Don Parker, author of “Roustabout, Navy Captain, Academic Dean: The Unexpected Adventure of Hard Work and Dumb Luck”

When my husband Don started writing a memoir, his goal was to leave a family history for our Donald F. Parker, author of "Roustabout, Navy Captain, Academic Dean: The Unexpected Adventure of Hard Work and Dumb Luck," published by Dancing Moon Presschildren and grandchildren so they would understand their background and the values of the family to which they had been born. It was a huge project because Don had a lot to say, so we soon discovered that we needed help. The lucky day was our meeting with Carla Perry without whom this project would have failed. From her, Don learned to find his voice and write so that his chapters flowed, and he managed to complete the first draft before he died. Then it became my project to finish; a task that would have been impossible had it not been for Carla. She gently guided me as I learned to edit, scan photographs, organize, update, and to find my own voice. Finally, she designed and suggested the best possible way to make Don’s two-volume memoir, Roustabout, Navy Captain, Academic Dean, a treasured addition to our family libraries. No detail was too small or insignificant for her expert eye. The project was truly a joint effort, and the finished product is a work of art. I am truly grateful to have worked with Carla every step of the way. Friends are beginning to call in as they receive their books in the mail. All are overwhelming in their praise of how beautiful it is and how they can hear Don’s voice as they read. Emily’s word is “marvelous.” —Jo Ellen Parker

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