Governor Rick Perry paid tribute to John Parker as a passionate advocate for Texas wildlife, woods, and waters.Î¾ More than anything else, Perry said Parker will be remembered for his work in getting more funding for state parks two years ago.
Parker was a retired homebuilder and a past director of the National Association of Homebuilders.Î¾ Outside the office he was a conservationist and active in several wildlife habitat conservation groups.
Parker pushed efforts to expand hunting opportunities for young people, and he was instrumental in getting a new freshwater fish hatchery in East Texas.
John Parker, dead at 73.Î¾
Jim Bell, KUHF Houston Public Radio News.