Kent Brimhall Palmer, 91, of Taylor passed away on Wednesday, April 22, 2015, in Snowflake. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, May 1, in the Taylor LDS Stake Center, 309 W. Willow Lane, with a viewing preceding the service at 9 a.m. Interment will follow at the Reed Hatch Memorial Cemetery in Taylor.
He was born in Colonia, Juarez, Mexico, on Sept. 9, 1923. When he was approximately 2 years old, he moved from Mexico with his parents back to Arizona.
Kent’s childhood was somewhat lackadaisical, as the Great Depression was in full swing. His oldest sister, Dorcie, was his second or third grade teacher. His duties as a youth were riding the center horse of a three-horse grain binder. He enjoyed sports in grade school and high school. He boxed on the Snowflake High School team, played basketball, pole vaulted, and played football and baseball. He also enjoyed performing in some of the school plays.
At the age of 17 school became a bore, so he went to seek his fortune as a truck driver. Later he was employed on the Castle Dome Mining Project in Miami, Ariz., as a cement finisher’s helper.
Shortly after, he was drafted into the Army, and sent to Abilene, Texas, and Camp Barkley Medical Replacement Training Center. When basic training was over, he was assigned to the 80th Infantry Division as a medic in the 305th Medical Battalion as an assistant driver on an ambulance. His entire division was aboard the Queen Mary in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean on July 3, 1944. The Army convoy made its way to Southampton across the channel to the Normandy Peninsula, and said hello to Omaha Beach and World War II. The 80th Division was now a part of the 3rd Army under General Patton. He received the Bronze Star in Luxembourg and received an honorable discharge on Jan. 1, 1946.
Kent married Susie Isabell DeWitt on March 8, 1944, during a short nine-day leave prior to leaving for Europe. When he returned home from the war they moved to Taylor for a short time and then to Davenport, Iowa, where he entered chiropractic school.
He loved this country, his wife of more than 71 years and his family. He loved hunting, fishing and camping. He wrote the most beautiful and heartfelt poetry, and was asked many times to speak and share his work. He knew how to cook, keep house and was a helpmate for his wife. He was her caregiver for many years. He has left a great legacy for his family, as he was an example to each of us.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Susie Isabell DeWitt Palmer; and is survived by his children, Dorcie (Bob) Greco of Overgaard, and his four sons, Terril (Deann) of Safford, Gary (Kayrene) of Heber, Bruce (Laurie) of Taylor and Ron of Winslow; 23 grandchildren; and 72 great-grandchildren.
Silver Creek Mortuary of Taylor was in charge of the arrangements.