Steven Duane Parman, 65, of Johnson City, died Sunday, December 31, 2017, at Stanton County Hospital in Johnson City.
Born September 16, 1952, at Ft. Riley during the Korean War, to Harold Duane Parman and Dorothy Coffland Parman, Mr. Parman grew up in Fairview. He graduated from Topeka West High School in 1970. He met Allyson Ann Davis at ESU, and they were married May 28, 1973, at the farm of Ann’s parents, Rudy and Meryl Davis, near Rock, KS.
After moving to Johnson City, Mr. Parman and his brother David formed Parman Brothers, Ltd in 1976. Although they initially engaged in residential construction, the two also designed and built fine furniture. Later, kaleidoscopes became the main focus of Parman Brothers. Their scopes were sold in gift shops throughout the United States as well as Japan, Scotland and Mexico. In the late 1990s, after the kaleidoscope market declined, the brothers shifted to the fabrication and installation of countertops. Steve purchased the business from David in 2008 and continued to provide granite, quartz and solid surface tops to contractors and homeowners in Kansas, Colorado, Oklahoma and Texas.
Known as "Chef Steve" because of his skills as a chef and baker, he also mastered the flying of performance kites. He was an avid fan of jazz and promoted music in many forms as President of the Stanton County Area Concert Association.
In August 2016, Steve was diagnosed with brain cancer. Despite the challenges of both the disease and its treatment, Steve found unexpected joy in his encounters with the people of the medical community.
In addition to his wife, Steve is survived by his parents, Harold and Dorothy Parman of Topeka; a brother, David Parman of Charlottesville, VA; and a sister, Linda Parman of Temple, TX.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, January 8, at Garnand Funeral Home Chapel in Johnson City. Memorial contributions may be given to the Stanton County Hospital, the Stanton County Area Concert Association, or the Stanton County Scholarship Foundation, in care of Garnand Funeral Home, P.O. Box 715, Johnson City, KS 67855. Condolences may be posted at www.garnandfuneralhomes.com.