Todd Parke, VP of Texas Tech Air, was killed by a motorist while walking his beloved dog, Rosco, near his home in Waxahachie, Texas, on 15th September. He was 59.
Parke’s career in the industrial gas industry began with Valley National Gases in West Virginia in 1986. He became regional manager and in 2010 moved to MATHESON for a similar role. From 2012, he was VP at American Welding & Gas for nearly five years before moving to Texas from Valparaiso Indiana to become VP at Tech Air in May last year.
Todd Andrew Parke was born on 26th May, 1959 to Norman and Judy Parke in Toledo, Ohio. He graduated from Start High School in 1977, Hocking College and the University of Pittsburgh. He married his high school sweetheart, Julie, and they had two daughters, Jenifer and Megan. Todd became the proud grandfather to a baby girl, Sophia, in November 2017.
He enjoyed antiques and, along with wife Julie, were longtime collectors of Hall China. They frequented annual conventions together, where he enjoyed seeing friends from around the country. He also enjoyed gardening, landscaping, and making improvements to the homes he lived in throughout his life. Todd, a Green Bay Packers fan, enjoyed sports – especially golf – and remained active to the end. He was part of a golf league while living in Venetia, Pennsylvania, and continued to make new friends through golf in Waxahachie.
Todd was very proud to run alongside his youngest daughter in her races and was training for an upcoming run in November.
He was a proud American and enjoyed touring historical sites wherever he went. He was tremendously knowledgeable about American history and read prolifically, often reading two or more books at once.
Todd will be dearly missed by those who knew him for his bright smile and easy-going nature. He was a friend to many people, and loved animals as well, having always had companion cats and dogs in his life.
Todd will be lovingly remembered by his wife Julie Parke, daughters Jenifer Rune (Christopher Rune) and Megan Parke (Kyle Carson), granddaughter Sophia Anastasia Rune, and half-brother Shawn Parke (Teresa Parke), as well as several cousins and many friends.