his sweet wife Ross, his eternal companion. They complimented each other. Bill found tremendous joy in his children. He deserves every praise and more that will be spoken of him.

Bill is survived by his grandfather Bill Matthew, mother, Becky Parrish Robinson, his step-father, Bill Robinson, his sisters Michelle Pincock, Kristi Curtis, Carri Curtis, his brother’s in-law, Ferron Pincock, Brad Curtis and Brian Curtis his many nieces and nephews and cousins.

Our lives do not begin and end here, though your deaths were tragic and unexpected, your lives are testimony to the fact that our existence is but a hiccup in eternity. Families are forever Bill, Ross, Keegan, and Liam we are grateful to have known, loved, and learned from you we look forward to rejoining you in eternity. Your family legacy lives on in Jensen and Ian.

Funeral services will be held at 12:00 p.m., Friday, February 28, at the LDS Young Single Adult West Stake Center, adjacent to the Idaho State University, Steven’s Performing Arts Center at 1701 Bartz Drive. A viewing will be held Thursday, February 27, 2014 at that same location from 6:00-9:00 p.m. and again on Friday morning from 10-11 am. The doors will then be closed for a private family viewing from 11 am to 12 noon when services will then start.
There will be a nursery provided.
Interment will follow at Mountain View cemetery, section 51 West, Row 24.
Family and friends are invited to come celebrate the life of this remarkable family.

Condolences may be sent to the family at the Colonial Funeral Home, 2005 S 4th Ave, Pocatello, ID. or online at www.colonial-funeralhome.com.
In lieu of flowers if desired. Donations may be made to The Chubbuck Lions Club, 230 Parrish Lane Chubbuck, ID 83202, or The LDS Church General Mission Fund via online at http://www.ldsphilanthropies.org/missionary/

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  1. Kirsty Choffin

    To Ian and Jensen and the Parrish and Ross families, my thoughts and prayers are with you ! I was Ross and Bills neighbour in Omaha Nebraska, and was Jensens ICU nurse when she was born, Ross babysat my baby McKinlay, and Sheri Allen, Ross and I were great friends. I have met most of the family, and want you to know how sorry I am for this tremendous tragedy !!!

  2. Mary and Greg Page

    To the missionaries returning home to take care of their family… We wish you the best. May you feel the prayers of thousands upon thousands of people who are so touched and wish to help. Our hearts go out to you. With love and prayers, Greg and Mary Page

  3. Bron Rammell

    I feel so saddened by the Loss of Bill, his wife and two kids. I can’t imagine trying to understand any of this otherwise random and seemingly senseless tragedy without the context of the Gospel. My heart breaks not only you and your family, but especially Ian and his sister. I have a son of my own on a mission right now. It is truly the unthinkable; thrust in the faces of two very gentle and innocent souls. Of course they got that from their parents, who were wonderful people. I suppose it is through the suffering of others that we more fully appreciate our own blessings, fortune and the meaning of the atonement.

    I had enough personal dealings with Bill and his family to know that the loss of them is a loss to the stake and the entire community.

    I’m so sorry and offer what little I have; sincere condolences and an offer to help in any way that I can, though I know there is not much that can be done. Please pass my sentiments on to the family, as you feel appropriate.

    God bless,

  4. Kathleen Vorwick

    I am so very, very sad to read of the tragic deaths of the Parrish family.
    If you could pass this on to their two surviving children, I would
    appreciate it.

    I am 99.9 % sure that Bill Parrish is the same Elder Parrish who served so
    faithfully and joyfully here in Staten Island, New York in the mid-1980s.

    There are so many wonderful stories of his faith, character, testimony and
    his love of family and his Heavenly Father.

    One story- when it was time to be released, his Mom, Dad, and two younger
    sisters came in the biggest RV I had ever seen. They were able to fit it in
    my narrow driveway, so it worked . Elder Parrish’s Dad proceeded to fix so
    many little things around my house , which needed doing. We laughed and had
    a really nice time, even though we had never met before and didn’t keep in
    tough afterward.

    These were pre-Facebook days, so we couldn’t share pictures too easily after

    My heart breaks.


    Kathleen Vorwick
    10 Oakley Place
    Staten Island, NY 10306

  5. Jason Parrish

    Hey I got the message. Is there anyway that I can contact Jensen and Ian? I’ll do fine out here, of course I’m sad about it, really really sad, but I feel that I understand the Atonement and the Plan of Salvation to an extent that the sting of death is able to be swallowed up in Christ. I feel that I just want to be able to talk to Ian and Jensen about it, I talked to them both a couple of times while I’ve been out here, but don’t know if an email would get to them. When are the funeral services going to be? I appreciate all you’ve done for me so much, I can’t express how much I love you and mom. I, once again am able to put everything into perspective.
    It is really hard to accept it for what it is. I remember singing around the piano with Keegan at the Lion’s Club Christmas dinner and all the many times seeing and talking and playing with Ross and Bill and Liam, the Gospel of Jesus Christ shows that those times are more than just a memory though. Those memories will not only be memoirs to who they are forever to me, but they’ll move on through the eternities as I’m able to talk to them when we’re all in the presence of our Heavenly Father again. We can have a foretaste of that enveloping love now and I’ve felt that peace and happiness. As I’ve been thinking about this for the past 3 hours, just feeling it all out and seeing what truly matters, I’m so grateful for being a member of the Church of Jesus Christ. For having this knowledge. I hope that Ian and Jensen are able to feel of that love, and remember the knowledge that they have gained throughout their lives and missions.
    Let me know what I can do to lessen their pain and anything else as well. I love you!
    Elder Jason Parrish

  6. Tamye Durrant

    My deepest condolences on the loss of Bill, Ross, Keegan and Liam. It was an honor to know them and to have had the opportunity to serve with them in the Chubbuck Lions Club. I have known and loved the entire Parrish clan most of my life and my heart aches for you all in this tragedy. My family and I will be traveling and unable to attend the funeral but our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Much love to you all. Lion Tamye Durrant

  7. Melva McKenzie

    This is so sad. I wept when I read it. It is wonderful for the family gone on to be able to go together and be together in a beautiful Paradise. The two remaining young missionaries have my heart felt sympathy and prayers. It is a tremendous loss they will feel the rest of their mortal lives. Thankfully they have such strong testimonies and a strong support group. God bless, Melva McKenzie, Mountain Home, Idaho You are in my prayers.

  8. Kimberlee Howell

    we are so sorry for your loss. Heavenly Father will wrap his arms around you and give you great comfort at this time. Our prayers and thoughts are with you. Love the Howells in Great Falls Montana

  9. Angela Gibbons

    Our condolences from Ireland to the two young Missionaries, (our youngest son is on his mission) on the tragic loss of their family. Our prayers are with you as you grieve their loss. Families are forever and all that they were in life to you, they shall remain in eternity.

    Angela & Paul Gibbons, Carlow, Ireland

  10. marian esterholt

    Greater love hath no man … Stay strong and remember that you are all loved.
    Family History Center Director at Casper, Wyoming
    Marian Esterholt and staff

  11. Perkins Family

    Our family extends our prayers and regret to your family at this difficult time. May God and our Savior hold and comfort you to ease the pain of your hearts. Your deceased family members will continue to bless your lives, watch and listen closely. We have been blessed many times following a tragic death in our family.
    We send you our love and support!
    The Perkins Family

  12. Daniel T. Horrocks

    Of the many friends I’ve had among the Parrish family, Bill might be the one I’ve known the least. Even so, his smile and warm outreach every time I saw him, whether in the halls at church or at a community event, may be the greatest testimony of the Parrish legacy. Our hearts go out to each of you: to Jensen and Ian, and to Becky, Mickey, Kristi, Carri, and your families!

    With love, Dan & JaNae Horrocks
    , Amanda & Jake Christensen, & Sid Horrocks

  13. Immo Beijerling

    My heartfelt condolences and sympathies to the beautiful son and daughter of this family. I don’t know you, but tears flowed as if I did when I read of your loss. Continue on in your journey as you have started and know that Heavenly Fathers angels are round about you, on both sides of the veil at this time in your life.

    Much love and prayers

    Immo Beijerling
    New Zealand

  14. LueReeta and Dale Neil

    So very sorry to hear of your family’s untimely deaths! Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  15. Sergio and Gretchen Zanon

    We are members of the Rocky Butte Ward in the Portland East Stake. We want you to know our prayers and thoughts are with you at this time. There are not words to take the pain of losing a loved one and how much we miss them. At least we know that we will see them again. A favorite scripture comes to mind, “Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.” (Joshua 1:9)

    We send our love and comfort to you and your family.

    Gretchen, Sergio, Izabel, and Milene Zanon

  16. Saadia Rogers

    Although I didn’t know the family personally, I knew of them and feel that their warm presence and wonderful example will be deeply missed. I am so thankful for the knowledge of the gospel that families will be together forever. The realization that life here on earth is very short has impacted us through this tragedy. Our prayers are with your family.

  17. Wendy Webb

    To Elder and Sister Parrish,
    I am so sorry for your terrible loss. May the Lord comfort and keep you as you sorrow for your loss.
    I am from Pocatello, lived there for 10 years before moving to ABQ.
    Wendy Webb
    ABQ New Mexico

  18. John Ricks

    Dear Jensen, Iam, Becky and Bill and the rest of your wonderful family. Peggy and I wish to offer you all our heartfelt condolences at this time of deep sorrow. We can only say that Our Father-In-Heaven needed this family on the other side. They left without suffering, without incident and especially they left together. They were a great example in the Pocatello community of Faith, Service, Loving Family Unity and Work Ethic. We are living in St. George area and are currently serving with the Nauvoo Pageant every summer. Thank you for your friendship. The Lord be with and bless you all,
    John & Peggy Ricks

  19. Alan & Monica Black

    You are in our prayers. May Heavenly Father bless you and keep you close. We are so sorry for this tragic situation.
    God be with you till you meet again.
    All our love from your brother and sister in Dalton Ga.

  20. Bill and Cathy Wigington

    We are so sorry for your loss. Our love and prayers go out to you. We have known your Parrish family for a lot of years and what a wonderful you have.

  21. Debbie Layman

    Jensen, Ian & all the Parrish family,
    We are so sorry for your loss & the untimely passing of your sweet family. May you know that our Heavenly Father is with you as he wraps his loving arms around you during this difficult time. We send our love & condolences to you & pray for comfort & peace each day.

    Debbie Matson Layman & Katie Layman

  22. JaNae Beck Lewis

    I only learned today that the family who experienced this tragedy was Bill and Ross Parrish’s family. In my college years, beginning in 1987, I knew Bill and the Parrish’s extended family intimately, as friends and roommates. They hold a tender place in my heart and I regard them with much love and admiration, even after all these years. May our Heavenly Father’s sweetest peace rest upon the surviving family until the time that He sees fit to reunite you all in glory. xoxo

  23. Carolyn Friesz

    My heart goes out to all of the family and friends that lost their loved ones this week. I did not know Bill or his family, however, when I heard of this I knew it was my friend, Becky’s son! I have not seen Becky for years, but remember so well, what a wonderful person she was and always admired her family! Becky, I’m so sorry for your loss! May you hold close to your memories and the hope that you know you will be reunited as family! I will keep you and your family in my prayers throughout the coming days!

  24. Joan Dutton

    Dear Becky,Ian and Jensen,
    My heartfelt condolences to all of you and your family. Becky, I admire you for raising such a special son. You and Bart did a wonderful job. Your tragic loss has touched our entire community. I have prayed for you to have the Lord’s peace and comfort. Becky, do you remember the time you and Bart attended the Utah State Rendezvous in Sundance? You were so excited to meet Robert Redford. When you got the chance, you were speechless. I have laughed over that ever since. God bless you and your special family. Love, Joan Dutton

  25. Becky and Bill and family,
    I’m so sorry for your loss.

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