Kevin and Cynthia Parks passed away together, while holding hands on January 16, 2022 from COVID. They were married for 44 years. Kevin, 68, was born in Phoenix AZ, attended Madison #2 Elementary School and graduated (1971) from Camelback High School. He retired from the Phoenix Fire Department in 2016 after 32 years of service. He is preceded in death by his parents Charles and Liesle Parks, brother Dennis, and sister Karen. He is survived by his sons James and Ryan Parks, granddaughter Faith Parks, sister Jenny, and brothers Clayton, Brian, Tom, and John. Cynthia Parks, 66, was born in Phoenix AZ, attended Lafayette Elementary School and graduated (1973) from Camelback High School. She retired from the Scottsdale Unified School District in 2021 after 31 years. The majority of her career was at Tavan Elementary School. She is preceded in death by her parents Jim and Margaret McGinnis, and brother Patrick. She is survived by her sons James and Ryan Parks, granddaughter Faith Parks, sister Kathy Kelley, and brother Kevin McGinnis.A Visitation will be held on Wednesday, February 2, 2022 from 4-7 P.M. with a 6:00 P.M. Scripture Service at Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home, 4800 E Indian School Rd. Phoenix AZ, 85018. Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Thursday, February 3, 2022 at 10:30 A.M. at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church, 2312 E. Campbell Ave, Phoenix AZ 85016. Burial to follow at Double Buttes Cemetery, 2505 W. Broadway Rd., Tempe AZ 85282. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the AZ Humane Society, UPFFA Charities, or Tavan Elementary School Library. Condolences may be expressed at www.whitneymurphyfuneralhome.com
This is so sad & yet sweet they were together. I used to see Kevin out for walks & stopped by his old house today, as I do several days per week on my run, to see if the cats were out. Coincidentally I googled him today for the first time and was shocked to see his obituary, though I knew he had health issues.
Kevin used to joke that some guy wanted to buy his house, but he was holding out until next year when it would be worth $100k more. I guess there is no next year.
I met James & Ryan a couple of times. I used to greet Waddles almost every day. It took several months before she’d come close to me at the fence, but once she did, she enjoyed a pat on the head whenever I stopped by. I hope the cats are being taken care of, especially the old orange tabby whom I haven’t seen for awhile.
I was so sad to hear of Cyndy’s passing. I worked with her at SUSD and always enjoyed our chats. Last time I spoke with her she talked about how excited she was to retire, such a shame she didn’t get to enjoy it. I guess when it is time to go passing with the love of your life while holding hands isn’t a bad way to go. Bless them both and may they both rest in peace.
I interacted with Cyndy for around ten years while my children attended Tavan. She was a joy to work with and a helpful soul. Bless her and her loving husband.
Paul and Cada Mullon
My wife and I are also Camelback grads (‘74) and find their life and love for each other special. Our condolences to your family and loved ones.
Rip. What a mentor you were to me . Your wife ..such great people.
I had the pleasure of working with Cyndy at Tavan for a few years. I never saw her without a smile especially when she would share stories about her family whom she adored. This was easily seen when she and Kevin were together. My condolences to the family. May they both rest in paradise.