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Edna man found dead in Intracoastal Canal

By Jennifer Lee Preyss
April 18, 2011 at 6:02 p.m.
Updated April 17, 2011 at 11:18 p.m.


An Edna man was found dead in the Intracoastal Canal near Port O'Connor Sunday morning after being ejected from his boat.

Calhoun County Sheriff B.B. Browning said an investigation is ongoing to determine what led to the death of 58-year-old Larry Parks, which was reported to the Corpus Christi Coast Guard at 9:15 a.m. by two fishermen boating in the waterway.

Parks was reported to be boating alone on Sunday.

"Somehow, he was ejected from the boat," Browning said. "Two fishermen saw the boat and found him floating in the water."

Parks' father, L.A. Parks, also of Edna, said his son was testing out the boat for a friend when he was thrown from the vessel.

"His friend asked Larry to run (the boat) and see what he thought," the older Parks said. "Larry was a good boatsman, and his friend thought highly of his opinion."

Parks launched the boat about 8 a.m., and about an hour later it was discovered on land near The Sanctuary neighborhood in Port O'Connor, Browning said.

"We suspect it might be medical related, but we don't know yet," L.A. Parks said. "It's a crushing blow, it really is."

Coast Guard Public Affairs Officer Lt. Mary Arvidson said a 25-foot cutter and MH-65 Dolphin helicopter were the first to respond to the scene Sunday, and they transported Parks' body to Calhoun County EMS.

Arvidson confirmed the sheriff's office report.

Browning said his office is awaiting the results of an autopsy to determine the cause of death.

Parks, a widower, was the father of four children, and worked as vice president for Parks Electric Service Inc. as a master electrician in Edna.

"He was a wonderful son; he was friends with everyone he met. He was quite a man," his father said.

Memorial services are pending with Oaklawn Funeral Home in Edna, and Parks said the family will hold a special service for Larry Parks to celebrate his life.

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