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David M. Parry of MC dies at 76

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David M. Parry, 76, of Michigan City, died on Monday, May 16, 2011, at Franciscan St. Anthony Health.

He was born on April 14, 1935, in Lowell, Ind., the son of David and Setta (Miller) Parry, who preceded him in death.

On Oct. 2, 1955, in Chesterton, he married Patricia A. Munn, who survives in Michigan City.

He is also survived by three daughters, Ann (Stephen Patz) Snyder of Michigan City, Barbara (Fred) Riccio of Lithia, Fla., and Linda (Philip) Mulvey of Cedar Falls, Iowa; two sons, David (Dan Gonzalez) Perry of Indianapolis and John (Mari-Lyn Rainey) Parry of Tallmadge, Ohio; two sisters, Jeanine Harris of Porter and Kathleen (Roger) Morris of Chesterton; seven grandchildren, Brooke Whitman, Dean Snyder, John (Jelena) Mulvey, Maggie (Francisco) Cuevas, Gregory Riccio, Madalyn Parry, and Reece Parry; four great-grandchildren, Kate Whitmas, Nicholas Mulvey, Daniel Mulvey, and Evelyn Cuevas; and many nieces and nephews.

David was a 1957 honors graduate of Wabash College, where he was a member of the school’s Athletic Hall of Fame. For 32 years he was a teacher, coach, and athletics director for the Michigan City Area Schools and a member of their Hall of Fame.

Dave was also a NCAA Big Ten and Mid American Conference basketball official for 20 years; an NFL official (1975-90), whose special assignments included 14 play-off games, four AFC/NFC championships, and Super Bowl XVII; Supervisor of Football Officials for the Big Ten Conference (1990-2009); and National Coordinator for the NCAA Football Officiating (1996-2011).

Dave received the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame Outstanding Football Official Award for contributions to the sport of college football, and he initiated the NCA football replay system in 2003. He coordinated the NCAA football supervisors to produce officiating manuals and techniques, which promoted national uniformity and standardization of football officiating.

Private family services will be conducted. No visitation is scheduled.

Ott/Haverstock Funeral Chapel, Michigan City, made arrangements.

Memorials may be made to the David M. Parry Foundation, c/o the Unity Foundation of LaPorte County, P.O. Box 527, Michigan City, IN 46360.



Posted 5/20/2011