Profession Mourns the Loss of Dr. Karl Parker

January 8, 2010 · Filed Under Main Content · 4 Comments 

The Chiropractic profession sadly mourns the loss of Dr. W. Karl Parker, one of its most passionately dedicated leaders. Parker lost a valiant 18 month battle against cancer Christmas night, 2009.

He received his degree from Texas Chiropractic College in 1969 and began his career in Houston, where he built one of the most successful practices in Texas. He left his practice in 1976 to join his father, the legendary Dr. James W. Parker, as executive vice president of Parker Chiropractic Resource Foundation in Fort Worth.

Together they conducted the largest seminar series in the profession. To date, the 300th Parker Seminar in January 1989 — with an attendance of more than 8,300 doctors, spouses, and staff — was the largest gathering in its history.

With his son by his side, Dr. Jim Parker was able to expand their vision by starting Parker College of Chiropractic in 1982, so future doctors could be exposed to the Parker principles for life and practice success while going through school.  He ultimately assumed the presidency of both Parker Seminars and Parker College in 1996.

In order to continue his and his father’s vision and legacy, he began the Karl Parker Seminars in 1999. Through incredible odds, and debilitating disease, he persevered for the betterment of the profession he dearly loved.

Parker died peacefully at home with his family in prayer around him.  He will be greatly missed.

In lieu of flowers donations are being accepted for the Karl Parker Memorial Fund.  Please make checks payable to the executor of the estate, Robert Parker and mail to:  Parker Health Solutions, 6210 N. Beltline Road, Suite 155, Irving, TX 75063.

Source: Parker Health Solutions,