Parker William Palmer
June 20, 1990 ~ July 1, 2020
Parker William Palmer was born on June 20, 1990 in Monticello. He was the first child born to Hal and Kammy Palmer. He was also the first grandson to both sides of the family.
Parker was a lifelong resident of Blanding; he loved San Juan County and spent as much time as he possibly could exploring the mountains, the desert, the canyons, and the mesas of this special place.
Parker’s first word spoken was “Happy,” a motto he lived by his entire life. He had an infectious smile and the most beautiful eyes and eyelashes. Parker easily made friends with anyone because he loved everyone.
Parker didn’t waste his time and he developed his talents. He learned to love scouting and the skills that were taught. He loved to draw and carve. He also became one of the best flint knappers around, a skill he shared with hundreds of people.
In high school he participated in many activities including band, cross country, and jewelry and was the Visual Arts Sterling Scholar candidate. He graduated from San Juan High School in 2008.
He was also musically talented and could play the piano, trumpet, and guitar. His mother bought him a guitar when he was a teenager, and it was one of the best investments she ever made.
Parker taught himself how to play that guitar and started writing his own music. He never stopped developing this talent. Family and friends loved to listen to him play.
Parker became an avid hunter, trapper, and fisherman. He was especially enthusiastic about shed hunting and became one of the very best at this sport.
He so enjoyed getting out in the hills and the thrill of the chance to find that big antler and the challenge to match it up. He loved to show and tell anyone about his latest find.
Parker loved to work. He learned from the best and was able to apply his talents in everything he did. He helped build and remodel homes and learned how to lay carpet and other flooring. He most enjoyed doing tile work.
He also enjoyed working with cattle and loved being a cowboy.
Two weeks before his death, he had started a new job at San Juan Counseling and was excited to work with people and help them to overcome some of the same challenges that he was able to overcome in his life.
On November 1, 2014, Parker married the love of his life, McKenzii Redd. Together they have three of the most adorable and precious boys, William, Payden, and Trinity.
Parker so loved his family. He didn’t waste a moment and took the boys with him everywhere. It wasn’t uncommon to see him hiking with one boy strapped on front and another one on his back.
Parker and Kenzii embraced the gospel of Jesus Christ and on November 1, 2019, Parker and Kenzii renewed their wedding vows and were sealed together with their young family in the Mt. Timpanogos Temple.
Parker is survived by his wife McKenzii; his sons William, Payden, and Trinity; his parents Hal and Kammy Palmer; sister Heather Lyman (Cortlan); brothers Lane Palmer (Alicia), Luke Palmer, and Lyle Palmer; grandparents Sam and MaryAnn Pugh and Lawana Palmer.
He is preceded in death by his grandfather, Philip Palmer.
Card of thanks
The family of Parker William Palmer would like to express our sincere gratitude to the community and the countless family and friends for the enormous amount of love, compassion, kind acts of service, contributions, prayers and support through this devastating and difficult time. There is no way to express our deepest appreciation to each and every one.
Also, thank you to our emergency responders for their selfless service. May the Lord bless you all for the charity that you have given.