Claremore Daily Progress

Obituaries

June 29, 2014

John “Blake” Parkhurst

CLAREMORE — A Celebration of the Life of John “Blake” Parkhurst will be 12 p.m., Tuesday July 1, at the MMS-Payne Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Michael Clark officiating.  Burial will follow at Oakhaven Memorial Gardens.

John “Blake” Parkhurst passed away Sunday, February 9, 2014 in Tulsa at the age of 51.

 The son of John Robert “Bob” and Mary Ann Whiteside Parkhurst was born September 8, 1962 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. As a young boy he and his family moved to Claremore. There he began attending Claremore schools. He was a very gifted student, who loved playing the drums in band. He graduated Claremore High in 1981. After graduation he attended Rogers State College and Tulsa University, and then began traveling with a couple of area bands, as a sound and lighting expert. For many years he traveled the country. However around 1996 he found himself on the open road as a professional truck driver. A few years later he began operating his own trucking company. Blake loved driving his truck. He had made mention that the only states he had not hauled in were California and Hawaii. In his spare time he could be found doing many different things, such as sailing, shooting, woodworking, and sharing his love of music through his vast collection of all types of music and professional DJ services.

 He is preceded in death by his father, Bob Parkhurst.

Survivors include his mother, Mary Ann Parkhurst of Claremore; brother, Reid Parkhurst and wife Kristine ; nephews, Paxton and Cole Parkhurst; and niece, Lyndsey Parkhurst all of Cumming, Georgia, and his extended family in San Marcos, Austin, and Houston, Texas and Broken Arrow, Oklahoma.

Memorials may be made to the Will Rogers Library at 1515 North Florence Avenue, Claremore, Oklahoma 74017. Please contact them if you wish to specify type of book.

View and sign Blake’s online memorial at www.mmsfuneralhomes.com.

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