May 17, 2018 - Issue: Vol. 164, No. 81 — Daily Edition115th Congress (2017 - 2018) - 2nd Session
COMMEMORATING THE LIFE OF JEB PARR, UNITED STATES NAVY; Congressional Record Vol. 164, No. 81
(Extensions of Remarks - May 17, 2018)
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[Extensions of Remarks] [Page E669] From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] COMMEMORATING THE LIFE OF JEB PARR, UNITED STATES NAVY ______ HON. DEREK KILMER of washington in the house of representatives Thursday, May 17, 2018 Mr. KILMER. Mr. Speaker, I would like to take a moment to commemorate the life of my former constituent, Jeb Parr, who passed away on April 19. Jeb was a fervent advocate for our nation's public shipyards. His sudden passing is a huge loss to the submarine and ship maintenance community. Jeb dedicated his professional life to the U.S. Navy. He began his active service career in 1975. At that time, he enrolled in and completed the yearlong nuclear engineering training at the fast-paced and prestigious Naval Nuclear Power School, which was founded by the father of the America's Nuclear Navy, Admiral Hyman G. Rickover. It was here where the motto ``Knowledge, Integrity, Excellence'' was forever ingrained in Jeb. He would carry this standard with him for the rest of his life. Following eight years of active military service, Jeb came to Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility (PSNS&IMF) to work as a nuclear engineer. Over his thirty years of dedicated service at the shipyard, Jeb nurtured a passion for teaching others and served an integral role in developing nuclear training and qualification programs at the shipyard. He possessed an innate ability to recognize and acknowledge the person behind the trainee or worker. He was often sent by managers to facilitate discussions between parties with opposing views, as he had a talent for finding common ground and identifying a solution to challenging problems. These abilities, coupled with his prior experience, brought him to work in the Industrial Operations Directorate at Naval Sea Systems Command in Washington, D.C. in 2016 to oversee training and personnel policy at all four public shipyards. Jeb leaves behind his loving husband of two-and-a-half years, Jose Isidoro Lemus. He will be remembered for his willingness to take time for others, his kindness, and his commitment to mission. On behalf of myself and the U.S. House of Representatives, we send our thoughts and prayers to Jose and the rest of Jeb's family during this challenging time ____________________