Let the memory of Quay be with us forever.
  • Born on November 6, 1942 .
  • Passed away on October 20, 2018 .

The Honorable Quay Frederick Parker, Esquire was born on November 6, 1942 in Arkansas City, Kansas. Following a battle with Leukemia, he passed away on October 20, 2018 in Dallas at the age of 75. Services will be held on November 3, 2018, at 1:00 pm at the Heritage Church of Christ, 4201 Heritage Parkway, Fort Worth.

He excelled at cross country running and drama at Norman High School. Quay took great pride in the fact that he funded his university education selling books door to door, earning his BA degree at Abilene Christian College. He studied law at Texas Tech and earned his JD at Oklahoma City University. Quay began his legal career in 1973, serving in various positions as city, county and district attorney until 1981, when he opened a private practice to litigate civil and family law. In 1986 he became a judge of the 259th Judicial District Court. From 2003 until six weeks prior to his death, Quay held the position of Senior District Judge, presiding over a wide variety of cases including capital murder and acting as mediator and arbitrator.

Quay was an active member of the Church of Christ, volunteering in community events. He loved baseball, coaching and assisting his grandsons’ teams. He was passionate about country music and playing his collection of guitars. And he loved singing whenever and wherever he had the opportunity.

Quay is survived by his wife, Vicki; his brother, Quanah; his children Paige, Piper and Prairie; his stepchildren Jennifer, Elyse and Kevin; 12 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren.  He touched so many lives with his kindness and warm spirit.  As an esteemed member of the Texas State judiciary, Quay has earned the honor to be interred at the Texas State Cemetery in Austin, and he will be truly missed.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Lymphoma & Leukemia Society (http://donate.lls.org/).

Posted by Lauren Hazard on 5th November 2018
My sincerest sympathy to the family and friends. Losing a loved one can be the hardest thing we can go through. But the Bible can offer us much comfort during these difficult times. Your loved one is always in God's memory. Soon, God promises that death will be no more, and that all our lost loved ones will be resurrected to a wonderful paradise Earth. (Revelation 21:4, John 5:28,29)
Posted by Raymond Wheless on 4th November 2018
It is my privilege today to help honor a man who, in fact, has been held in high honor by many Texans, for many years. From West Texas to the Metroplex, and in places we don’t even know about, people know and respect the Honorable Quay Parker. The Honorable Quay Parker was my friend and colleague. We had many things in common: Quay was from Anson and I am from Abilene. My brother was a police officer in Anson. My sister hired Quanah Parker for her divorce many years ago. We know some of the same West Texas folks: lawyers, judges and guitar pickers. We share a love of Texas history, including a recent discussion of the Battle of Adobe Walls and the exploits of General Ranald McKenzie in the Texas Indian wars. But the thing that we shared most was our public service as judges. After he retired from the bench, Judge Parker became what we call a “Senior Judge.” After he became a Senior Judge and moved to Collin County, I had the chance to observe Judge Parker in action as a judge. I was a newbie when we first met and I looked up to Judge Parker as a mentor and counted on him as a friend. Quay was fair minded, well versed in the law and he treated people with dignity and respect. Judge Parker was the type of judge that all new judges should try to emulate. To the extent that I have any of the characteristics of a good judge, I owe that to Quay Parker. There are many things I will miss about Judge Parker: his laughter, the twinkle in his eye, his accent, his knowledge of the law, and the lunches with the guys. Quay was a guy’s guy. He could talk baseball, history, or the law and everyone loved him. And the women loved him, too. My bailiff and my court reporter, both women, were always greeted by Judge Parker with terms of endearment and hugs and they both loved it. We wear the robes today to honor our friend- a great judge who would tackle any case. And some judges don’t want the tough cases. Judge Parker wanted the toughest cases of all. And because of his skills, he was often assigned to them. Judge Parker was particularly knowledgeable and adept in presiding over capital cases. When Judge Parker fell ill in recent weeks, he called me several times concerned about the capital cases he was assigned to. He wanted to make sure that nothing was missed while he was out sick. I told him not worry, I would assign myself to those cases and watch over them until he could return. I told the lawyers on his cases, I am stepping in for a while, but just until Judge Parker is back on his feet. The day before he left us, I visited with Judge Parker briefly and told him not worry everything was handled but to get back to work as soon as he could and he would be reassigned to his capital cases. I think he was excited and ready for that, but the next morning, the Highest Judge overruled both of us and gave Judge Parker his final assignment. The Honorable Quay Parker has been called home. But where he is, there are no divorces to decide, no punishments to impose and no judgments to render. Judge Parker is there now, talking baseball, Texas history and picking his guitar. On behalf of the judges and staff of the First Administrative Judicial Region of Texas, and the entire State of Texas Judicial Branch, I offer our sincere thanks for Judge Parker’s services to the State of Texas and to his family, we want you to know that the Honorable Judge Quay Parker will long be remembered and loved.
Posted by Jeff Horn on 3rd November 2018
I did not have the good fortune to know Quay for very long. I did have the pleasure of sharing his company, hearing his stories and drawing his portrait. There is something great about a man who can enjoy a good belly-laugh.
Posted by Frank Logan on 2nd November 2018
Quay lived a balance life. A respected man of integrity In his profession, and a warm, vibrant, outgoing, fun filled personality in social life. Quay is already greatly missed.
Posted by Raymond Wheless on 1st November 2018
Quay was a dear friend and a great judge. His smile and laughter were infectious. He and I shared a love of Texas history and I always enjoyed visiting with him about days of the old west. He was one of the most dependable and capable judges I have worked .with. I will miss him
Posted by Darleen White on 31st October 2018
Quay and Vicky are both so special. We west-enders have been so blessed to have them in our lives and are missing Quay dearly. We planned on more trips, dinners, fun, music and pool table time but now I thank God for the times we spent together and hold them close to my heart. Vicky always said "lets make more memories" and she was right cause we have Great memories now. Love from the White house (Art & Darleen)
Posted by Brian Loughmiller on 30th October 2018
Quay was a great judge and mediator and friend. I appreciated his demeanor when dealing with difficult family law issues and valued his advise during mediations. Quay will be truly missed by everyone at our law firm. His battle with cancer reinforces our need to continue to support organizations that seek a cure through research and treatment. Our prayers go out to all of Quay's family.
Posted by Carmen White on 30th October 2018
Judge Parker was a great Judge. He was always respectful to everyone in the courtroom. His laugh was contagious. His rulings were fair. I know he is looking down from Heaven making sure that Justice is done.
Posted by Andrew Ottaway on 29th October 2018
He treated everyone who came before him with respect.
Posted by Vicki Parker on 28th October 2018
If love could have saved you, you would have lived forever.
Posted by Gillian Day on 27th October 2018
We are lucky enough to have some great memories with Quay, and Vicki. Quay had a great sense of humor and made us laugh on many occasions, including when he married us. He was quick whitted and always had a smile that made you feel like he had been your friend for years. Quay will be greatly missed by so many for many different reasons.
Posted by Suzanne Wooten on 27th October 2018
I will truly miss my dear friend. I was honored to marry Quay and Vicki and to be part of their happiness - a beautiful couple. My children thought he was an actual cowboy and often mentioned his singing and guitar playing. His sense of humor made me smile every time we met and I hope I brought him some laughs as well. An excellent jurist, honorable human being, and wonderful friend.

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