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Donald Palmer



1936 – 2020 

Donald Stafford Palmer passed away peacefully at his home in Lehi, Utah on May 10, 2020, surrounded by family members. He was born to Elbert and Susie (Morkve) Palmer in Williston, North Dakota on October 6, 1936. 

The family moved to Lehi during his youth where he graduated from Lehi High School. He served in the United States Air Force for four years in Texas and Kansas. It is during this time that he married Helen DeAnn Walker. Together they had one son (Dale Elbert-deceased) and five daughters.

 After his military service was completed, he graduated from Utah State University and received a master’s degree from BYU. Don worked as an industrial arts teacher at Hillcrest Junior High and Murray High School before retiring. He ran a successful quilting frame company as the founder of Palmercraft in Lehi. 

Don was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served in many callings including Bishop, MTC Branch President, High Counselor, and Temple Worker. He and his wife, DeAnn, fulfilled multiple church service missions including a full-time mission in Ireland. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, golf, travel, flying, and BYU athletics. 

He is survived by his wife, DeAnn, daughters Deia (Burton), Debbie (Dean), Diane (Cardon), Dawna (Entwistle), and Danaca (Hadfield). Due to COVID-19 restrictions, a private family service will be held with interment at the Lehi City Cemetery. Condolences may be expressed to the family at

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