Vail Daily obituary: Alexander Dean Parsons, 1968-2016
After experiencing a tragic fall, Alexander Dean Parsons, 47, passed away peacefully on Jan. 24. He was surrounded by family and friends.
Born to proud parents Edwin and Elisabeth, Alex began life with his three older siblings in rural Minnesota. When he was around age 5, the Parsons family relocated to Glenwood Springs. Alex graduated from Glenwood Springs High School with the Class of ’87, distinguishing himself as a scratch golfer and formidable wrestler.
Following high school, Alex earned his bachelor’s degree from Western State College. During that time, he married his high school sweetheart, then Jody Dowdy, and the couple had two boys — Zachary and Taylor Parsons — who both currently reside in the Roaring Fork Valley. After college, Alex returned to Glenwood Springs to work at Sunlight Sports, the longtime family business.
Later, Alex relocated to the Vail Valley, working in the ski and fly-fishing industries. Renowned for his use of dry flies, he was a fly-fishing guide instructor for many years — passing on his knowledge and passion to many. Together with his loving companion, Lisa, Alex created Halfpint Naturals in 2013 as a way to realize his dreams of owning a farm, distilling essential oils and having extra time for fishing.
He is survived by his sons, Zachary and Taylor; partner, Lisa Kraft; mother, Elisabeth Parsons-Vath; sister, Mary Lou Palmer; brothers, Chris and Paul Parsons; step-father, Ray Vath; step-sister, Kristen Johnson; and step-brothers, Brandon and Ryan Vath. Those lucky enough to know him will long remember Alex for his enthusiastic personality, his infectious smile and his unwavering determination.
Family and friends will gather at the Eagle-Vail Pavilion to celebrate and remember Alex’s life Friday at 4 p.m. A memorial float down the Eagle River will follow in the summer.