John A. Palmer died unexpectedly on August 29, 2013, after a brief illness. Born in St. Paul, Minnesota, in 1924, he grew up there until 1938, when he moved with his family to Lake City and then on to Marion, Iowa. He was senior class president at Marion High School, played saxophone in the band and orchestra all through junior high and high school and organized his own band to play popular music. John attended Ames College until deciding to attend electronics trade school. As an Electronics Technician and repairman, he traveled the world for an aerospace firm in the days before modern computers. After retirement he lived in San Jose, Calif., and took up residence in Crescent City in 1997.

He was a friendly man with a quick sense of humor and a generous spirit who made friends easily. He was preceded in death by his parents, Aileen and Robert Palmer. He is survived by his sister, Mary Mills; brother Bob Palmer and his wife, Norma Palmer; and brother George Palmer and his wife, Nancy Palmer; and numerous nieces and nephews, great-nieces and nephews, and great-great-nieces and nephews.

Visitation was held Tuesday, September 3, 2013, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. with a Rosary offered at 7 p.m., all at Wier's Mortuary Chapel, Crescent City. Funeral Mass was Wednesday, September 4, 2013, 11 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Crescent City. Interment followed at the St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery, Crescent City.

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Arrangements are under the direction of Wier's Mortuary Chapel.