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A 22-year-old former LaRue County High wrestling champion, Daniel Parker planned to enlist in the U.S. Navy. He was to have taken his physical exam Wednesday.
Instead his brief life was eulogized Wednesday morning at Bennett-Bertram Funeral Home. Parker, the son of Herald News editor Linda Ireland, died Sunday in a one-vehicle crash on Leafdale Road.
Parker was driving west shortly after 7 a.m. three miles north of Hodgenville when his vehicle ran off the roadway in a curve, Kentucky State Police reported. It struck a wooden fence before hitting two culverts and overturning, the report by Trooper Sam Shacklette said.
Parker, who was not wearing a seat belt, was partially ejected and pronounced dead at the scene by the LaRue County coroner, police said.
He had been a regional wrestling champion with a high school record of 62-19 and a Bluegrass State Games champion. A former wrestling coach at Moore Traditional School, he worked at amazon.com.
Gary Canter, LaRue County High School’s wrestling coach, remembers the 2004 graduate for his self-motivation and “a tremendous amount of discipline.”
He said long hours devoted to the sport forms bonds among the wrestlers. He said Parker’s death was “just like losing a family member.”
In addition to his mother, Parker is survived by her husband, Bud; father, Roger Parker and his wife, Elaine, of Pennsylvania; and a sister, Amanda Higginbotham.
The complete obituary is available on www.laruecountyherald.com and appears on Page 3A of this week's print edition.