Gary "Richard" Parisien

May 23, 1949 ~ January 10, 2024 (age 74) 74 Years Old

Gary "Richard" Parisien Obituary

Gary 'Richard' 'Blueduck' Parisien joined his ancestors on January 10, 2024 following a short illness at St Anthony's. Gary was born to Martin Parisien and Marie LaFountaine Parisien on May 23, 1949 in Walla Walla, Wa. He spent his early years in Belcourt North Dakota on the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa reservation of which he was a member. Gary was educated at several gov't residential schools in the Dakotas and Montana, and later joined the Marines, serving in Vietnam. He proudly wore his Vietnam Marine Veteran cap throughout his life. As an industrial painter Gary painted bridges and oil tanks around the Northwest and Alaska. He met his wife of 39 yrs Carrie on a bridge over the Columbia River in Wa, and they later married in Mexico in 1985. Daughter Rebecca Diane was born in Pendleton in 1993. Over the years they lived in Northport Wa, Cucamonga Ca, Monmouth Or, and Morro Bay CA before settling in Pendleton in 1997 and starting Chippewa Painting. There are many homes in the area showing the mark of excellence and Gary's expertise. In Morro Bay Gary used his lifelong love of fishing to become a commercial fisherman running his own Oregon Dorey off of Arroyo de la Cruz. Later, known as Blueduck in the Eagle cap wilderness Gary worked as a packer guide, leading many a hunter to the game, and entertaining them with stories and jokes. Gary was preceded in death by his parents, infant brother Marlon, and sister Sandra Morton. He is survived by wife Joan Carrie Parisien, Pendleton, daughter Becca Lenhart, son in law Dave Lenhart, and granddaughter Octavia Dianna, Helix, siblings, Gwen Johnson Eugene, Fred Parisien Richland Wa, Robert Parisien Blue Ridge, Pennsylvania, Marlys Morsette Eugene, Harvey Parisien, Lynette Jeanotte, and Loren Engel, all of Pendleton and many nieces and nephews. Gary was larger than life, and never met a stranger...He is already missed.


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