Mar 27, 2010 7:23 PM by Ariel Wesler

Hundreds pay respects to the legendary Fess Parker

Friends and family gathered for a memorial honoring Fess Parker.

It took place today at Parker's own Doubletree Resort in Santa Barbara. Parker was best know known for playing TV's Davy Crockett and Daniel Boone. He also owned a vineyard in Los Olivos. Parker died last Thursday. He was 85 years old.

From cowboy hats to coonskin caps, hundreds gathered to remember the man who brought pioneers Davy Crockett and Daniel Boone to life

"He was just so normal and down to earth. He wasn't any different than anyone else, but he was just such a big tall man," said Julia Disieno, a family friend.

A humble guy both in and out of the spotlight, his characters have become american legends and inspired a generation of baby boomers.

"Someone to look up to and respect and as a child, that's these days, hard to find," said Dennis Copas, a lifelong friend.

Family and friends say his love of acting and winemaking were no match for his passion for people.

"He was very much like the personas he portrayed. He was just a good old texas boy and his mama raised him right," said his daughter Ashley Parker-Snider.

A family man who called Santa Barbara County home.

"The glass was always half full and if it happened to have Syrah in it, he would drink it," said his son Eli Parker.

After becoming a sucessful developer, in 1989, Parker opened his own winery in the Santa Ynez Valley, which has gone on to produce award winning wines. Today, his legacy lives on as King of the Wild Frontier and a king in the eyes of those along the Central Coast.

More than 500 people attended Parker's memorial. At the end of the ceremony, the crowd raised their glasses in a toast and sang the Ballad of Davy Crockett.

The Parker family is asking that any donations be made to Direct Relief International in lieu of flowers.


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