Getting to Know . . . Jim Parks

Getting to Know . . . Jim Parks

Coconino County Supervisor, District 4

Jim Parks is a retired cowboy from Flagstaff, AZ. He is an Arizona native with ancestors arriving in the Tubac area from Spain about 1720. Jim’s ancestors also came from Wales, Scotland, Ireland, England and some were native Papago or Tohono O'odham people in Southern Arizona.

Jim was born in Phoenix on October 11, 1949, the oldest of 3 children of Warren and Bette Parks, and has remained a resident of Arizona since birth. He came to Flagstaff in 1974, after serving 4 years in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War. Jim spent a couple of years studying at NAU, then became a working cowboy, and later a ranch manager, working on ranches all over Arizona during the next 38 years. Jim retired in 2015, after spending his last working years at Babbitt Ranches in Northern Arizona. Jim worked on the Bar T Bar Ranches in 1977, 1978, and 2012. He also did day work on the Flying M Ranch from 1990 to 2012.

Jim’s life has always been centered around agriculture, being the grandson and great-grandson of ranchers, and the son of a farmer, agriculture has always dominated his life. He served as President of the Coconino County Farm Bureau and Cattle Growers Association, former Chairman of Coconino Natural Resource Conservation District, and member of Arizona Farm Bureau board of directors.

Jim’s wife, Vickie, is retired from Coconino County and he has a family of two daughters, their husbands, four grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

  • Born in: Phoenix, AZ
  • Childhood Hero: Davy Crockett
  • Current Hero: Major Rick Spooner, USMC, Retired. Wounded in WWII, Korea, Vietnam
  • Favorite Hobbies: Fiddling, flying, hunting, shooting
  • Favorite Western: Junior Bonner
  • Favorite Westernwear Item: Hat
  • Currently Unrealized Life Dream: Restore my old Model T Ford
  • Favorite Quotation:
First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.
— Mohandas K. Gandhi