The rafting and boating world lost a legend this week with the passing of Bill Parks, the founder of Northwest River Supplies, which you’re probably more familiar with as “NRS”. Bill founded the company in 1972 in Moscow, Idaho working out of his garage in the earliest days of the company. In 2014, Bill took the radical step to set the company up as 100% employee-owned, and those very employees are the ones who will carry on Bill’s legacy serving the outdoor community.

Sadly, Bill passed away from natural causes on March 5th, surrounded by family.

Our thoughts are with the Parks’ and NRS families.

You can read more about Bill’s incredible impact on the outdoor industry in this press release from NRS.


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