William “Bill” H. Parsons, Jr., an astute business and tax attorney, and a Director with Ireland Stapleton Pryor & Pascoe in Denver, Colorado, passed away on August 28, 2019 from complications of an infection. Bill was a tremendous colleague—always willing to offer help with tax matters or just unraveling complicated legal matters. Bill was known for his gregarious personality, love of sports, knowledge of sports statistics, general appreciation of a great time, and donut day at the office. His generous spirit, shrewd sense of humor, and unparalleled tax law knowledge will be profoundly missed.
Bill attended the University of New Mexico receiving a B.A. in 1967 and his J.D. from the University of New Mexico Law School in 1970. He was licensed as an attorney in Colorado, New Mexico, and Texas. From 1970-1974, Bill was an attorney for the Office of the Chief Counsel of the Internal Revenue Service in Washington, D.C. Moving into private practice in 1975, Bill practiced law briefly in Dallas with Jenkins and Gilchrist then moved to Colorado where he practiced tax law from 1977 with an emphasis on sophisticated federal and state tax planning and audit defense.
Bill served as the National Chairman of Common Cause for twelve years beginning in the 1990s and was on the Board of the Colorado Common Cause for 42 years. He was a graduate of Leadership Denver, a program associated with the Denver Chamber of Commerce, and was the former Tax Committee Chair of the National Association of Public Pension Plan Attorneys.
He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Mev Parsons and his three children, Meredith Parsons, Michael Parsons, and Kristin Parsons, and two stepdaughters, Amy Sreenen and Katie Sova. In addition, Bill is survived by 8 grandchildren as well as his sister, Cindy Parsons and her children.