Johnny "John" Parish, II

August 12, 1968 - July 26, 2020

Johnny Ray Parish, II was born on August 12, 1968, in Starkville, Mississippi, to John and Linda Parish.  He grew up in Jackson, MS, where he graduated from Woodland Hills Baptist Academy in 1987.  John graduated from Mississippi State University in 1992 with a B.S. in Computer Engineering and worked as a Service Practice Lead for Software Defined WAN and LAN Architectures for World Wide Technology.  In 2004, he married Amanda Johnson of Jackson, and they welcomed their beautiful baby girl, Megan, to the world in 2007. 

John is survived by his wife and daughter of Prosper, TX; his parents and sister, Amy Parish, of Savannah, TX; and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins. 

John was a third generation Mississippi State engineer who showed an early aptitude for the field. One of his sister’s early memories was of John crawling through the house at top speed, laughing manically, and wielding a screwdriver that his mother had to hide from him every day. He would then head straight for his toys and dismantle them after which his mother boxed up the remains until he was old enough to put them back together. 

John was devoted to his daughter, Megan, and said the highlight of his day was picking her up from school. Several years ago, Amanda told him he needed to get a hobby, so he began developing an ever growing, elaborate Christmas light display, set to music on an AM channel. 

John and his family loved to go on cruises every year and made numerous trips to Disney and Universal Studios.

He was known for his quick wit, love of dogs, and the importance of caring for his family. 

A Memorial Service will be held at Preston Trail Community Church - McKinney Campus, 1611 Wilmeth Road, McKinney, Texas 75069, on Saturday, August 1, 2020 beginning at 3:00 PM. In support of our local, state, and federal govt including CDC directives and to protect the physical health, safety, and well-being of our community, only 75 guests will be allowed to attend the Funeral Service. 

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Preston Trail Community Church – McKinney Campus at

To watch the service life stream, please visit Celebration of Life John Parish by Preston Trail Community Church

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Amanda, I wanted to share my condolences. It was so good to be your neighbor and I am so glad to have known John. May he rest in peace and may you and Megan have comfort and strength. Love,
Kim Johnson, August 3, 2020 I was saddened to hear of your sudden loss. Please accept my heartfelt condolences and I hope that in a small way they help through these trying times. I have so many happy memories of spending time with John over the years since we met as roommates at MSU. He was a good man and a good friend. God bless him and all of you at this time of sorrow. May you find comfort in those family and friends around you. Brad Brad Deason, August 3, 2020 Amanda, I am so sorry for you loss. I am lifting you and Megan up during this time. He will uphold you. I pray for a peace that passes understanding even as you navigate a new and different world.
Carla Richey, August 3, 2020 Amanda, Darrell and I are so sorry to hear of your loss. Please know that both you and Megan are on our hearts and in our prayers. God Bless You. Darrell and Preston Ard, August 3, 2020 Amanda and Megan, My heart aches to hear this news and I am so sorry for your loss. This is all still such a shock; I am having a hard time wrapping my head around it so I know how difficult this must be for you and the family. I may not have been the closest cousin John had but I still remember great times with him. Hearing the news brought back a deluge of fond memories from when we were younger and it is difficult to express my sense of loss. You will be in our thoughts and prayers. Please do not hesitate to reach out to us if we could be of any help. Again, our deepest sympathies to you and your family. Matthew Sanford and family Matthew Sanford, August 2, 2020 Thinking of all of you during this difficult time. We are all here for you. Hugs. Jolene Vinson, August 2, 2020 My thoughts and prayers are with you both. May God give you strength to get up each morning, and sweet memories of your time together to comfort you. Carrie Carrie Butts, August 2, 2020 Sending prayers to you and your family. We are all here to support you. Kristy T Carr, August 2, 2020 Amanda and Megan, I am so sorry for your loss. John was such a great person. God bless the Parish family. Ronnie C. Hamilton , August 1, 2020 We will miss John’s sense of humor and friendship greatly but know we will meet again. Praying for peace and comfort for his family. Rick and Shanna Palmer, August 1, 2020 I didn’t know John well, but the few times I was around him, I liked him instantly. I have been reading such great things about him. He must have been a wonderful husband, father, son, and brother. I’m very sorry for the world’s loss.
Glenda Wilson, August 1, 2020 My earliest memories of John involved ketchup... LOTS of ketchup. As a child, I remember him putting it on all his food. He was smart, funny and his passing leaves a hole in our extended family fabric. In today's trying times, our love and condolences must be sent virtually but they will be no less sincere. We wish we could be there with other family members as you lay our dear cousin to rest. Sending love to all from Mexico, Laurie and Randy Laurie Ryan, August 1, 2020 When I think of John, I remember him smiling, laughing, and dedicating his love to his family. His legacy will live on through you and Megan. You are greatly loved. Julie Miller, July 31, 2020 Our thoughts and prayers are with you girls! We love you!!! Nicole Langley, July 31, 2020 Our family is praying for you and your family. You have our deepest condolences. If we can be of any help, don’t hesitate to reach out. Darrell Terry, July 31, 2020 Amanda and Megan, I am saddened to hear of your loss. Please accept my heartfelt condolences and I hope that in a small way they help through these trying times. I have so many happy memories of spending time with John over the years since we met as roommates at MSU. John brought joy, happiness, and laughter to all who knew him. May you find comfort in those around you. Praying for family and friends to comfort you, faith to uphold you, and loving memories to help you smile again. Love you,
Brad Deason, July 31, 2020 Amanda and Megan, I am so sorry for your loss. Be patient with you grief and let the Lord guide your journey. Peace be with you and your family. Sarah Corrigan, July 31, 2020 My condolences to the family. Wayne Rider, July 31, 2020 I taught Megan and Amanda Taekwondo and have fond memories of John. I remember John bringing Megan to Taekwondo classes on Saturday mornings, he loved watching his daughter in class. You could see how proud he was of her in his eyes and the big smile on his face, as he waited in the lobby watching his little girl learn how to defend herself. Condolences to the family from all of us at Taekwondo America. Elizabeth Davis, July 31, 2020 So shocked to hear this. He was such a great guy...he was funny, always cracking jokes, but when you needed help or something done he was the first one there. I know he will be sorely missed! Alan Dumdei, July 31, 2020 May God wrap his healing arms around the two of you during this difficult time. Praying for you! Dani, Dwayne and Addison Norvell, July 30, 2020 I am praying for God's comfort for the family of my friend John. I will always have good memories of him. He was a true friend entertaining ... and he loved his wife and daughter so much. Gaylene Davis , July 30, 2020 John I did not get to say goodbye! I know you can hear what I want to say to you, I loved working with you on your project at your home with your christmas lights, I loved that you were involved in all the process of installation not every customer loves the way their christmas lights will look like, but you John you were always there! You mentioned to me at one time that you did this for your daughter and she will remember that for the rest of her life! God Bless You and your family! My deepest condolences to you Amanda and your family!
Jose Rios, July 30, 2020 I’m so sorry for your loss. Know that you are loved and I am here for you, whatever you need. Blessed are those that get to be with the Lord during these trials. Tanya Barrios, July 30, 2020 Amanda and Megan, I pray for you the peace and comfort that only God can settle your hearts, to help you to be brave, and to remind you that He is always and forever with you. Much love to you both! Ashelyn Ashelyn , July 30, 2020 Our thoughts and prayers are with you, John, Linda & family. Love, Judy & Jody Hill Judy & Jody Hill, July 30, 2020 I worked with John at CenturyLink. As well as his wonderful dry humor and infectious smile, he was a true gentleman and a respected technical leader at the company. My prayers and condolences go to his family. Andrew Higginbotham, July 30, 2020 I've worked with John for over 2 years and found his personality to match his leadership and both were amazing. I'm stunned and saddened to hear of his passing. John was great at building connections with people, tracking activities that make an impact, and motivating his people to do the same. I shared breakfast with John a few times and he always spoke of his family and his love of spending time with them. Bob Hrbek, July 30, 2020 Amanda, I am so sorry to hear about John; I can't imagine what you and Megan are going through. I will pray for God to give you peace and comfort during this. Love, Sherry Sherry Rowlett, July 29, 2020