Phil Palmer was born in Moab, UT on July 25, 1932 to George and Ann Palmer. He grew up in Monticello, graduating from Monticello High School in 1950.
He attended BYU for a short time, then was inducted into the Army, spending two years at Fort Ord, CA. He attained the rank of Sgt. before being discharged.
Phil attended college in Arizona before transferring to the University of Utah, where he met his future wife, Caroline Comer. They were married in September of 1956.
He continued his education, graduating from the University of Utah Law School. After graduation, they moved to Monticello where Phil was City Manager and City Judge.
In 1968, his son, Rhett, died in a tragic accident. His father, George, died three weeks later.
Shortly after, they moved back to Salt Lake City, where he worked in the City Attorney’s office until being appointed as a District Judge. He retired in 1997.
Phil died on June 25, 2016 after a six year battle with Parkinson’s disease.
He is survived by his wife, Caroline; children, Valerie, Karen, Michele, William and Kathleen; 14 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and his sister, Nancy Cahoon.
Funeral services were held Thursday, June 30, 2016. Interment was at Sunset Lawn Cemetery beside his son, Rhett, in Salt Lake City.
Phil will be greatly missed by everyone who knew him.