M-E-C President passes away
By Canadian Biomass
May 28, 2014, Tulsa, Okla. - David M. Parker, longtime President, CEO and Chairman of the Board of M-E-C Company, passed away April 29 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He was 82.
By Canadian Biomass
May 28, 2014, Tulsa, Okla. – David M. Parker, longtime President, CEO
and Chairman of the Board of M-E-C Company, passed away April 29 in Tulsa,
Oklahoma. He was 82.
Dave Parker was born in Peoria, Illinois,
where he was active in Boy Scouts and attained the status of Eagle Scout. After graduating from Peoria High School, he
served in the U.S. Army for two years receiving an honorable discharge with the
rank of Corporal. Parker earned a
bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Purdue University where he was
a member of the Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity. He was a Certified Professional Engineer.
Mr. Parker began his career with ADM in
Neodesha, Kansas, in 1957. In 1961 he
was instrumental in forming M-E-C Company, where he served as President for 45
years, retiring in 2011. Under his
leadership, M-E-C became a major, worldwide supplier of industrial process
equipment for many different industries. Major emphasis was placed on supplying drying systems to the forest
products industry for preparing wet wood waste for use in the manufacture of
fuel pellets, particleboard, medium density fiberboard and oriented
strandboard. In 2001, M-E-C purchased
assets of Smith Engineering and formed Pro-Environmental, Inc., manufacturer of
environmental abatement equipment. After
his retirement, he served as chairman emeritus until his death.
Dave Parker is survived by Joan, his wife
of 59 years, and three children, Stephen, Pam and Lynn. Also surviving are four grandchildren and two
great-granddaughters. The couple spent
most of their married life in Independence, KS as he managed M-E-C Company’s
operations in nearby Neodesha, KS. In
recent years, the couple had moved to Tulsa, OK, to be near family as their
Funeral services were held May 5, 2014, at
Moore’s Southlawn Chapel, Tulsa, OK