James Parker Obituary, Death – James Daniel Parker, a devoted family man, died suddenly of a heart attack in the mountains near Huntsville, Utah, on August 19, 2023. He was 47 years old. James was born to James Parker and Rose Campbell on December 3, 1975, in Biloxi, Mississippi. He loved the great outdoors and took his children fishing, hiking, camping, and hunting at every opportunity.
While attending Utah State University, James met the love of his life, Kami. In addition to being inducted into the Utah State Athletics Hall of Fame in 2012, he is a nine-time All-American and a seven-time Big West Conference champion for his outstanding track and field career. To serve a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, he dropped out of school for two years. James joined the United States Air Force after receiving his diploma in 2001. During his time in the service, he was able to follow his passion for the hammer throw and eventually earn a berth on the U.S. Olympic team that competed in 2004 in Athens.
After serving his country, he attended and eventually graduated from Western States University in Portland, Oregon, with a Doctor of Chiropractic degree. James opened the Parker Muscle & Sports Clinic in Kaysville, Utah, to serve the sports and local communities there. His wife, six children (James, Jace, Jarom, Johnathan, Jessa, and Julia), parents (James Parker and Rose Campbell), and three siblings (Marie Hurst, Michele Morrill, and David Parker) survive him.