Dallas Warren Parkins Jr, 63, a professional photographer and chemical engineer died peacefully at home in Denver, on April 15, 2022. Dallas (“Dee”) was born in Billings, MT, Dec 19, 1958 to Dallas Sr. and Marlene Parkins. He graduated from West High in 1977 and married Karen Sauter later that year. They had four sons. Dallas loved nature, adventure, art, science, music, his family, friends and he lived with integrity and always gave his best effort.
In Montana, surrounded by craftspeople, fixers, musicians, and a handful of artists, Dallas was an astute observer and was committed to finding the most efficient and long-term solution to every challenge. Dallas worked with his father, Dallas Sr. at Farm Aid Equipment Co. He became an exceptional mechanic and a lifetime BMC member. He was known by those who worked beside him as a jack of all trades and a master of them as well. Mastering and completing complex projects gave his life meaning. He was a snowmobile/motorcycle enthusiast, cyclist, and played bass guitar, on occasion with his father in various polka bands. Dallas worked for 12 years to complete his education; a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry while, employed at Hi-Tech Motorsports and a Master’s in Chemical Engineering, and a Minor in Mathematics. He worked with Air Liquide in Texas and ultimately resided in Colorado, working as a consultant.
In 2012, he married and devoted his energies to his love, creative partner and wife, Sharon J Feder. Sharon has three grown sons and as they wove together their partnership, their large family of 7 sons was lovingly known as the “Parkins Federation.”
Dallas spent most of his life supporting the great works of everyone he cared for, until he quite rapidly came into his own, as a gallery-represented visual artist (Michael Warren Contemporary, Denver) in 2014. Wherever exhibited, his photographs drew attention from artists, critics and curators.
He is survived by his wife, Sharon; his parents; siblings, Tamera (Scott) Stuart, Janet (Allan) Knutson, Kelly (Roscoe) Haggerty and Gary Parkins; Harlan Feder and Janet Feder; sons, Dallas III (Karrie), Justin, Eric, Daniel (Kaitlyn), Shon (Frieda), Harry, and Jet (Brigid). He had nine grandchildren and one great grandchild.
Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. on April 29, in Forsyth at Stevenson & Sons.