John Claude Parrott

Oct. 1, 1937 – Nov. 13, 2021
Thursday, December 23, 2021

John was born in San Bernardino, Calif., to Beaunice (Andersen) and John Claude Parrott. He attended the University of Redlands on a music (piano) scholarship and also earned a place on the varsity football team as a walk-on. He finished a BA in sociology, then later went on to earn MAs in both sociology and education at CSU, Fresno. He lived much of his adult life in the Central Valley, raising his daughters and as a teacher and administrator in various schools.

He served as principal in Sanger, which he re-opened after a deadly gang shooting at the school, and Exeter. During his teaching career, he coached a number ofCentral Valley CIF championship teams, including several players who went on to pro-football careers. John moved back to Southern Calif. to take a job in Hemet, where he later became principal, then taking on the same role in Temecula, the district he retired from in 1997. While in Hemet, he met and married Roberta Kerr. He also won the award of Riverside County Principal of the Year while in Hemet, the first such ceremony in the county.

He earned the respect and admiration of the staff in each high school, getting notes and gifts of gratitude when he left. He moved to Montana in 1998 with his wife, Roberta, serving on the Cobblestone Preservation Committee Board and the governing board at the Columbus Golf course. He loved to compete in golf tournaments and beat the “flat bellies.”

John passed away in November after celebrating an early Christmas with family who loved him, something he would count as his most important achievement. John has two daughters, Pamela Klein (Tom), who passed away in 2000, and Amanda Hutton Parrott (Barry Hutton), and two grandsons, Tamir and Taj. His wife Roberta also survives him. Cremation complete, a spring memorial will take place outside.