Parker Leikam

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  • Age: 18
  • Adams Center, NY
  • South Jefferson High School, Clark Middle School, Wilson Elementary

Our beloved Parker was killed 3/24/16 by a reckless 31 year old driver that was passing on a hill at over 80mph. He died instantly. Because of the nature of his injuries and the time it took to extract him, he was not able to donate any organs as was his wish, but he saved many lives in other ways during his life. Upon his death we were reached out to by multiple peers who had stated he had kept them from dropping out or committing suicide. He regularly volunteered in the special needs classroom and learned sign language to communicate with 1. Parker dabbled in many instruments, but Tuba was a love and he went to All State with it. He was heavily involved with 3 different theatre groups and was Beast in Beauty and the Beast 5 days before he was taken. He was an amazing singer and was in many competitions. He was a straight A student and we were informed that he was Western Michigan’s #1 pick out of 500 granted auditions for the Musical Theatre program the day of his Wake. He dressed as Buddy the Elf one Halloween when he was 15 and it became one of his trademarks. He dressed as Elf before Christmas break to hand out candy canes to classmates and then the elementary schools invited him to read to the kids. Last Christmas 2015, he claimed the role of Buddy in a cast of 80. When he was with all the kids, he was 7. When he was with the 80 and 90 year olds in the Barber Shop Quartet he was in, he brought youth. He was the only teen cast in a principal role in Spamalot and was embraced as a peer and was always the heart of whatever he did. He was convinced his Senior year to join the football team. He was gay so he was a little nervous, but the team embraced him fully and where he wasn’t the best player, he gave the team inspiration and strength and cupcakes and now some of them sport memorial tattoos. He was an amazing baker and took cupcakes to just about every event he went to. When he died, a friend created #bowtiesforparker and to date, thousands have worn bow ties in his honor. A gentleman from New Orleans made and dontated bow ties for the whole graduating class to wear. Ted Keegan, who performs as Phantom in Phantom of the Opera on Broadway, performed locally with Parker and came up to sing at his memorial where he told us he created #bowtiesforparkeronbroadway where many stars and casts have paid tribute. There is so much more to Parker. He spread acceptance and love and tolerance to all he knew throughout the State and across borders in the US and the World. He was an amazing person and his legacy is being carried on through several different scholarship funds and Buddy Benches at schools and through the sharing of cupcakes and more. Parker fit in all circles. To know him for a lifetime or for a brief period, he treated you as if you were the most important person in his world and you gained a best friend as so many of all ages have claimed him to be. A person’s life isn’t measured in years, it’s measured in the amount of people’s lives they change. Parker has impacted more people’s lives in his short 18 years than most people do in a full lifetime. You will always be loved and forever be missed our dear boy….

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Barry Davis

December 8, 2016
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Barry Davis

December 8, 2016