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Old 08-10-2012, 11:04 AM   #1
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Article: Carwash to benefit family of man who died in motorcycle accident
Saw this in the Kitsap Sun. Looks like the main carwash was yesterday and continues today (8/9-8/10). In the article comments, someone posted that there's another one tomorrow at a different location. Those details are pasted at the bottom.

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August 8, 2012 at 8:52 p.m.

GIG HARBOR To his family and friends, Parker F. Raft was known as "Parker Bob," an inside joke referencing his being born in Texas.

On Sunday, the 22-year-old from Port Orchard had just finished playing a softball game with the MoonDogs, a softball team in Port Orchard, when tragedy struck.

On his way home from the game at around 3:30 p.m., Raft's motorcycle collided with oncoming traffic. He was taken to Madigan Army Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead. Speed is believed to have caused the accident.

Thursday and Friday, a carwash benefit will be held at the AutoZone off Fuson Road in Bremerton with the funds collected going to Raft's family.

Raft was a 2008 graduate of South Kitsap High School, where his mother, Kathleen Raft, teaches math.

"Parker had a contagious smile," she said. "He didn't judge people, he was quick-witted and entertaining."

Raft worked at the Manpower Call Center in Bremerton for more than two years where he was a supervisor and subject matter expert. Working at the call center, Raft made close friends, many of whom are helping with the carwash benefit.

"Some nights, (Raft and I) shared a laugh, because customers can often be amusing," friend and co-worker Shannon Keith said. "Parker always had a genuine smile for me and never made me feel like I was bothering him."

At the time of the accident, Raft was driving with a suspended license and a warrant for reckless driving.

"Parker was trying to get himself out of his troubles," his mother said. "He was a good person trying to make right."

Since the accident, Raft's family has seen an outpouring of support from the community. A Facebook item has invited more than 1,500 people to the carwash.

"I have been overwhelmed by the support of Parker's friends," his mother said. "I think we all just want closure at this point."

Raft would have celebrated his 23rd birthday Aug. 16.

"He just liked hanging out with friends," friend and co-worker Victor Munoz said. "If you were friends with Parker, that was the first person you would want to invite out."

A celebration of life service will be held at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Burley Bible Church in Port Orchard. Donations to Raft's family also can be made via PayPal at

"His main desire was to be the reason behind another person's smile and laughter, which wasn't hard for him to do," friend Taylor Neal said. "There is not much he would not do for any of his friends and family."
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Here are the details on Saturday's car wash:

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There will be another car wash in Bremerton on Saturday from 11:00 - 3:00 at Reality Coffee located in the parking lot of the Driving range/paintball field in E Bremerton.
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Last edited by Candiya; 08-10-2012 at 11:11 AM..


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