Philip Lawrence Palmer was born September 16, 1939 in Moab, UT. He was the sixth of eight children born to William Ervin and Klea Washburn Palmer.
He passed away surrounded by his family on July 28, 2015 in Salt Lake City, UT due to an acute illness.
Philip grew up in Blanding, UT, where his parents taught him at an early age to work hard and to love and serve his fellow man. He was a proud graduate and avid supporter of San Juan High School.
He was called to serve the people in the Brazilian South Mission and served from 1959 to 1962. After returning from his mission he met Lawana Pratt of Twin Falls, ID while attending school at Brigham Young University in 1962.
After their courtship and his hitchhiking to Twin Falls to meet the Pratt family, they were married in the Idaho Falls Temple the following June. Their marriage was blessed with eight children.
Philip graduated from BYU with a degree in civil engineering and worked for George S. Nelson Engineers where as a young engineer, the notable projects he worked on were the Provo City Center, The Marriott Center, and the Church Office Building.
He then worked for Call Engineering, where he transitioned to municipal development which prepared him to become the first city engineer for Sandy, UT in 1974, where he helped lay the groundwork for that city’s population explosion in the decades to come.
In 1978, he went before the Blanding City Council and proposed to them that he become Blanding city’s first city engineer. The council agreed and he moved his family to Blanding.
The City of Blanding’s infrastructure, both seen and unseen, has benefited from his hard work until the time of his retirement in 2004. He saw his job as an opportunity to serve his community, and the Utah City Engineers Association recognized him as Engineer of the Year in 1990.
Philip was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He was a dedicated home teacher, and served in the scouting program, in Sunday school, as a missionary, in the High Priests group, in the High Council, and as a member of the bishopric.
Philip and Lawana served a mission in Orlando Florida, and at the Monticello Temple. They recently traveled to Brazil to reunite with the people that Philip taught as a young missionary. They were overjoyed to meet three generations of the families he influenced by sharing the gospel.
Philip’s love for others was evident by the way that he involved himself in the community. He was a volunteer EMT, 4-H leader, and served as sexton at the Blanding City Cemetery for 20 years.
He truly loved his family, extended family, in-laws and friends. He was very patriotic, loved music, outdoors, traveling, sports, tilling with his tractor, the gospel, and spending time working with his brother, children and grandchildren at the ranch in Verdure.
Whether at home, in the community, or in his profession, Philip will be remembered as a peacemaker.
Philip is preceded in death by his parents, brothers Gordon, Max, Lyle, Don and sister Nadine Bayles.
He is survived by his brother Ellis (Mabel) Palmer, sister Nedra (Gordon) Hatch, sister in-law Patti Palmer Porter, wife Lawana, children Angela (Stan) Hurst, Hal (Kammy), Preston (MarDawn), Clint (Alicia), Troy (Kate), Boyd (Kristin), Virginia (David) Bretey, Becky, 37 grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, with two more expected this month.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, August 4 in Blanding. Interment will be at the Blanding City Cemetery.