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Loran F. Parker

Posted November 11, 2013 in Des Moines West, Obituaries, Perry

November 12, 1920 – November 7, 2013

Loran Parker

Loran Parker

Dr. Loran F. Parker died Thursday, November 7, 2013 at Kavanagh House in Des Moines from complications due to cancer.

Born in humble surroundings near Yale, Iowa on November 12, 1920, Loran proceeded through 92 years of honorable living as Valedictorian, Army Captain, Family Physician, family pillar, teacher, philanthropist, Democrat, Master Gardener and the shining light of many parties and gatherings.

Loran attended the University of Iowa after graduating Valedictorian of his Perry, Iowa High School class. He married Janet Blake in 1943. They were married for 67 years and had four children.

Loran graduated from University of Iowa Medical School in 1945 and proceeded to an internship at Broadlawns Hospital in Des Moines, Iowa. Post internship, Loran served two years in the Army in Germany.

Loran joined Drs. Bill and Bob Johnson after military service and practiced family medicine in Iowa Falls, Iowa until 1971. He then moved to Des Moines to create the University of Iowa Family Medicine Residency Program at Broadlawns Hospital. During his 16 years as Associate Professor and Director he trained many Iowa family doctors. After retiring from Broadlawns in 1987, he continued to practice medicine for another 23 years working part-time at MEPS (Military Entrance Processing Station). Loran retired from medical practice at age 90.

Loran enjoyed a variety of activities through the years including travel, golf, tennis, gardening and time at the family cabin north of Boone, Iowa. In his later years he applied his Master Gardener skills as a volunteer at the Botanical Center, the Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge and the Des Moines City Greenhouse propagating flowers for Des Moines Parks.

Loran was pre-deceased by his wife Janet, parents Bill and Elsie and sister RoseAnn. He is survived by his sister Marilyn, children Lorann, (Seattle, WA.), Theresa and her companion Byron, (Coquille, OR.), Blake and his wife Terri, (Clinton, IA.), and Byron, (Mystic, IA.), five grandchildren; Mark, Sarah, Abigail, Judd, Brennan and four great-grandchildren.

Loran has donated his body to The University of Iowa Medical School. No services will be planned. Loran requests that any donations be made in his name to The Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden, The Des Moines Park and Recreation Foundation, Inc., Friends of Des Moines Parks (c/o City Greenhouse) and the Friends of Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge. Online condolences will be welcomed at


Information provided by:
Iles Funeral Homes
Dunn’s Chapel
2121 Grand Ave
Des Moines, IA 50312

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