Rosary at 7:00 PM.
John P. “Pete” Parsons, 89, passed away peacefully October 2, 2017. Pete was preceded in death by his parents, Thad Parsons and Jeanne Hacker Parsons; six brothers, Charles, Joseph, Thad, Jerry, George and Mickey; seven sisters, Alzoe, Alice, Adele Holmes, Lucille Rutt, Mary O’Hara, Julia Erwin and Joan Benge; first wife of 44 years Marjorie Dowdy Parsons and daughter Jerilyn Mosso.
He is survived by his wife, Doris Rouse Parsons and daughters, Laura Swofford, Marcia Backes, Monica Parsons, Patti Cloninger and Dani Luna, step-children, Fred Rouse, Ron Rouse, Susan Hall and Sharon Metyko and spouses; twenty-four grandchildren and fourteen great-grandchildren so far and many beloved nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews and great-great nieces and nephews.
Born January 20, 1928 in Galveston, Texas, Pete attended Sacred Heart Parochial School and Kirwin High School. He served in the U.S. Army in the occupation of Japan 1946 – 1947 and received a Bachelor of Science – Business Administration degree from St. Edward’s University in Austin in 1951.
Pete spent 45 years in the financial institution business, first as manager of the UTMB Credit Union, then as Director of Public Relations and Government Relations for the Texas Credit Union League. In 1974, he was appointed Credit Union Commissioner for the State of Texas. From 1986 through 2001, he was a consultant to the credit union and savings & loan industries, travelling to Jamaica, Kyrgyzstan, Australia, Canada and Mexico, as well as 44 United States.
In Galveston, Pete held many leadership positions in Rotary International, Knights of Columbus, Serra Club and Kirwin High School Board; he was the Treasure Ball announcer for 12 years.
Pallbearers are: Grandsons John Swofford, Marine SSgt Jared Swofford, William Cloninger, Michael Ferriera, Joseph Backes, Wesley Cloninger, Christopher Backes, Aaron Metyko and Great Grandson Andrew Swofford. Honorary Pallbearers: all nieces and nephews representing the Parsons Family. Special Friends: Steve Canty, Pete Urbani, John Kusnerik, and Frank Donohoe.
The family will receive visitors on Friday, October 6, from 5 – 7 pm with a Rosary at 7 pm at Malloy & Son Funeral Home, 3028 Broadway, Galveston. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, October 7 at 11 am at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 1302 Broadway, Galveston, with burial following at Calvary Cemetery in Galveston.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Christian Brothers, Dominican Sisters, Ursuline Sisters or the charity of your choice.