About Leon


Leon the Firefighter

Leon graduated from Kennewick High School, class of 1955, where he was well-known as “Leo the Lion.”  He married Annette Verellen in 1956 and moved to Richland, where they raised six children:  Bill, Marc, Kelly, Scott, Tony, and Mike.

 Leon was a devoted husband, brother, father, grandfather, and friend. He enjoyed spending his free time attending his kids’ and grandkids’ sporting events and activities; fishing with his siblings and sons; golfing at the West Richland Golf Course; taking frequent trips to Westport and the Oregon Coast; and refereeing baseball, basketball, and football.

 Leon was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma in early 2003.  He was treated and cared for by the Tri-City Cancer Center, and at the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, where he received a stem cell transplant.  Leon was impressed with and grateful for the excellent care he received from the staff at these facilities, and would be honored to know that this event, in his memory, would benefit cancer research.


Quinton Parnell — Leon’s grandson and fellow golf enthusiast — came up with the idea for this memorial golf tournament and set the wheels in motion.

The Leon Parnell Golf Classic is led by Mike and Jessica Parnell, with support from the rest of Leon’s family, listed here:  Annette Parnell; Bill, Lily, Kristen, and Allison Parnell; Marc, Joni, Lyndsay, Amanda, and Wyatt Parnell; Kelly, Boyd, Delaney, and Zac Champion; Scott, Cindy, Stephanie, and Jaclyn Parnell; Tony Parnell; Mike, Jessica, Quinton, and Allie Parnell.

Leon’s family is sponsoring this event with the hope that donations and research will lead to a cure for Multiple Myeloma.  We thank you for your support.