A tribute from his children
The world lost an amazing, quiet giant on September 28, 2015 due to a short battle with lung cancer. He passed peacefully at home with little suffering, surrounded by loved ones.
Curtis Albert Palmer was born to Benjamin Albert and Wanda Palmer in Moab, UT in 1935. His father passed away two years later after giving Dad one brother. His mother remarried Wilbur Laws and they had eight more children.
He married Barbara Anne Lyman on June 29, 1954, and they had six children together. They were later divorced. While living in Oklahoma, he married our wonderful second mother, Janee Pritchard Davis, on July 7, 1981, bringing two more sons to our family.
Dad graduated from San Juan High School in 1953 and later worked in construction, building bridges all across Utah while living in Springville, Moab and Cannonville. He returned to Blanding to work in the sawmill to give his family a long-term home.
He has worked as a uranium miner, a bulldozer operator, driller and in the uranium mill in Monticello.
For many years, he and his good friend, Al Pritchard, operated Al’s Repair in Blanding where he worked as a mechanic. He also maintained the generators at Halls Crossing, so we spent a great deal of time at Lake Powell.
His last career was as a mechanic and welder for drilling exploration companies while living in Kanab, Escalante, and Mexican Hat as well as time in Oklahoma, New Mexico, and Arizona.
Instead of retiring, dad worked a variety of jobs to supplement his income, including working at Shirttail and as the Irrigation Company Water Master.
Along with working, he eagerly volunteered as a fireman and spent many years as Blanding’s fire chief as well as serving on the Search and Rescue team of San Juan County.
He also spent a lot of time volunteering for his church, including building, maintaining and doing anything else that was needed.
Dad taught us all the value of hard work and taking care of our families. He loved his family dearly and spent countless hours helping his mother and anyone else in in the family that needed help.
He could fix and weld anything and was willing to drop anything to help anyone out. He earned his pilot’s license and loved to fly.
His hobbies included hunting, boating, camping, taking photos and videos, hiking to Anasazi ruins and most of all, riding his four-wheeler. He was able to take his last ride with his good friends Ferd Johnson, Sharon Smith and others last Saturday.
He is survived by his loving wife, Janee; his children Tim (Karen) Palmer of Price, UT; Vaughn (Lillia) Palmer of Lyman, WY; Ray (Kathy) Palmer of Lindon, UT; Sylvia (Lloyd) Nielson of Blanding, UT; Brad (Fawn) Palmer of Lindon, UT; Carol Norte of Englewood, CO; Rick (Debbie) Davis of Moab, UT; and Mike Davis of Blanding, UT; as well as 30 grandchildren and 46 great-grandchildren.
He is also survived by his six brothers and sisters, Melvin (Leila) Laws, Rhetta Hall, Carolyn (Bill) Castagno, Lynn (Lorraine) Laws, Jean (Mike) Perhson, and Kelly (Terri) Laws.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Benjamin Palmer and Wanda and Wilbur Laws, along with his brother Jim Palmer and sisters Kay Snapp and Sandra Jackson.
A celebration of his life was held at the Blanding, UT LDS Stake Center on Saturday, October 3, 2015. Interment was in the Blanding City Cemetery. There was a special memorial procession of ATVs to the cemetery with Dad in the lead one last time.
Card of thanks
We want to thank all the amazing people of Blanding and Monticello for the many kind deeds that have been done for Dad and Janee in the final weeks of his life.
We are thankful to Ferd Johnson and Sharon Smith and whoever else was involved for giving Dad a chance to have his final ATV ride before he passed, and to all those that helped with his Final ATV ride to his final resting place.
We are thankful to Blanding Third Ward and Bishop Boyd Laws for all they did for us, and especially for the meal provided by the Third Ward Relief Society for the enormous crowd of family and friends.
And we are grateful to Pastor Mike Wilcox and all of his congregation for all that they have done and continue to do for Janee and her family and participation in the funeral.
It is impossible to even start to name names for all the love and kind deeds that our whole family have been recipients of in the past week. But a final thank you to so many family members and friends that made sacrifices to come to Blanding to be here to honor our amazing dad; so many long miles traveled, so much expense, and patience and love shared among everybody in our lives.
Tim and Karen Palmer
Vaughn and Lillia Palmer
Ray and Kathy Palmer
Lloyd and Sylvia Nielson
Brad and Fawn Palmer
Carol Palmer Norte
Rick and Debbie Davis