Earl William Pargé


Earl William Pargé, 87, of Amarillo, died Monday, March 25, 2013.

Memorial services will be at 11:00 a.m., Friday, March 29, 2013, in Boxwell Brothers Ivy Chapel with Gene Shelburne officiating. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Mr. Pargé was born in Chicago, IL, February 4, 1926, to Ted and Carrie Pargé. He graduated Lane Tech High School in Chicago and went directly into the Army Air Corps, in February 1944. He served as right waist gunner on a B-17 in Italy during World War II.

Mr. Pargé met Jane Dice while at the University and they were married in 1948 in Chicago. He graduated from School of Architecture, University of Illinois in 1950. Stood the exam and received his license to practice architecture in Illinois. In 1951, they moved to Amarillo.

He retired in 1996 after a successful 46 years in the practice of architecture. A few of his projects include the Pioneer Amphitheater in Palo Duro Canyon, Tascosa High School, Amarillo City Hall, Don Harrington Discovery Center, Bivins Memorial Nursing Home, Park Place Towers and numerous buildings on the WTAMU and AC campuses.

Earl was an avid fisherman and aviation enthusiast and participated in the Amarillo Radio Kontrol Society (ARKS) activities for many years. He was also a founding member of the Panhandle Foreign and Sports Car club in the ‘50s. He was an artist who created water colors, oil paintings, mobiles and woodcarvings and had a passion for sharing his knowledge with others.

He was a member of First Christian Church of Amarillo.

He was preceded in death by his father and mother; and two granddaughters, Katie Pargé and Sarah Pargé.

Survivors include his wife, Jane of Amarillo; a brother, Ted and wife Kathy of Aurora, IL; three sons, Kent and wife Donna Sue, Phil and wife Sally, and Garrison; two granddaughters, Carrie and husband Steve Singleton and Haley and husband Kyle McCall; and three great-grandchildren, Jackson Parker McCall, Jace Tyler Singleton and Emerson Jane McCall.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be made to BSA Hospice or Olivia’s Angels, P.O. Box 950, Amarillo, Texas 79105; or to a favorite charity.

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