Dana Justin Parker

October 17, 1972 ‒ March 01, 2018

Centerburg, Ohio
Dana Justin Parker, 45, of Centerburg, our “Melanoma Warrior” passed away peacefully at home March 1, 2018.
He was born October 17, 1972 in Mount Vernon, Ohio the son of the late Greg and Betty (Jackson) Parker.
Dana is a lifelong resident of Mt. Liberty and was a 1991 graduate of Centerburg High School.  Anyone who knew Dana, knew his love for his wife, his kids, his trucks and guns. He worked for Mid-Ohio Paving since he was fourteen, owned Parker Brother’s trucking, and more recently worked for the Knox County Highway Department.  He loved trucks and his passion ran deep for Kenworths and Fords.
On August 28, 2010 he married Amber Denney in a friends back yard. Dana was a wonderful husband, provider, and a proud father. Before kids came along, Dana built derby cars and mud trucks.
His kids, were the light of his life but Dana loved ALL kids. In his eyes, they could do no wrong, especially Hunter and Kaylee.  The kids were all important to Dana but especially “The Boys” and his nieces and nephews.
He loved watching Hunter play baseball and football. They loved spending time together hunting and talking about guns. They were together when Hunter shot his first buck. They had a special bond. Dana wanted Hunter to be humble and know it’s not your size, but the size of your heart that matters.
When Kaylee was younger Dana enjoyed watching her twirl baton, playing games at home and prided himself on learning to braid her hair.
Dana attended Centerburg Christian Church and was a member of the Mount Liberty Deer Hunter’s Association.
He will be missed by his wife, Amber; his son, Hunter and his daughter, Kaylee Renee and her fiancé Andrew of Centerburg; a brother; mother-in-law Susan Rose of Centerburg; sisters and brothers-in-law Kate (Bill) Browning of Centerburg, Eric (Emily) Denney of Johnstown, and Brittany (fiancé, Craig Matthews) Johnson of Mount Gilead; special nieces and nephews Courtney (Alan) Railing, and Braxton (Hali) Baldridge; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts, uncles, and special friends.
In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his sister Darcy Baldridge and uncles Terry and Sonny Parker.
Dana will always be remembered as a man of few words who was always there to help. If you were a friend of Dana’s, you were considered family. As Dana always said, “Slow and steady”.
Dana and his family would like to thank Capital City Hospice especially his nurse, Sharon and Dr. Kari Kendra and her special group of nurses who Dana considered “his nurses”.
Thank you to all of the family, friends, and the entire Centerburg community for all the love and support over the years.
Friends may call on the family on Tuesday, March 6, 2018 from 5-8 PM at the DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home, 637 North State Route 61, Sunbury, Ohio 43074.  Funeral services will be held there on Wednesday at 1 PM.  Burial to follow at Mount Liberty Cemetery.
Memorial Contributions can be made to Capital City Hospice, 2800 Corporate Exchange Drive, Suite 170, Columbus, Ohio 43231.
The DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home of Sunbury is honored to serve Dana’s family.  Special memories and condolences can be expressed to them at www.snyderfuneralhomes.com
  • Amber and Hunter, I am so sorry for your loss. I loved Dana, he was such a sweet man and he will be missed.

  • He was a great man, and Hunter is a perfect reflection of the love you three shared while he was with us. He will be missed but never forgotten.

  • We are so sorry for your loss Amber and Hunter. Prayers if comfort and peace. Dana was a wonderful person.

  • So sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.
    JIm and Connie Bryant

  • Fond memories of Dana…he was indeed a great friend. Prayers up to family and friends…

  • Even though your road was rough there was always smiles. That sweet little boy always made me smile you are very special and our prayers are with you.

  • Prayers to the family. May God comfort you in your time of sorrow. Dana is flying with the Angels now after his long long battle. No more pain for him. RIP Dana

  • So very sorry for your loss of your Husband and Father. May GOD BLESS YOU AND YOUR FAMILY DURING THIS TIME OF NEED !!

    Tracy Mock and Stephanie Powell

  • So sorry for the lost of a great young man he will be missed daily prayers to family and friends God bless

  • RIP Dana 💙
    To Amber & Hunter
    Drew and families
    I’m so sorry that Dana’s long journey has come to an end, Not for him but for you. I’m glad for Dana that all his pain & suffering is gone and that he’s now in a peaceful & wonderful place.
    I’m praying for all of you to find strength to carry on.
    Dana was a kind, soft spoken & good Man! I thought highly of Dana & cared for him very much. 💔 with love, Betsy

  • So very sorry to hear about the passing of Dana. Thoughts and prayers to you all.

  • Amber, You and Hunter are in my thoughts and prayers. I am so sorry for your lose.

  • I am so sorry for your’s and your family’s loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
    Sending hugs and well wishes to you, Lori.

  • I of course knew Dana well when we were kids growing up in Mt Liberty, and I dated his older sister Darcy. Thoughts and prayers to all of the family. So sorry for your loss.


  • Sorry for your loss amber and Hunter. Dana was an amazing person and he will be missed by everyone. Will miss seeing him at the football games. RIP DANA.

  • RIP Dana. You are no longer in pain. Amber and Hunter you are strong and you will get through this. Much love. Fly high Dana.

  • Amber and Hunter I am so sorry for your loss. Dana fought hard. His smile lit up a room. May you feel God’s arms around you both and help you find peace. Love you all ❤💔❤

  • Amber, Hunter, and family,
    I prayed this day would never come. I cannot imagine what you are going through. My heart breaks for you, Hunter, and everyone else. Hang in there, hold each other tight, and know he is still with you both. ❤️

  • Dana is pain free in Heaven with Jesus! I so enjoyed watching tv with him – never knew what channel would be on but that didn’t matter. His Yucca concoction was the best. Just keep company with my Sadie angel until we meet again! I love you all❤️

  • Dana was a great man with a contagious smile. We are sending our condolences to Amber and Hunter during this difficult time. He may be gone but he will never be forgotten.

  • I am so sorry to hear about Dana. Prayers to you Amber and Hunter. RIP my friend!!

  • You will always be remembered as one of the Mt Liberty boys, will never forget the fun times we had. RIP brother.

  • My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Dana was one of a kind. He will be terribly missed by everyone who knew him. Love you Amber, Hunter, Susie, Brittney, Kate, Eric and all the kids. May God help you have peace to find comfort in the amazing memories you all will carry with you.

  • A man of few words but a contagious smile and a big heart. Amber and Hunter you’re I our prayers. We love you!

  • A man of few words but a contagious smile and a big heart. Amber and Hunter you’re in our prayers. We love you!

  • Amber there are no words, just know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. My heart breaks for you and Hunter. I am sure Dana’s presence will be terribly missed by so many. May you find some comfort in your memories. Praying for you all.

  • So sorry for the loss of Dana. He was a good kid. He was funny. I loved spending time with the whole Parker family in Mt Liberty. Dana, Drew, Darcy, Betty, and Greg were the best neighbors. Prayers for the family.

  • Prayers to your family..so sorry for your loss.

  • So sorry for you and hunters lost. Even if I didn’t know him well he was a wonderful father and husband just by watching him he was a man with little words you and your family our in my and Brads prayers

  • So sorry for you and hunters lost. Even if I didn’t know him well he was a wonderful father and husband just by watching him he was a man with little words. You and hunter are in our prayers

  • So sorry for the loss of Dana. I grew up in mount Liberty and knew the Parker family well. We all played together and I have very fond memories of Dana and his siblings. He will be greatly missed. He was a great man. Healing prayers to his family as the next few days will be very difficult. God will help you get through the roughest days and Dana will spread his beautiful wings over you all.

  • Our condolences to you and your family on the passing of Dana. We know that it is hard to bear right now, but remember that death is only the end of the physical life and the beginning of an eternal life. May our prayers ease you through this difficult time.
    Hold onto happy memories.
    Through our hearts and in our minds, Dana will continue to live on, through us.

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Rest in Peace Dana.

    John and Shelley Tennyson

  • Dear Amber & family…

    Our hearts and prayers reach out to all of you in your time of grief. Dana was such a wonderful person, and we all feel so very blessed to have assisted in his care at Martha Morehouse in the Lab. We knew Dana through his long journey with Dr. Kendra, and feel honored to have had the opportunity to know him for such a long time. Dana became part of our Morehouse “family”. Please know that he touched our lives, and we will remember him with much love in our hearts.

    Marla, Debbie, Patty, Lyndi, Sarah & Sherelle
    Martha Morehouse Tower
    First Floor Lab Staff

  • Dana I remember growing up with you in mount liberty. We had so much fun. I’m sorry for the loss for your family. Rest easy my friend. You will be missed by all that knew and loved you!

  • Sorry for your loss. May all your great memories comfort you in this difficult time. He will be missed by all who knew him. RIP Dana

  • Amber & Family,
    So sorry for your loss. I remember Dana from our Mt.Liberty days. I pray for your hurting hearts. He was a kind and generous person. Not many words will help, but know you all are in our thoughts and prayers.

  • Dear Amber,

    I just heard about Dana…. I have no words other than when we were kids and we used to always wonder how life was going to be like when we got older? All we ever wanted was a shot at happiness and all of the what if’s in the World. I feel that we got them Amber. I knew a little of Dana and could tell he was a great man, plus Father. What more in life could a woman ever ask for? Thinking of you and your family. Blessings to you always.