October 27, 2004
Palmer, formerly of Ninilchik, was elected to the state Senate in 1966 and served until 1974 when he was appointed special projects coordinator for Gov. Jay Hammond promoting the Delta Barley Project and commercial grain farming in Alaska.
He also served as an Alaska delegate to the International Law of the Sea Conference in 1973. In 1985 Palmer became head of the Peace Corps in Tanzania where he worked to promote hatcheries and grain farming, while supervising 48 volunteers.
Born in Hutchinson, Kansas in 1926, Palmer came to Alaska in 1948 and homesteaded close to Ninilchik, on the Kenai Peninsula. He worked as a farmer, commercial fisherman, aircraft engineer and science teacher.
Palmer is survived by his wife, Virginia, seven children and two stepchildren. A memorial service is planned for 4 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 7, at Northern Light United Church in Juneau.
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