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Marine veteran, retired fire captain to lead Farmersville parade

Marine veteran, retired fire captain to lead Farmersville parade

Longtime resident, veteran, and retired fireman Ron Parish will serve as Farmersville’s Memorial Day Grand Marshal

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FARMERSVILLE – One of Farmersville’s native sons, Ron Parish, has been named Grand Marshal of Farmersville’s Annual Memorial Day Parade.

Parish attended Farmersville schools and Exeter High School before enlisting in the U.S. Marine Corps at the height of the Vietnam War. He served in the Reserves for six years and was able to stay stateside during his service.

“I was lucky, he said, but, I lost a lot of friends.”

Following his service, Parish attended Moler Barber College in Fresno, followed by Visalia Beauty College. But, he also chose to serve with the Farmersville Volunteer Fire Department, which he became involved in at the age of 16. He engaged the public while learning about firefighting and worked public assists for medical aids, vehicle accidents, and many other needs.

“The members of the volunteers were well known to the community who called upon them often,” he said.

In 2007, Parish was employed full-time by Tulare County Fire, but he has since retired. He continues with his involvement with the Farmersville Volunteer Fire Department. He has been involved in fire service in one capacity or another for 58 years. He has a heart and special empathy for the handicapped, elderly, and children; and his involvement with the Fire Department has given him many opportunities to be of service to those in need.

In his careers as hair stylist and firefighter, Parish has been known to many people in Farmersville, Visalia, and throughout Tulare County. He feels blessed to have lived in the area and enjoyed the fellowship, friendship, leadership, and support of those he’s known.

Parish has been married to his wife, Joyce (Ayers) Parish, for 51 years. Together they have two sons, and a multitude of grandchildren. He loves his sons, he said, and thoroughly enjoys his role of “Papa!”

“What I think about on Memorial Day is the sacrifice our veterans have made for our great country,” he said. “They gave their time, some gave their lives, and they deserved to be honored. I also think of the families who lost someone, that’s really why we celebrate Memorial Day.”

The Farmersville Memorial Day Parade will be held at 10 a.m. on Monday, May 27. The parade begins at the intersection of Visalia Road and Farmersville Boulevard and heads north toward Front Street.

And, while Parish is retired from his position with Tulare County, you may still be able to get in for a haircut with him.

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