Wade Parker Livingston June 10, 1951 – January 18, 2016

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livingstonWade Parker Livingston was an artist at heart. Growing up he thought canvas and paint would be his medium. After college he learned to create art from life in a different format. Ultimately, seeing the best of people from behind the lens of his camera became his passion. From his studio in Dallas he was able to create beautiful photographic works of art that were enjoyed by everybody who saw them. The most remarkable part of Wade’s work wasn’t the end result however, but the feelings he imparted on those who had the pleasure to work with him. His subjects and co-workers have commented on what a great pleasure it was to know Wade and be near him. He tirelessly worked to find the best angle for any shoot, and effortlessly found the best in every person. He was a kind and gentle man, supremely talented and very humble. Friends that worked along side him called him “wandering, pondering Wade”. He was always searching for the beauty in a location that nobody had seen before. He was that way with his family and friends as well. Wade would patiently talk with you when you had the pleasure to see him. He would inquisitively focus on your story, your problems, and your triumphs. He was always interested in you in a way that would make you feel unique and valuable. His unassuming nature was a comfort that could sometimes belie his vigor to pursue his newest passion. Wade was a talented chef and gardener. These tied into his interest in taking in the outdoors as vigorously as possible. He loved to hike throughout Texas, or wherever he happened to be, for a shoot. For him, It must have been the best way to always be on the lookout for the next great undiscovered location, the perfect backdrop for another picture.

Our family has been humbled to learn of all the people who knew and loved Wade in a different way than we did. For his family, Wade was a constant source of support and love to us all. We’ve talked about it and no one can remember him saying a negative thing about anyone. It is really remarkable to put that sentiment on paper because we are hard pressed to give that same designation to anyone else. To us, he was always passionate and inquisitive about the things we had going on. From his siblings and their spouses, to nephews and nieces, somehow he made each of us feel unique and interesting. Even in a crowded house at Thanksgiving or Christmas (and they get quite crowded in our family), Parky had time for each one of us. As the oldest child of Peggy and Wade, he made sure to take care of each and every one of us that came after him. He also took such great care of his parents. He has been a constant companion for Peggy, his mother, since his father passed away three years ago. Those that know our family will understand how important and valuable that has been for all of us. His selflessness has been unrivaled and a gift from God.

Speaking of gifts from God, Wade certainly was one of those. Wade had an unwavering faith that nothing could shake. Throughout his life he enjoyed studying the Bible and sharing the joy it brought him with anyone lucky enough to meet him. He found meaning and beauty in the word of God and that was reflected in every photograph he ever took. Wow…if we could even imagine the backdrop he has to photograph against now, the beautiful pictures he’s taking in heaven. In true Wade fashion, I’m sure his work in heaven is beyond breathtaking.
For those of us mourning this tremendous loss, I think Wade “Parky” Livingston would tell us all, “Go wandering in the wilderness, wherever you might find it, and find the beauty that God has created for us all.”
1 Corinthians 13 “ And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.”

jaynesServices for Wade will be 10:00 am, Saturday, January 23, at Wade’s church, Dallas First Church of the Nazarene, 825 N. Cockrell Hill Road in DeSoto, TX.

Burial will be in Coppell at Rolling Oaks Cemetery at 1 p.m.

Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. Friday, the 22nd at Jaynes.