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Nov. 30, 1960–Oct. 27, 2021

Richard Clark Parrish passed away Oct. 27, 2021. 

Rick was born Nov. 30, 1960, in Newcastle, Wyo., to James R. and Ardys Winans Parrish. He was the middle child of five with two brothers, Scott and David, and two sisters, Tierny and Karen.

Growing up, Rick and his siblings helped at the News Letter Journal. Rick helped fold and assemble newspapers, worked in the darkroom, and ran errands. Rick was valedictorian of Newcastle High School class of 1979. He was a National Merit finalist and won medals at scholastic competitions, especially in math. He attended college at the University of Wyoming with his high school friends and graduated with a degree in accounting. This would become his life’s work.

Max Decker invited Rick to be Decker’s office manager. Rick very much enjoyed working for Max. Rick then worked for Updike Brothers for several years and when it was sold to Key Energy, Rick continued working for Key.

In 1996, Rick became the father of twin girls, Bailey and McKinzie. Later, Rick adopted two sons, Dain and Dailynn. The family moved to Casper, Wyo., and Rick continued to work for Key. They then moved to Midland, Texas where he had great fun with his Indian Princess daughters (a camping group).

In 2010, Rick moved to Houston, Texas. Rick worked for Patterson UTI Drilling Company LLC (oil drilling).  He was well-loved and respected by his coworkers (at all of his jobs). 

Rick’s maternal grandparents were former South Dakota Supreme Court Judge Fred Winans and wife Marian.  His paternal grandparents were Maurine Swanson Parrish Strom (Tore) and John Ray Parrish (Dora). J.R. was the owner and publisher of the News Letter Journal. Rick’s father Jim was also the former owner and editor of the News Letter Journal

Rick is survived and missed by his children, Bailey, McKinzie, Dain, and Dailynn; grandchildren, Cody and Oaklee; siblings and their spouses, Scott (Amy), David (Kim), Tierny, Karen (Fred) Winter; mother Ardys; uncles, cousins, nieces
and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, Jim; aunts, Jeannine and Ann; and
cousin Randy. 

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Shriners Travel Fund or dropped off at Meridian Mortuary.

Private family services will be held. Memorials and condolences may be sent in care of Meridian Mortuary, 111 S. Railroad Ave., Newcastle, WY 82701. 

Condolences may also be expressed at


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