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Date of Death: September 10, 2009 - View or Post a Eulogy
1st Lt. Tyler E. Parten, 24, of Arkansas, died Sept. 10 in Konar province, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained when insurgents attacked his unit using rocket-propelled grenades and small arms fire. He was assigned to the 3rd Squadron, 61st Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Carson, Colo.
Parten grew up in Marianna and graduated from Marianna Lee High School. His FaceBook page is filled with photographs and touching entries by friends and family.
He listed these as his favorite quotes:
'Should' is the worst word in the English
language. Regret is never an option."
"Sometimes the things that may or may
not be true are the things that a man needs to believe in the
most: that people are basically good; that honor, courage, and
virtue mean everything; that power and money, money and power
mean nothing; that good always triumphs over evil; that love,
true love, never dies..No matter if they're true or not, a man
should believe in those things because those are the things worth
--Hub McCann in Secondhand Lions
"The only thing necessary for the triumph
of evil is that good men do nothing."
-- Edmund Burke
"Don't ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive, and go do that, because what the world needs is people who have come alive."
"No man, for any considerable period
of time, can wear one face to himself and another to the multitude
without finally getting bewildered as to which may be the truth."
"The longer I live, the more I realize
the impact of attitude on life. Attitude, to me, is more important
than facts. It is more important than the past, than education,
than money, than circumstnaces, than failures, than successes,
than what other people think or say or do. It is more important
than appearance, giftedness, or skill. It will make or break a
company..a church...a home. The remarkable thing is we have a
choice every day regarding the attitude we will embrace for that
day. We cannot change our past. We cannot change the fact that
people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable.
The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and
that is our attitude...I am convinced that life is 10% what happens
to me, and 90% how I react to it. And so it is with you...we are
in charge of our Attitudes."
"Embrace relational uncertainty. It's
called romance. Embrace spiritual uncertainty. it's called mystery.
Embrace occupational uncertainty. It's called destiny. Embrace
emotional uncertainty. It's called joy. Embrace intellectual uncertainty.
It's called revelation."
He is survived by his mother, father, sister and brother.
His body will be flown back to the US this weekend. Funeral arrangements are pending