Frederick Jerry Parsons

Frederick Jerry Parsons, born to Perry and Esther Eberhardt Parsons December 10 1935, Saranac Lake NY passed away peacefully July 28, 2015, in Bellevue WA.

In his youth, Fred excelled as a competitive skater, loved fishing, hunting, camping and the great outdoors. Perry and Esther were loving parents inspiring curiosity, imagination, passion for the arts and nature, craftsmanship, quest for learning, instilling the values of humbleness, tenacity, hard word and love of family. Fred set out and did the same for his children. Throughout his lifetime, Fred was an avid reader, history buff, philosopher and entrepreneur with interests in a wide variety of subjects. He was a prolific storyteller like his father and brother, Paul.

While earning his Aeronautical Engineering degree from Rensselaer-Polytechnic Institute (RPI), Troy NY, 1958 Fred was active in AF ROTC and working at GE on rocket engines.

After graduation, Boeing offered an engineering position and relocation to Seattle where he began a lifelong fulfilling career which included aerospace industry stalwarts such as Boeing, Moog, National Waterlift, LTV and Sundstrand Corp. Fred founded Interflight Services Inc.(ISI) in Bellevue, working there for the last 25 years.

Fred met and married his wife Karen, in the summer of 1960. During their youth in Seattle Fred and Karen established a large group of close lifelong friends. Fred had friends from all walks of life and loved to entertain them with Karen, throwing memorable one-of-a-kind parties. Fred was a force and a colorful character. He will be greatly missed.

He is survived by his family, Karen (wife), children Kim (David) of Mercer Island, and grandsons Ryan, Taylor, Evan; Brett (Heather) of TX, Chris and grandchildren Seth and Brooke; Perry Parsons of ID and his brother Paul (Evie), NY.

Funeral services will be held on August 22nd at 1:00 pm at Lake View Cemetery, in Seattle, followed by a gathering of friends and family. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the Salvation Army or any Mission for the homeless, or Pap Haven of WA (Papillion rescue).