Jordan “Moose” Parks, 42, of Arlington, Texas, former Tecumseh resident, passed from this life Saturday, March 17, 2018, in Midwest City.

Jordan “Moose” Parks, 42, of Arlington, Texas, left this life unexpectedly Saturday, March 17, 2018, in Midwest City.

He was born Dec. 29, 1975, to James Carl and Jannie Lee (Crow) Parks in Abilene, Texas. They were a military family and spent time in Germany and Oklahoma City before settling in Tecumseh, where Moose spent the remainder of his childhood. He was a natural athlete who lettered in several sports, was the president of his class, and was actively involved in many other school activities. He graduated from Tecumseh High School in 1994 and soon moved to Norman, where in 1998 he graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a BA in education.

Moose met Jennifer (Jen) Lynn Meledeo in 2004 and they began their married life together Oct. 13, 2007, in Edmond. They moved to Tulsa to start their family and had their sons, Joshua and Joel. Moose worked in restaurant management and began his career with the Dave & Buster’s family in 2011 as an assistant general manager but quickly ascended to general manager. He had a passion for his job and loved everyone he worked with. In 2016 Moose accepted a position as a Sr. Financial Analyst for Dave and Buster’s and that brought his family to Arlington, Texas, where Moose, Jen, and the boys spent the next 15 months building a perfect life.

A devoted husband and father, Moose could often be found working on a home project with Jen, and weekends were for attending a soccer or basketball game for one of the boys, or enjoying a family game night. He lived and loved a simple life. Always part of a small, close family growing up, Jen, Joshua, and Joel were his world.

He was always smiling, laughed often, and he never met a stranger who didn’t become a friend. He loved working in the yard, drinking a good beer, Mexican food, and Cardinals baseball. He played a mean hand of poker and was a Boggle master — he couldn’t be beaten. Moose was a lover of obscure trivia, an oracle of useless knowledge, and could often be heard saying, “Son, here’s a fun fact…”

Moose was preceded in death by his parents, James and Jannie Parks.

He is survived in life by his loving wife, Jennifer Parks of the home; two sons Joshua Parks and Joel Parks of the home; brother, John and Jennifer (Peet) Parks; two nieces, Jasmine Parks and Jamisen Parks; aunt, Beverly Seaton; and many loving friends and extended family.

Private family service will be held under the direction of Cooper Funeral Home of Tecumseh.

A celebration of life service will be held at noon, Thursday, March 22, at Dave & Buster’s, 5501 N. May Ave., Oklahoma City, OK 73112.

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