He was born on February 4, 1935, in Grindstone, Pa., son of the late Jack and Mary Steech Parr.
He graduated from Brownsville High School, class of 1953. He played three seasons of Minor League Baseball in the Brooklyn Dodgers farm system.
In 1957, Jack became a policeman in Washington, D.C. After he retired, he moved back to the area and worked for Volkswagen and then he was a school bus driver for Nelson Bus Lines. He was a member of the Association of Retired Police in Washington, D.C.
He was an active member of the Grindstone Volunteer Fire Department and a member of the Colonial No. 3 Athletic Club.
He loved coaching baseball. He coached little league in Brownsville, and Jefferson Township, then he coached American Legion Ball in Colonial No. 3.
He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Josephine Tarr Parr; and the following children and grandchildren: Jack Parr and wife Teresa and their granddaughter, Breezie of Chambersburg, Pa., Janice Grago and her children, Nathalie, Jason and great-grandson, Brage of Grindstone, Pa., Brian Parr and wife, Liz Kirchner Parr of Annandale, Va., Paul Parr and wife Dottie Jo Parr and their children, Daniel and Brendan of Jupiter, Fla.; and grandchildren: Chas and Lisa Parr of Jupiter, Fla.; sisters: Mary Catherine Weitzel of Penfield, N.Y., Irene Kraynak of Canonsburg, Pa., and Marlene Toshok of Canonsburg.
In addition to his parents, Jack was preceded in death by two sons, Gregory Mark and Keith Andrew Parr and a sister, Dorothy Moore.
Friends will be received in the SKIRPAN FUNERAL HOME, 135 Park Street, Brownsville, Pa., on Friday, June 5, 2009, from 2 to 9 p.m., where a Prayer Service will be held on Saturday, June 6, at 9:30 a.m, followed by a Funeral Mass at 10 a.m. in St. Cecilia Roman Catholic Church, Grindstone, Pa., with the Rev. Father James Petrovsky as Celebrant.
Interment will be held in Mt. Macrina Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Grindstone Volunteer Fire Department.