David M. Parry, 76, of Michigan City, died on Monday, May 16, 2011, at
Franciscan St. Anthony Health.
He was born on April 14, 1935, in Lowell, Ind., the son of David and Setta
(Miller) Parry, who preceded him in death.
On Oct. 2, 1955, in Chesterton, he married Patricia A. Munn, who survives in
He is also survived by three daughters, Ann (Stephen Patz) Snyder of
Michigan City, Barbara (Fred) Riccio of Lithia, Fla., and Linda (Philip)
Mulvey of Cedar Falls, Iowa; two sons, David (Dan Gonzalez) Perry of
Indianapolis and John (Mari-Lyn Rainey) Parry of Tallmadge, Ohio; two
sisters, Jeanine Harris of Porter and Kathleen (Roger) Morris of Chesterton;
seven grandchildren, Brooke Whitman, Dean Snyder, John (Jelena) Mulvey,
Maggie (Francisco) Cuevas, Gregory Riccio, Madalyn Parry, and Reece Parry;
four great-grandchildren, Kate Whitmas, Nicholas Mulvey, Daniel Mulvey, and
Evelyn Cuevas; and many nieces and nephews.
David was a 1957 honors graduate of Wabash College, where he was a member of
the school’s Athletic Hall of Fame. For 32 years he was a teacher, coach,
and athletics director for the Michigan City Area Schools and a member of
their Hall of Fame.
Dave was also a NCAA Big Ten and Mid American Conference basketball official
for 20 years; an NFL official (1975-90), whose special assignments included
14 play-off games, four AFC/NFC championships, and Super Bowl XVII;
Supervisor of Football Officials for the Big Ten Conference (1990-2009); and
National Coordinator for the NCAA Football Officiating (1996-2011).
Dave received the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame
Outstanding Football Official Award for contributions to the sport of
college football, and he initiated the NCA football replay system in 2003.
He coordinated the NCAA football supervisors to produce officiating manuals
and techniques, which promoted national uniformity and standardization of
Private family services will be conducted. No visitation is scheduled.
Ott/Haverstock Funeral Chapel, Michigan City, made arrangements.
Memorials may be made to the David M. Parry Foundation, c/o the Unity
Foundation of LaPorte County, P.O. Box 527, Michigan City, IN 46360.