Late Actor Dan Blocker’s Wife, Dolphia Parker: Is She Still Alive?

June 26, 2023   | June 27, 2023  | 

    Dolphia Parker is the wife of the late American television actor and Korean war veteran Dan Blocker (aka Boby Dan Davis Blocker). She got married to her husband Dan in 1952 and remained with him till his death in 1972. Since her hubby’s death, Dolphin has been hardly spotted in the media leading people to speculate if she is still alive or dead.

    Well, scroll down the below piece of writing to know in detail about her current status of living and whereabouts.

    Key Takeaways

    • Dolphia Parker grew up on a ranch in Oklahoma where her parents breed quarter horses.
    • She got hitched with Dan in 1952 who later became a renowned actor following his character Hoss Cartwright in the long-running TV series Bonanza.
    • Her husband died at the age of 43 due to a Pulmonary embolism.
    • Together with her late husband, she has four children, two sons, and twins daughters.
    • She is still alive and living a content life out of the spotlight.

    Is Dolphia Parker Still Alive?

    As far as the media is informed, Dolphia is still alive. Due to her complete disappearance from the media world, it seems like she exists no longer. But the truth is not what it appears. It’s just that Parker prefers to live a silent and content life far from the buzz.

    Not only at present but she avoided the spotlight and big celebrities parties in the past as well. Parker and her popular actor spouse, both had a preference for simple living.

    Dolphia Parker’s Parents and Upbringing

    She was born Dolphia Lee Parker on a ranch in Oklahoma. While her exact birth detail is yet to divulge in the media, she is believed to have been born in the year 1932.

    Her parents Verner Vilas Parker and Gladys Violet Akers used to raise quarter horses where she spent most part of her childhood. She grew up together with her five siblings Elaine N., Marilyn, Shirley I. Parker, Janis D. Parker, and Pearle D.

    Further, as for education, she attended Sull Russ State University.

    Her Family Background

    Her paternal grandparents were Pearlie Parker and Mary Emily Barett. They had four children altogether, a son Bruce Logan Parker and Dolphia’s father Verner. Further, the couple was the parents of two daughters named Austa Inez and Mary Marvine.

    Likewise, Dolphia’s maternal grandparents were Charles Akers and Cleo A. Earl. They had only one daughter Gladys, Dolphia’s mom.

    Dolphia Parker Worked In Theatre; Was She An Actor Like Her Husband?

    As per reports, Dolphia worked as an actress in a couple of plays so far, among which one is reported to be Fumed Oak. Also, back in her youthful days, she has been a part of the stage crew for a couple of theatrical programs including the play “Arsenic and Lace“.

    On the other hand, her late spouse Dan was an accomplished actor who rose to fame for playing the character Hoss Cartwright in the long-running TV series Bonanza. Begin acting in 1956, he kept entertaining his audience till his death in 1972.

    During his extensive acting career, he acted in several movies and series such as The Girls in Black Stockings, Gunsight Ridge, The Rifleman, The Young Captives, Lady in Cement, and many more. Prior to that, Parker’s late spouse also served in the U.S. Army.

    Dolphia Parker And Dan Blocker’s Marriage; How Did They Meet?

    Parker and her now-late hubby Dan walked down the aisle on August 25, 1952, in a wedding ceremony held in Carlsbad, New Mexico. They got married two days after Dan returned from the Korean War. He served as an infantry sergeant in Korea from December 1951 to August 1952.

    Dolphia with her husband Dan
    Dolphia with her husband Dan

    Speaking of their first meeting, the couple came across each other while studying at Sul Ross State University. Shortly after, they started dating each other and their love was interrupted by war in between.

    But eventually, they tied the knot in 1952 and moved to Los Angeles together. Parker remained by her husband’s side until his unfortunate death in 1972. The duo lived together as a husband and wife for 20 years.

    Parker’s Spouse Dan Suddenly Died at 43  

    Just at the age of 43, her hubby Dan died at Daniel Freeman Hospital in Los Angeles. At the time, he had some issues in his gall bladder for which he underwent surgery. But, sadly, after the surgery, he developed a new disease Pulmonary embolism that led him to death.

    Regarding his passing, one of the news sources stated,

    “Blocker went into the hospital for gall bladder surgery, developed a blood clot in his lung, and died”.

    Parker’s Life After Her Hubby’s Death

    As per the information, Parker didn’t marry again after her husband died. During that time when her life partner passed away, she was not only left with grief but with the responsibility on her shoulder.

    She already had four children and as a mother, she took care of them instead of thinking for herself.

    She Is The Mother of Four Children 

    Together with her late hubby Dan, Dolphia has four children, two sons David Douglas Blocker, and Dennis Dirk Blocker. Further, she is a mother of twins daughter Debra Lee, and Danna Lynn Blocker.

    Dolphia Parker with her family
    Dolphia with her four children and husband. Source: Facebook

    Her twins are her first-born children who arrived in this world in 1953. As of now, they are 69 years old. She then gave birth to her first son David on May 4, 1955, which made him 68 years old in 2023. David is a film producer by profession and has been married to his wife Debra Dusay, an actress. The couple together has a daughter named Deena Blocker.

    In a similar manner, Parker’s youngest son Dirk, born on July 31, 1957, is an actor like his late father. The 65-year-old star kid is famous for his character Michael Hitchcock in the series Brooklyn Nine-Nine. He has been married to an actress Danielle Aubuchon since N

    Dolphia Parker’s Net Worth

    According to various online tabloids, Parker has a net worth of $2 million. And her late husband Dan Parker had an estimated fortune of $5 million at the time of his death.

    He undoubtedly earned a massive amount from his successful entertainment career.

    Quick Facts
    Full Name Dolphia Parker
    Popular Name Dolphia
    Birth Place Oklahoma
    Nationality American
    Ethnicity Caucasian
    Father Verner Vilas Parker
    Mother Gladys Violet Akers
    Siblings Elaine, Marilyn, Shirley. Parker, Janis D. Parker, and Pearle D
    Profession Actress
    Net Worth $2 million
    Height 5'3"
    Marital Status Widow
    Spouse Dan Blocker
    Children Two Daughters and Two Sons