In 1997, after living in Hawaii and raising a family for 21 years, Deb Parsley moved to the desert. She took a job as the marketing manager for Del Webb in Las Vegas where she spent the next ten years handling the marketing for well-known properties such as Sun City, Summerlin, McDonald Ranch, Anthem, and Aliante.
Deb met her husband, Joe Parsley in 2003 at Sun City Aliante. They were married in 2005, and both fell in love with Mesquite in between. Deb missed the ocean and loves to swim, and she and Joe came to Mesquite at least twice a month to stay at the CasaBlanca just to enjoy their elaborate pool. She knew that someday she would end up living in Mesquite; it was just a matter of time.
With that in mind, Deb joined the Mesquite Chamber of Commerce in 2005 and began attending Chamber functions and getting to know the people of Mesquite. She remembers playing in the Chamber of Commerce golf tournament in 2005, and when looking back at pictures, finds it funny that some of the people in the pictures are people she knows very well now but didn’t at the time.
In 2007, when the powers-that-be at Pulte Homes/Del Webb asked if anyone wanted to transfer to the newly-forming Sun City, Mesquite to sell houses, Deb was the first to raise her hand. “I think I jumped out of the chair and yelled, ‘Hell, yeah!’”
Upon moving to Mesquite, Deb immediately became even more active in the Mesquite community. She was on the board of the Chamber of Commerce in 2008 and 2009, and was elected president and served her term in 2009. She volunteered as a board member for Healthy Woman, a monthly speaker presentation put on by the hospital for the women of Mesquite. Deb also participated in the Chamber’s Leadership Mesquite program in 2008 and went on to lead the class of 2009.
Deb and Joe enjoyed their time living, working, and volunteering in Mesquite until February 2016 when Joe, unfortunately, became ill and passed away.
Following Joe’s death, Deb continues to spend much of her time volunteering and donating her time to many causes in Mesquite. She enjoys giving back to a community that had given so much to her before her husband passed away, and gives even more of her time now because of all the people that helped her get through that period in her life. Joe’s illness was cancer and he sat on the board of the Mesquite Cancer Help Society. Deb took over for him when he was no longer able, and served on the board for two years.
Currently Deb is the President of Mesquite’s Sunrise Rotary Club which, among many other things, raises money to provide scholarships, as well as youth and teen leadership camp admissions for local kids, and together with the Eureka Casino Resort, hosts Mesquite Reads whose initiative is to ensure that Mesquite’s students can read at their grade level by grade three. In addition, she is on the board of Mesquite Senior Games and the Kids for Sports board, a program started by Wolf Creek Golf Club to help Mesquite parents purchase sports gear which in turn, helps Mesquite kids get into and stay in sports.
In 2014, Deb purchased the Desert Oasis Spa & Salon because she “didn’t want to see another business close.” It was kind of a crazy reason, but the spa continues to remain open and is thriving now, offering massage, body care, hair services, manicures, pedicures, waxing, facials, and more. For more information on the Desert Oasis Spa & Salon, please visit: www.adesertoasisspa.com.
Deb sold homes for Pulte/Del Webb at Sun City Mesquite until 2014 when she left to first work with the Quality 1 Realty Group,
and then be part of the opening team for Keller Williams Realty. She and the other Keller Williams associates take time to give back to the community as well, most recently donating the money and prizes for Highland Manor’s residents to play bingo.
Deb is very close to her three grown children and six grandchildren. Number six, a baby boy, is the newest member of the family. She is fortunate enough to be able to frequently spend time with them.
Deb Parsley has loved Mesquite and has been involved with this community since she discovered it and fell in love with it over thirteen years ago. In as many years, Deb has spent time giving back to the community that she loves as much as she can, and will continue to do so for many years to come.
We here at View On Magazine salute Deb for all of her hard work and tireless commitment to serving our community.