HUNTINGDON – Pennsylvania Game Commission Southcentral Region Director Donald C. Parr Jr. will retire effective today, June 29. Parr was named region director in January of 2004, after having served as acting region director from April of 2003.
“Don Parr’s knowledge of the game laws and the Southcentral Region made him an outstanding region director,” said Carl G. Roe, Game Commission executive director. “We wish him well in retirement. And, while we certainly will miss Don’s service, we have no doubt that he will continue to share his commitment to our state’s wildlife resources and rich hunting and trapping heritage.”
As region director, Parr was responsible for all Game Commission information and education programs and law enforcement activities in the agency’s 11-county Southcentral Region. He also oversaw the habitat improvement projects and all other land management activities on more than 209,000 acres of State Game Lands in the region.
Parr became a Game Commission Wildlife Conservation Officer trainee in the 16th Class of the Ross Leffler School of Conservation. Upon graduation in 1976, he was assigned to serve as a Wildlife Conservation Officer in Huntingdon County.
In 1988, Parr was promoted to Southcentral Region Federal Aid Supervisor, where he was responsible for the region budget, office complex, radio and computer systems, public access programs, deer and bear deterrent fencing program, pheasant stocking program and other region equipment and training programs.
Parr graduated from Tidioute Area High School in Tidioute, Warren County, in 1968. He earned an associate’s degree in law enforcement from Alpena Community College in Michigan in 1973. While in Michigan attending school, Parr served as a Deputy Wildlife Conservation Officer for the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.
In 1973, when he returned to Pennsylvania, Parr became a Deputy Wildlife Conservation Officer for the Game Commission. A year later he was hired as a police officer at Edinboro State College until his enrollment as a Game Commission’s Wildlife Conservation Officer trainee.
Parr’s service with the Game Commission actually began as a laborer in 1968, before he joined the U.S. Air Force as an aircraft mechanic specialist from 1969-72.
Parr and his wife, Susan, currently reside in Huntingdon. They have two children.
The agency’s Southcentral Region is comprised of: Adams, Bedford, Blair, Cumberland, Franklin, Fulton, Huntingdon, Juniata, Mifflin, Perry and Snyder counties. The office is at 8627 William Penn Highway in Huntingdon.