Parks brothers to be celebrated at church, Dixon Lake on Saturday
July 30, 2015At 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 1, brothers Alex and Andrew Parks will be memorialized at Cross Connection Church, 16757 Oak Road, Escondido. A "Celebration of Life" will be held following that at Dixon Lake.
The Parks brothers loved to fish at Dixon Lake. The whole world of family and friends are invited.
The Parks brothers were products of Valley Center High School. Alex, 27, and Andrew, 24, were residents of Pauma Valley, where they perished following a harrowing wrong-lane turn onto oncoming Highway 76 traffic near their home.
Officially, they died instantly at the scene about 10:30 a.m. Friday, July 17. Andrew was driving the 2002 Mazda Miata just west of Lazy H Drive about a mile from where Alex worked when for some unknown reason he drifted across the double-yellow line.
Unfortunately, at that moment, a 2014 box truck driven by an unidentified 48-year-old Chula Vista man with his 43-year-old passenger traveling westbound couldn't avoid the collision. The driver said he tried to avoid the Miata to no avail. The Chula Vista truck victims were transported with minor injuries to Palomar Medical Center.
California Highway Patrol officers initially said the young men were from Escondido and Carlsbad.
Of course, they were living at a Pauma Valley rental house near Casino Pauma. Alex worked at nearby Pauma Valley Country Club in the golf cart barn. Their roommate, Devin Fox, a childhood friend of the boys, was a PVCC assistant golf pro. Andrew worked at a 4S Ranch hardware store.
Understandably a lot of emotion has surrounded the untimely deaths of two vibrant young men beginning their path through life.
Parents Michael and Micki Parks, and surviving brother Adam, 19, were devastated. Michael Parks told a news source shortly after the accident that Alex and Andrew, who golfed, fished and played paintball together "were just like twins, but three years apart. I have never seen two brothers closer."
Parks added: "I still think that Andrew is going to walk in after work, or Alex is going to text me. Every time I saw them, they hugged me and told me they loved me. They had tremendous souls and great hearts."
The Parks family was tight-knit. They continued to gather for dinner at the family home several nights a week.
In the tragic aftermath, new locations were being sought for Alex's bulldog and Andrew's pit bull. The family has set up a GoFundMe page to help defray expenses at http://www.gofundme.com/h95n24crd8.
Speaking in conclusion about the very close brothers, Parks told a writer "I know they are together. God's way of keeping them together was taking them together."