Vern Parker was born in May, 1889, to James Madison Parker, wagon master and blacksmith, and Anna Bills, in Hanford, California. He and his twin sister were the last of seven children. Little is known of his early years.
He became best-known as a painter and woodcarver in the 40s and 50s when he carved gates and signs for the wealthy ranchers and landowners in Santa Ynez, California. His carvings remain on display at the Santa Ynez Historical Museum, and a stagecoach carving can still be seen above the entrance Mattai's Tavern, former stagecoach stop, now a popular restaurant in Los Olivos, California.
He then moved to Benson, Arizona where he had a studio and gift shop with his wife and stepson for m
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