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    Posted: 25 Jan 2016 at 8:15am

CAPT George Rod Parish, Jr., USN (Ret.) deployed for his final assignment on January 17, 2016 at 89 years of age. 

George was born on New Year's Eve 1926 to the late George R. Parish and Gussie Foster Parish in Oklahoma City, OK. He grew up as a rancher in New Mexico, graduating with the Albuquerque High School class of 1943 at age 16. After a year with the horse cavalry at New Mexico Military Institute, George entered the U. S. Naval Academy in 1944 and graduated with the war-shortened Class of '48A in June 1947. He married the love of his life, Jeanne C. McFadden of Baltimore, in 1948. Jeanne and George enjoyed a 30-year career together in the Navy, finding time to raise five children along the way. 

Following two years of sea duty aboard USS Boxer (CV-21), George volunteered for Submarine School. Sea duty assignments included USS Tusk (SS-426), USS Entemedor (SS-340), USS Wahoo (SS565) and USS Trout (SS-566) (CO). Follow on tours included command of Submarine Division 41, USS Canisteo (AO-99), and Service Squadron Eight. George and Jeanne experienced shore duty in Alameda, New London, Pearl Harbor, Charleston, Washington, D.C. and Norfolk, including several happy years on Powhatan Street aboard the Norfolk Naval Station. 

Shore tours included the Naval War College, Industrial College of the Armed Forces, Office of the CNO and Submarine Force Staff. George also earned an M.S. from George Washington University. 

Following retirement from the Fifth Naval District staff in 1977, George spent 10 years as a Naval Engineer with QED Systems in Virginia Beach. He also enjoyed many years of world travel with Jeanne while their fleet of grandchildren and great-grandchildren grew steadily. George enjoyed saltwater fishing, gourmet cooking and fixing anything that was broken in his or his children's homes. He also enjoyed anything covered in the Sports Pages, but especially Navy Football and horse racing. He was a dedicated volunteer with Virginia Beach Public Schools and served as an usher at the NAB Little Creek Catholic chapel for decades. 

He was a loyal son, brother, spouse, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend who remained unflappable through any situation. 

In addition to his parents and his sister, Betty Anderson, George was predeceased by his wife Jeanne and daughter Charlotte. He is survived by four children: David Parish (Carol) of Salisbury, MD, Rod Parish (Cecilia) of Alexandria, VA, Kathy Davidoski (Mark) of Virginia Beach, VA, and Anne James (Phillip) also of Virginia Beach. Survivors also include Chris and Kathy Virtue of Southern Pines, NC as well as 15 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

A funeral Mass will be offered at St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church in Virginia Beach, VA on Monday, Jan. 25, 2016, at 11 a.m. Visitation will occur at Hollomon-Brown Funeral Home, Bayside Chapel, 1457 Independence Blvd., Virginia Beach on Sunday, Jan. 24, 2016, from 6 to 8 p.m. Interment at Arlington National Cemetery will follow at a future date.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to a charity of your choosing in George's memory. Condolences may be offered to the family at:

Published in The Virginian Pilot on Jan. 22, 2016

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