The National Council of Youth Sports (NCYS) is sad to announce member Neil Parmenter, 70, passed away on Sunday, May 3, 2009. He was a lifelong Des Moines resident.
Parmenter was honored by the National Council of Youth Sports in 2006 as the NCYS STRIVE Award’s Local Youth Sports Administrator of the Year. He proudly earned his Certified Sports Administrator (CSA) designation from the National Council of Youth Sports and The George Washington University.
Parmenter was a strong leader and respected advocate for children and athletics. He always kept young people involved in supervised extra curricular activities geared toward a youngster’s level of interest and ability. For Neil, youth sports were a labor of love.
For more than three decades, Parmenter gave countless volunteer hours to youth sports. He served as coach, board member, officer, player agent, tournament director, commissioner, volunteer, and administrator for multiple sports including the Iowa and national Amateur Athletic Union (AAU), Beaverdale Little League, and the Parochial Football League. Parmenter fulfilled about every volunteer position in connection with ice hockey, swimming, soccer, softball, water polo, golf, baseball, football, and basketball programs.
Parmenter was a longtime Amateur Athletic Union and Little League baseball official. He was co-chairman of the national AAU baseball program, a position he shared with former Major League player Chet Lemon. He helped make Iowa a destination for regional and national amateur tournaments including National AAU Junior Olympic games in Des Moines.
By profession, Parmenter was senior actuary for Principal Financial Group for 38 years, retiring in 2000. He served in various leadership capacities for the Society of Actuaries including president 2003-2004. He was admired for his keen insight with regard to actuarial matters.
He brought a positive spirit to every project or activity he was involved in, both on a professional and personal level - he will be missed.
He is survived by his wife of 34 years, Teresa, eight children and fourteen grandchildren.