Crestview man: 'I used to have Down syndrome'

Danny Parker

Danny Parker adjusts merchandise in the garden center of the Crestview Wal-Mart, where he's worked for 20 years.

Published: Monday, October 28, 2013 at 01:36 PM.

Editor’s Note: This is the second installment of a series on north Okaloosa County residents with Down syndrome.

CRESTVIEW — Life for Danny Parker is much like that for anyone else. He gets up, sometimes takes a spin on his four-wheeler, reports to work and comes home to his family.

Having Down syndrome hasn't deterred him, Parker's family members say. To his customers in the Wal-Mart garden center, he's another helpful employee.

"I never thought about it much," Paige Parker, his older sister, said. "There's five kids in the family and we didn't treat him any different than anyone else. He was aggravating at times and loving at times, just like any other brother."

Danny Parker has worked at Wal-Mart for 20 years, and is well known to many shoppers. With a restricted driver’s license, he is often able to drive himself to and from work.

"The customers love Danny," Paige said. "He has regular customers who come in and ask for him. Wal-Mart's been very good to them.”

Among the accomplishments that bring him the most pride is having worked hard to earn his black belt in taekwondo.

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