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Richard Lee Park, Sr., passed away at home surrounded by his loved ones on March 11, 2017. He was born in Austin, Texas, on February 2, 1942. He graduated From Travis High School in 1960. Richard served in the Army National Guard, and then joined the US Navy in 1960. He was a Vietnam veteran and honorably discharged in 1967. Afterwards, he became a lineman, working at various places such as putting power lines across the Houston ship channel and working for the City of Austin Electric Department. Richard graduated from Southwest Texas State University in 1978 with a B.S. in criminal justice. He was a UT police officer, where he would meet his wife of now 42 years, Barbara Chenault Park. He became an adult probation officer with Travis County in 1982, and retired in 2004.

A loving father, he raised four children: William Gene Lewis, Kim Hughes, Richard Lee Park, Jr. and Chelsea Renee Park Puckett.

He has touched many lives along the way, coaching youth football and baseball, working with First Tee of Austin and junior golf. He played softball for years with the Snoopies, a team made up of mostly family members. Richard was also a Mason and a Shriner clown named Snuggles. He was an ardent animal lover and adored children. Richard and his wife made their home a safe place for all of their children's friends to come and visit, play, and find refuge from their home struggles.

He is preceded in death by his mother; Agnes Park Voigt; father, James Park; four brothers, Robert Park, Sr., George Park, Sr., Billy Cox, Sr., and Frank Park. He is survived by his wife, Barbara Chenault Park; children, grandchildren and siblings, Joseph Park, Sr., Howard Park, Sr., Margaret Shaw, John Park and Agnes Christal; as well as a multitude of nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

Richard lived a big full life serving his country, community, and church tirelessly. He was a member of University Avenue Church of Christ for several years serving his congregation nobly. He loved his family dearly and will be missed immensely. We can be at peace knowing he's in his Heavenly home now and enjoying a wonderful reunion with his family.

A Celebration of Richard's life will be held at 3:30 P.M., on Saturday, April 1, 2017, at Cook-Walden/Forest Oaks Funeral Home. Guests are encouraged to wear Longhorn's colors in memory of Richard's love of football.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Shriners Children's Hospital, ASPCA, or Habitat for Humanity.