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Wade Scott Parker was born in Prescott. Scott was raised in Chino Valley, and graduated from Chino Valley High School in 2009.
Wade was a motivated and driven young man. He loved competition and always gave 110 percent. Wade grew up an athlete playing baseball and football from the time he was 5-years-old.
He won a championship in both Youth Football and Little League. His father was his hero, coached him for 10 years and was the influence that made him the great player he was. He played shortstop and was captain of the Chino Valley Baseball team. He earned numerous awards and was a four-year letterman in baseball making the All State team. Wade went on to play at Lamar Community College on a scholarship. He also lettered in football earning All-Region every year he played. He holds the two highest records at the school for most interceptions in one season and the second-highest interceptions in a career.
Wade loved the outdoors and hunting and began shooting a bow when he was 2 years old. He hunted with a traditional bow made by his father. He loved shooting the bow with his father, uncle and brother and they did it quite often.
His first job was at In-N-Out burger in Prescott. It was his favorite place to eat and he would have done it every day if he could.
Wade loves Jesus and was a great Christian man. Wade's favorite thing to do was worship Jesus. He loved to play the guitar and sing. He wanted to help lead worship someday and sometimes sang on the youth worship team. He grew up very involved in church and was a mentor in his youth group and community.
Wade's family meant everything to him and loved spending time with each and every member of his family. His dad was his hero and he loved his mother and was teased about being a momma's boy but he didn't care. He would come and give her the biggest hugs and kisses no matter where he was or who was around. He loved his sisters and brother so much and tried to look after them.
Wade met the love of his life, Alicia Owens, in high school when he was 16 years old. They were like peas and carrots, his family said. Wade fell in love with her and her family immediately and respectfully asked her father if he could propose. He swept her away to Disneyland and proposed to her in 2012. They were to be married Oct. 19, 2013. His dream was to marry his high school sweetheart and have a big family.
Wade wanted to be just like his dad and decided at a very young age to follow in his father's footsteps in the fire service. He joined the Granite Mountain Hotshot Crew in 2012 at age 22 and was Rookie of the Year his first season. He loved his crew brothers and looked up to them.
Wade was a devoted son and soon-to-be husband, wonderful uncle and brother. He was a natural leader. He didn't demand respect but he earned it. Wade was always there to help and mentored so many in our community. He was a man of honor and integrity and wisdom beyond his years. He had a beautiful smile, a great hug, and was a wonderful young man. He will missed by all.
His father works for the nearby Chino Valley Fire Department, said retired Prescott Fire Department Capt. Jeff Knotek, who had known Parker since he was "just a little guy."
The younger Parker had been very excited about being part of the Hotshot crew, Knotek said.
"He was another guy who wanted to be a second-generation firefighter," Knotek said. "Big, athletic kid who loved it, aggressive, assertive and in great shape."
"It's just a shame to see this happen," Knotek said.
Friend Laura Kirk described him as a fun-loving daredevil who loved sports, his church, and his fiancee.
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