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Dan Mathew Palmer (1941-2018) Obituary

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Dan Mathew Palmer (1941-2018) Obituary

Posted: 1518299528000
Classification: Obituary
Surnames: Palmer, Paskins, Craner, Chandler
Idaho State Journal, 02/07/18

Dan Mathew Palmer, 76, passed away at home on February 3, 2018.
He was born at home in Preston, Idaho on November 15, 1941, to Elmer Smith and Violetter Paskins Palmer. He grew up working on the family dairy farm with his sister Pauline and brothers, Lavar, Hal, John, and Joel. He graduated from Preston High School in 1960. Soon after, he served a mission for the LDS church in the Central Atlantic States.
On July 2, 1965, Dan and Carolyn Craner married in the Logan Temple. Together they had nine children: Jennifer, Amy, Jeff, Kristin, Mat, Travis, Katie, Mandy, and Shawn.
After graduating from ISU, Dan began a 32 year career of teaching and coaching at Hawthorne Jr. High. He taught Geography and History and coached football, track and wrestling.
In 1975 the family moved from Pocatello to the beautiful mountains of Inkom where they raised their children in a wonderful community.
In 2002, Dan and Carolyn were divorced and Dan moved to Pocatello and began working at Wal Mart. It was there he met his sweetheart, Lila Chandler. They were sealed in the Idaho Falls temple on April 10, 2010. She brought light and joy to his life, and they had almost eight years together. Lila loved how kind and respectful he was to her and to everyone. Between the two, they boast 15 children, their spouses, 69 grandchildren, and almost 17 great-grandchildren.
Dan loved sports, poetry, reading, taking scenic drives, home cooking and canning, singing and beautiful music, and telling a good story.
He is survived by his dear wife, Lila Chandler Palmer; and his nine children.
Viewings will be held on Thursday, February 8, 2018 from 6- 8 pm at the LDS Chapel, 550 W. Cedar St., Pocatello and from 10-11 am on Friday, February 9, 2018 with funeral services following starting at 11 am.
Burial will be in the Preston Cemetery.
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Published in Idaho State Journal on Feb. 7, 2018

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