Louis Chad Parsons, beloved son of the late Louis Parsons Jr. and Carol Parsons (currently residing in Alexandria, Va.) died suddenly on Tuesday, May 12, 2009, in Chicago of an asthma-related illness. Other surviving immediate family members include loving brother, Nathan Parsons of Cedar Rapids; and sister, Mia Parsons, husband, Jose Rojas Ramirez, and their daughter, Kalila, of El Cerrito, Calif.; as well as grandmother, Dorothy Carman. Chad and Whitney Tripp, of North Liberty, were planning to marry and start a family.
Chad was born March 31, 1975, in Detroit, Mich. He was raised in Cedar Rapids, attending Cedar Rapids Parents Preschool, Grant Wood Elementary, McKinley Middle School and Washington High School, graduating in 1993, going on to attend the University of Iowa. During these years he formed extremely strong bonds with a group of friends who remained close and supportive throughout his life.
Chad had lived in Chicago for the past six years, and before that resided for two years in the San Francisco Bay area and several years in Iowa City, where he played lead guitar in a well-known band. Chad most recently worked in the field of information technology as a systems architect and integrator for Infra IT in downtown Chicago.
Chad was preceded in death by his father, Louis Parsons Jr., in 1999.
Survivors in his extended family include aunts, uncles and cousins in Iowa, California, Wisconsin, Tennessee and Michigan.
He followed in the footsteps of his father, Lou, and grandfather, George Carman, with an immense passion for music as well as technology, always searching for a way to blend the art and science of these two fields. Chad will be remembered by all who knew and loved him as an artist, musician and intellectual philosopher. He was someone of enormous heart and compassion who always sought the good in others and all situations. Chad accepted and encouraged his friends and others to realize their own unique gifts and potentials and pursue their dreams.
“In Memory of Louis Chad Parsons III” has been established on Facebook by Nathan.
A memorial service was held Saturday, May 16, at Echo Hill Presbyterian Church.
Memorial contributions may be sent to Carol Parsons, 3110 Furman Lane, Apt. 203, Alexandria, VA 22302.