Oct 022013

Elwyn Gus Palmer, 94, entered into his eternal reward on Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013. Viewings will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 6, at Norvel Owens Mortuary, 914 E. Route 66 in Flagstaff, and from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 7, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Stake Center, 625 E. Cherry St. in Flagstaff. Funeral services will follow at 10 a.m., with interment concluding services in the Flagstaff Citizens Cemetery.
He was born in Taylor on March 23, 1919, to Arthur and Evaline Augusta Gibbons Palmer. He was the sixth child of 11 children. He lived in Taylor until his sophomore year of high school, when his family moved to Holbrook.
Gus married his high school sweetheart, Ruth Westover, on June 26, 1939. They began their life together in Winslow, where he worked for the railroad. In 1944 they moved to Flagstaff, where he had a dairy business, and later spent 20 years working at the Navajo Army Depot. In 2010, the Palmers moved to Thatcher, where the air was easier to breathe.
Gus Palmer’s life was a life of service. Throughout his life he has blessed others through his selfless acts of kindness and love. He was always one of the first to help put the roof on the home of someone in need; to visit those who needed a lift; or to help loved ones move across the country. He spent years of service working with branches and wards of the LDS church in Flagstaff and Cameron. He also spent years and years volunteering to help in the church athletic programs. After retirement, Gus and Ruth went on two missions for their church, one at the Oakland Temple Visitor’s Center, and the other in Nigeria. They also donated years of service in the LDS temples in Mesa, Snowflake and the Gila Valley.
Probably the greatest service that Gus provided in his life was for his family and extended family. He spent any spare time he had trying to lighten the loads of any who were in need. Because of his long life, he became a “life-line” for many of his nephews and nieces who had lost their parents. His caring heart was felt by all that he served. They loved him, and he loved them. His direct posterity now numbers over 200…all of whom have been served by him in a wide variety of ways.
Gus is the father of three sons, Robert (Mary), Tom (Gretna) and Mel (Adeline), and one daughter, Marena (Don) Hales.
If any would desire to do so, in lieu of flowers, donations could be made to the church’s general missionary fund.Palmer, Gus