Mike  Parrish
Mike Parrish

June 13, 1958 - February 13, 2018
Born in Pontiac, IL
Resided in Highlands Ranch, CO
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John Michael 'Mike' Parrish passed away of natural causes in his sleep on February 13, 2018 in Highlands Ranch, Colorado.

Mike was born on June 13, 1958 in Pontiac, Illinois, the son of Mary Ellen (Smith) Parrish and John Brett Parrish. He lived in Highlands Ranch, Colorado for the last ten years, and had lived in Camillus, New York prior to that.

Mike gave 38 years of service to Lockheed Martin and led the F&BO team for Commercial Civil Space since 2012. Prior to his time at Space, he spent 19 years in the Electronic Systems business at Rotary and Mission Systems, leading F&BO teams on several large contracts and program portfolios including Combat Systems for Surface Ships and Submarines, Minehunting and Towed Array Development & Production. He also had extensive experience in commercial and government, restructuring projects, and international and acquisition projects. He spent his early career in Corporate Finance, Auditing and Manufacturing Finance.

Mike was a member of Board of Directors at Seeds of Hope, dedicated to making a transformative Catholic education financially accessible for families in the Archdiocese of Denver and Northern Colorado. Mike also was a proud alumni of the University of Notre Dame, class of 1980. Mike was also an Eagle Scout.

Mike is survived by his father, John Brett Parrish, of Edmonds, Washington; brother Doug Parrish, of Bainbridge Island, Washington; sister Lynn Connelly, of Stamford Connecticut and brother-in-law, Hugh Connelly of Stamford, Connecticut; his nephew, Hugh Joseph Connelly of Stamford, Connecticut; his nephew Sean Michal Connelly of Stamford, Connecticut; his recently married nephew Jason Parrish, of Vancouver, Washington; his niece, Beth Parrish of Pullman, Washington; and many cousins and friends who loved him dearly.

Mike was preceded in death by his mother, Mary Ellen Parrish, and his brother, Scott David Parrish.

A memorial service will be held at 1:00 PM MST on Saturday, February 24 at St. Thomas More Catholic Church, 8035 S Quebec St., Englewood, CO 80112. Refreshments will be served directly after mass.

Funeral and burial services will also be held at 11:00 AM CST on Saturday, March 3, 2018 at St. Mary's Catholic Church, 119 E. Howard Street, Pontiac, IL 61764. Relatives and friends are welcome at 10:00 a.m. CST for visitation. Refreshments will be served directly after the burial.

Memorial contributions may be made in honor of Mike Parrish to Seeds of Hope of Northern Colorado, Inc., 1300 Steele Street, Denver, CO 80201. www.seedsofhopedenver.org.

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Memorial Service
St. Thomas More Catholic Church
8035 South Quebec Street
Centenial, CO USA 80112
Saturday, February 24, 2018
1:00 PM
Pontiac Funeral Home
Funeral and Burial Service
St. Mary's Catholic Church - Pontiac, IL
119 E Howard St.
Pontiac, Illinois USA 61764
Saturday, March 3, 2018
11:00 AM


Seeds of Hope of Northern Colorado, Inc.
1300 S. Steele St.
Denver, CO USA 80210
The mission of Seeds of Hope is to make the tremendous benefit of Catholic education available to economically disadvantaged students in the Archdiocese of Denver. Since 1996, Seeds of Hope has provided 17,000 students with more than $30 million in tuition assistance. To donate online, please visit: http://seedsofhopedenver.org/donate/ If you would like to send a check, please make payable to "Seeds of Hope" and send to: Seeds of Hope 3801 E. Florida Ave., Suite 909 Denver, CO 80210.