I was sadden to hear of the passing of Jimmy Parker. I was never disappointed attending any of his genealogy class at conferences. We missed him in recent years as he limited his teaching opportunities. I understand that several missionaries/interns were working with Jimmy in entering his file cabinets full of information into the FamilySearch Wiki. It is so true that when a person dies you loose a library. Jimmy had an incredible library, internally and externally.
The following is from the Deseret News.
Bountiful, UT-Jimmy Bruce Parker left this life and peacefully passed into the next on Friday, September 9, 2011. "...beginning his career in family history on the 3rd of July, 1963 at the Genealogical Library of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. In the beginning of his career, he traveled to many different locations in the United States and Canada, gathering records for the library. He served in many positions in the family history department, including the research department and priesthood genealogy department. He was the manager of the Family History Library for five and a half years and retired in December of 1999. He served as a missionary in Family History and Worldwide Support from June 2007 to December 2009. He was a well known writer and a great educator, teaching all over the North American Continent at the National Genealogical Conferences and BYU Education Week. He served on the board of The International Commission of the Accreditation of Professional Genealogy, president of the National Genealogical Teachers of America, Association of Professional Genealogist and President and Fellow of The Utah Genealogical Society. He was accredited in many areas of North American Research. His great love of family history and temple work has been passed on as a legacy to his family."His complete obituary is here.