Playing for Windsor in the Queensland Australian National Football League, he was awarded the Grogan Medal in 1949 during the latter stages of his career. He represented his state in his sport numerous times over his career, including a match in 1939 against New South Wales in which he kicked nine goals.
In 2003, he was named at centre half-forward in the Queensland Team of the Century.
- "OLD RIVALS WILL MEET.". The Courier-Mail. Brisbane: National Library of Australia. 9 September 1949. p. 9. Retrieved 18 November 2012.
- "PARTON UNBEATABLE IN THE AIR.". The Courier-Mail. Brisbane: National Library of Australia. 10 July 1939. p. 10. Retrieved 18 November 2012.
- "Dick Parton (Windsor)". Full Points Footy. Retrieved 29 January 2012.
- "Dick Parton". AFL Queensland. Retrieved 29 January 2012.
- "Queensland Team of the 20th Century: Half Forward Line". Full Points Footy. Retrieved 29 January 2012.
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