Gordon L. Park

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Gordon Lesley Park
Member of the Wyoming House of Representatives
from the 49th district
In office
January 1, 1993 – December 31, 1996
Personal details
Born (1937-06-29)June 29, 1937
Lexington, Cleveland County
Oklahoma, USA
Died March 11, 2010(2010-03-11) (aged 72)
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Ann Hively Park (married 1957–2010, his death)
Children Michael Sean Park

Leslie Ann Park Carlson

Residence Evanston, Uinta County
Wyoming
Alma mater Wasco Union High School

Bakersfield College
University of California at Los Angeles

Profession Engineer; Geologist
Religion Southern Baptist

Gordon Lesley Park (June 29, 1937 – March 11, 2010) was a petroleum engineer and geologist for the Chevron Oil Company, who served from 1993 to 1996 as a Republican member of the Wyoming House of Representatives from District 49 in Uinta County.

Background[edit]

Park was born to Harold Gordon Park and the former Iva Hazel Edwards (born 1917) in Lexington in Cleveland County in central Oklahoma. He was reared in California, where he attended elementary school at Lost Hills in Kern County. He was baptized as a young man upon his profession of faith in Jesus Christ into the Southern Baptist denomination. In 1950, he attended the Boy Scout Jamboree in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania. In 1955, he graduated from Wasco Union High School in Wasco, also in Kern County. He then attended Bakersfield College, a junior college in Bakersfield, California. In 1961, he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in geology from the University of California at Los Angeles. He was then employed by Standard Oil of California (subsequently Chevron) and spent the following thirty-two years working in various locations around the globe.[1]


Later years[edit]

In 1987, Park was transferred to Evanston, the county seat of Uinta County in far southwestern Wyoming adjacent to the Utah state line, as the manager of Chevron operations there. He retired from the company in 1992 and immediately ran for the Wyoming House. Park was the Republican state committeeman for Uinta County. The Parks attended the 1996 Republican National Convention in San Diego, California, and the 2000 confab in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.[1] The District 49 seat is now held by a Democrat, Saundra Meyer of Evanston.[2] The Parks have been regular donors to the Wyoming Republican Party.[3]

Park was affiliated with Rotary International, the Lions International, Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, the Chamber of Commerce, the Wyoming State Hospital Advisory Board, the Evanston Housing Authority, Bear River Basin Advisory Group, the Uinta County Citizens Coalition, the interest group, the Petroleum Association of Wyoming, and the Wyoming Heritage Society. He was an outdoorsman who engaged in trap shooting, camping, snowbirding, skiing, and golf.[1]

On July 13, 1957, Park wed the former Ann Hively (born 1938), and the couple had two children, Michael Sean Park (born 1963) and wife Janine, grandchildren Antonio, Anna, and Amanda, and Leslie Ann Carlson (born 1966) and husband Alan, all of Evanston. He was also survived by his mother; two brothers, Leonard Park of McCloud, California, and Ronald Park of Bakersfield, California, and three adopted granddaughters, Pam, Megan, and Holly. He was preceded in death by his father and his brother, Raymond Park. The obituary does not specify the place or cause of death. Park was cremated.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Gordon L. Park". Wyoming Tribune Eagle. Retrieved March 26, 2010. 
  2. ^ List of current Wyoming state legislators, State Capitol, Cheyenne, Wyoming
  3. ^ "Evanston, WY, Political Contributions by Individuals". city-date.com. Retrieved March 26, 2010.