Scott Parks Obituary, Death – It is with profound sadness and heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Chief International Representative Scott Parks, who departed this world on September 6, 2023, surrounded by his loving family. The SMART community mourns the loss of a remarkable leader and extends our deepest condolences to Scott’s family during this incredibly challenging time.
Scott Parks was a native of Indianapolis, a city where he would embark on a journey of dedication and service to SMART Local 20. His association with the union began in 1990 when he joined SMART Local 20. He diligently worked his way up, completing his apprenticeship and achieving journeyman status in August 1996. Scott’s commitment to his local union was evident from the start.
He actively participated in various steering committees for the local’s 1996 and 1999 contracts and contributed to the Local 20 Youth-to-Youth Program. In 2001, Scott was elected as a business representative, and in July 2010, he assumed the role of the local’s business manager and financial secretary-treasurer.
Covering a vast jurisdiction spanning Indiana and parts of Kentucky, Illinois, and Michigan, he oversaw the work of 13 business agents and one organizer. His leadership extended beyond Local 20, as he became a general vice president on the SMART General Executive Council in 2019. Additionally, he served as an AFL-CIO delegate, presided over the Indiana State Building Trades, and held the position of secretary-treasurer at the Great Lakes State Council.
Scott was not just a leader; he was a dedicated advocate for the membership, both within Local 20 and across North America. His tireless commitment to our union and his unwavering friendship will forever be etched in our hearts. SMART General President Michael Coleman aptly noted, “Our union has lost a true leader in the sheet metal industry.”
In memory of Scott Parks, let us continue to uphold his legacy of dedication, service, and solidarity within the SMART community. His contributions to the sheet metal industry and our union will be remembered and cherished always.