Vintage Gardens owner dies in tree-falling accident

The community has an opportunity to remember Vintage Gardens owner Joe Parrish, who died in a tree-falling accident Feb. 21, at a memorial service and benefit dinner in his honor. Photo by Carolyn Shipp
Carolyn Shipp
Staff Writer


The friends and family of 30-year-old Joe Parrish were left devastated after a tree-falling accident claimed his life the morning of Friday, Feb. 21.

The owner of Vintage Gardens just recently took over his father, Don Parrish’s, business after Don’s death in July 2013.

Parrish said in a Profile in Business, published in Feb. 19 Feather River Publishing newspapers, that he was trying to keep the nursery open to honor his father, but he had quickly made the business his own project that he wanted to see thrive.

Parrish went tree cutting to collect wood for the nursery’s firewood business a few days after the article came out. He was out with a friend near A15 and the tree fell the wrong way, crushing Parrish.

Parrish’s memorial service will be March 15 at 2 p.m. at the Veterans Hall in Portola.

There will be a benefit dinner for him at the Log Cabin on March 9 at 5 p.m.

It will be a tri-tip meal and a silent auction. All proceeds will go toward Anna Parrish, Joe’s mother, and to Joe’s memorial.

Katie Money, daughter of the Log Cabin owner, said she felt the generosity of the community when her dad had a stroke a few years ago, so putting on a benefit dinner “seemed like the right thing to do.”

There is also a memorial fund set up at Plumas Bank, and anyone who would like to make a donation can put in Anna Parrish’s name.

The Log Cabin is looking for silent auction items; anyone interested in donating can contact Money at 414-5135 or the Log Cabin at 832-4400.

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