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Nathan Brian Parker, Ph.D

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“Several people at Nathan's memoroal service mentioned that he really wanted to make a difference in this world and for this earth! At ACC he was...Read More »
1 of 24 | Posted by: Meg Flemming - Austin, TX

“I just met Dr. Parker this semester as my microbiology teacher but I instantly could see his passion for the subject. He was an amazing teacher and...Read More »
2 of 24 | Posted by: Sierra Giberson - Austin, TX

“Kathy, Sorry to hear of this tragedy. My deepest sympathies. I cannot imagine a worse fate than outliving a child in day and age. Ben ”
3 of 24 | Posted by: B A Franklin - TOPEKA, KS

“I had the privilege of working with Nathan conducting salamander surveys for the City of Austin. I was happy to see that this time was memorable...Read More »
4 of 24 | Posted by: Lisa O'Donnell - Austin, TX

“Death at a young age and with so many promising contributions in science and protection of nature, and simple betterment of life for all, is so...Read More »
5 of 24 | Posted by: Cristina Herencia, Ph.D. - Austin, TX

“I only met Nathan a few times and he was happy and easy going each time I met him. I am sure Vico and he discussed hog hunting, since they both...Read More »
6 of 24 | Posted by: Vico and Cammy Jones - Austin

“I am sorry for your loss. I pray for peace and memories that last forever. Bless you all. Cindy Albach ”
7 of 24 | Posted by: Cindy Albach

“Nathan was 10 years of age. Even then a handful and seeking ways to improve the recycling of kitchen waste at home. He was so energetic and curious...Read More »
8 of 24 | Posted by: David Belden - Topeka, KS

“Nathan worked in my lab for the last year of his Ph.D. degree. He did a wonderful job with his thesis and his defense. He was a friend as well as a...Read More »
9 of 24 | Posted by: Matthew Buechner - Lawrence, KS

“Sending the family healing light and love as they grieve the loss of Nathan. Praying for blessings for all you need at this time. Giving thanks and...Read More »
10 of 24 | Posted by: Jennifer Zuccone - Fountain Hills, AZ

“To all the family, I'm so sorry to hear of your loss. I send prayers of love and healing. Much love, Mary Kay Sexton ”
11 of 24 | Posted by: Mary Kay Sexton - Austin, TX

“Nathan was a great person. He was my science mentor when I was an undergraduate at UT Austin ten years ago. He was very patient and generous in...Read More »
12 of 24 | Posted by: Erine Budi - CA - Colleague

“To all your family, We are so saddened by your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Jennifer Tollefson and Billy Henry ”
13 of 24 | Posted by: Jennifer Tollefson - Austin, TX

“We are deeply saddened by the loss of Nathan. I had the pleasure of being introduced to him by Dee Asbury and he was a wonderful addition to our...Read More »
14 of 24 | Posted by: Celeste Easter - Alpharetta, GA

“Kari, you and your family are in our prayers...praying God will cover you in His peace and give you comfort. What a full and joyous life Nathan has...Read More »
15 of 24 | Posted by: Brandi & Jay Crowell - Paris, TX

“Kari and family:Jim and I are so sorry for the tragic loss of your beloved Nathan. Our thoughts. prayers. love and condolences are with all of you. ”
16 of 24 | Posted by: Chris and Jim Martin - Austin, TX

“My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Blessings and peace. ”
17 of 24 | Posted by: Clint

“Love and prayers for comfort and peace to all of you... ~ Elizabeth Guice ”
18 of 24 | Posted by: Elizabeth Guice

“Kari, Kathy, Misha and Angelo,We are so sorry for your loss of Nathan. We know that he will be a big miss your lives and hearts. Our thoughts and...Read More »
19 of 24 | Posted by: The DeLuca Family - CT

“Renee and Terry, our thoughts and prayers will be with you and your family during this difficult time. Love to you all. ”
20 of 24 | Posted by: Jennie Luongo - Austin, TX

“Renee, You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. ”
21 of 24 | Posted by: John Pomeroy and Heather McKinney - TX

“Almighty Eternal God, in Your fatherly goodness, be kind to the soul of Your servant, Nathan. Cleanse him whom You have called from this world of all...Read More »
22 of 24 | Posted by: Geraldine Jennings - Austin, TX

“When I think of Nathan, I see his wonderful smile, I hear his quick wit, and I feel his caring nature. What a Blessing it was to have known him for...Read More »
23 of 24 | Posted by: Diane Walker - Friend

“I didn't have a chance to get to know Nathan very well, we had only shared one semester working together at CYP microbiology. But I remember how...Read More »
24 of 24 | Posted by: Nina Jo Baj - Austin, TX


Nathan was born on February 28, 1972 in Buffalo, New York and died on November 5, 2012 in Austin, Texas. Nathan lived in Buffalo until the age of seven when the family moved to Topeka, Kansas. He attended Park School in Buffalo, followed by Whitson Elementary School, French Middle School and Topeka West High School all in Topeka, Kansas. In high school he was involved in drama, debate and scuba diving. Nathan's love of the natural world, recycling and experimental studies, started in high school when he conducted an independent study to determine if old newsprint could be used to feed mushrooms. During summers he earned money selling fireworks and doing projects for family businesses.

After graduation he attended Kansas State University, beginning with enough Advanced Placement credits to matriculate as a sophomore. He then transferred to KU, University of Kansas, where he earned a Doctoral degree in Cellular Genetics. He completed post-doctoral studies at the University of Texas at Austin. Nathan remained in Austin, performing water studies for the City of Austin, checking salamander populations, and teaching biology at Austin Community College. Nathan joined the NOAA corps, serving as an Ensign on the USS Miller Freeman. Upon returning to Austin he resumed teaching responsibilities at ACC.

Nathan became a certified ship's Captain and enjoyed boating and fishing on the Texas coast. Nathan was an avid caver and very involved in the Texas caving community. He also enjoyed rock climbing, target shooting, hunting wild boar, cooking, gardening and working on cars. Nathan especially enjoyed doing all of these activities with friends and family.

He is predeceased by his father, Harry Charles Parker Jr. Nathan is survived by his wife, Kari Commagere; his mother, Kathlyn Parker and beloved step-father, Angelo Rodrigues of Dripping Springs; his sister, Misha Sherman her husband Steve and niece Eva Sherman of New Jersey. As well as Kari's family including Gail Commagere, Terry and Renee Hall nephews, Morgan and Andrew Hall of Austin. And the many loving members of his extended family and friends who made his life a happy one.

Family will be receiving friends on Saturday, November 10, 2012 at 10:00 am at Weed- Corley-Fish Funeral Home at 2620 South Congress Ave in Austin, Texas. Service will follow at 11:00 am.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations in Nathan's name to one of the following charities: the Boy Scouts of America Capital Area Council (www.bsacac.org) or to Texas Cave Management Association (TCMA): http://www.tcmacaves.org/financial/. Please visit Nathan's Facebook page or the online guestbook at http://www.wcfish.com/ to leave messages for Nathan's family.

Donations to the Texas Cave Management Association (TCMA) should use the following steps:

1. Go to this website: http://www.tcmacaves.org/financial/NathanParker.html
2. In the "Donate To" space, pull down "other" from the menu. This alerts TCMA that the donation is for a special honor.
3. Fill out the remainder of the donation information.
4. *Important final step* is to email ronralph@tcmacaves.org with the information that this donation is in honor of Nathan Parker.

In Memory of Nathan Parker