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Richard "Steve" Parsons

September 12, 1952 ~ March 23, 2020 (age 67)


Richard Steven Parsons (“Steve”) of Bethesda, Maryland passed away on March 23, 2020 at the age of 67 years old at Montgomery General Hospital. 

Steve Parsons was born on September 12, 1952 to Richard Colfax Parsons (“Dick”) and Laura Jane Symms (“Jane”).  

Steve graduated from Walt Whitman High School and immediately joined the workforce.  Steve loved the fulfillment from working and “earning his drink at the end of the day”. Steve found his niche working with computers while employed at District Wholesale Drug in Laurel, Maryland. This sparked his career in help desk management for various corporations to include Hechinger’s Co., Booze-Allen-Hamilton; Principal Health Care; SAIC; Walter Reed National Military Medical Center; and the Harris Corporation.   

Numerous employers constantly sought Steve for directing help desk operations due to his reputation, strong work ethic, leadership, and of course, his charismatic character.  After a fulfilling forty year career in help desk operations, Steve retired from Harris as a Program Manager.

Notwithstanding his love and devotion to his family, Steve loved to tinker with electronics and cars, volunteering at Bethesda Chevy Chase Rescue Squad, and home improvement projects.  Most notably, Steve’s family, friends, and colleagues would agree that he was most known for his endless supply of the worst DAD JOKES….my lord!  Rest assured, with every DAD Joke told by Steve was met with eyes rolling deep into the back of one’s skull.   

Steve enjoyed reading, and exploring, history.  He would often take family and friends on his infamous “D.C. Death March”. This included a grueling hike through various parts of D.C. to visit the Natural Museum of National History, The Air and Space Museum, the National Museum of American History, and many memorials and national sites (i.e. Jefferson, and Lincoln memorials, the Washington Monument, and the White House).  Naturally, the death march would usually conclude with a drink at Old Ebbitt Grill on 15th Street.   

Steve is survived by his loving wife, Carol, son Sam and his wife Allison, daughter Katie (Melinda) and her husband Bady, sisters Casey and Andy, as well as three grandchildren Cole, Grant, and Liam.  He is also survived by a host of family and friends.

A Memorial Gathering will be held at Donaldson Funeral Home of Clarksville, P.A, 12540 Clarksville Pike, Clarksville, MD 21029 on October 17, 2020 from 12:00 to 1:00 PM where a Memorial Service will be held at 1:00 PM. Due to Covid-19 social distancing and face masks must be worn. Please make your heart felt condolences known by posting them on his Tribute Wall at the top of this page.In lieu of flowers, those desiring may make memorial contributions in Steve's name to the American Cancer Society. 


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Memorial Gathering
October 17, 2020

12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Donaldson Funeral Home of Clarksville, P. A.
12540 Clarksville Pike, Rt 108
Clarksville, Maryland 21029

Memorial Service
October 17, 2020

1:00 PM
Donaldson Funeral Home of Clarksville, P. A.
12540 Clarksville Pike, Rt 108
Clarksville, Maryland 21029


American Cancer Society
P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City OK 73123
Tel: 1-800-227-2345

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