Parke Wilson Meek, a furniture maker and co-owner of Jadis, a shop offering unusual props on Main Street in Santa Monica, died Monday, January 4th. He was 86.
For over 30 years, Meek operated Jadis, a store filled with examples of both design and theatrical rarities. His collection of technologies and props has appeared in hundreds of films, television projects, plays, commercials and live performances, his friend Mel Bloch said.
Meek was born January 1st, 1924 in Indiana. At 18, he fought at Guadalcanal during World War II with the U.S. Marines 1st Division.
Meek later worked with designers Ray and Charles Eames in the Eames Office, Frank Lloyd Wright and Buckminster Fuller, as well as number of other designers and architects, Bloch said.
“He was the ‘go-to’ guy for any unsolvable problem in any design project,” Bloch said. “Parke had a love and understanding of design and physics which were only surpassed by his love for, and knowledge of, people.”
Meek is survived by his beloved partner Susan Lieberman; his son Cole Meek; daughter-in-law Debbie; grandsons Tyler and Dylan; cousins Casey, Jeff, Clarke and William Parke Gettinger; hundreds of Meek family members from California to Rhode Island, and many friends.