After 20 Years

In the summer of 1990, we had Mr. Parker come to Missoula, Montana, for a seminar.  In order to draw more interest in the seminar, I ran an ad in the local newspaper.  I received a call from a lady that lived just north of us in the Flathead Valley.  She asked if she and a friend could attend to say hi to Mr. Parker. She mentioned she had met Mr. Parker 20 years ago at Elvis’ house and had not seen him since and would just like to pay their respects. I talked to her for a while and found that she had only seen Mr. Parker that one time but that they had spent a whole afternoon with him and really enjoyed their time with him. I thought it would be a good thing so I told her to come on down to the seminar. Although the women had contacted me about a month prior to the seminar, I had forgotten to tell Mr. Parker she was coming.

On the day of the seminar the ladies showed up as we were finishing the seminar and waited until we were done before they came in.  Mr. Parker was signing some belts but as soon as he saw them come in he excused himself and went right over to them and gave them a big hug and started to ask them about their families. He remembered their names and the names of their husbands and their kids. He had only met them once 20 years earlier for one afternoon. How in the world had he remembered them after so much time? I have a hard time remembering people soon after meeting them, so it seemed strange to me that Mr. Parker could remember someone he met but once 20 years ago. After they left I asked Mr. Parker about this and he said “Chris, when you remember a person’s name it makes them feel important to you.” Now I figured that there had to be some kind of trick he used to help him remember people so I asked Mr. Parker how  he remembered people and he just looked at me like I was very dim and said, “people are important to me.”

This is just one of the many things that made Mr. Parker so special. He always treated people like they mattered to him and as he said it was because they did. Whenever you were with Mr. Parker he would always give you his undivided attention. He always made you feel special and I truly believe that was because to him we were all special.  I will always cherish the small amount of time my wife and I were able to spend with Mr. Parker and he will always hold a special place in our hearts.

We miss you Mr. Parker.

Chris and Pattie Crews

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