Obituary for Nov. 13, 2013

By Baker City Herald November 13, 2013 09:41 am

Orin Palmer

John Day

Orin Francis Palmer, 83, of John Day, died Nov. 8, 2013, from complications of cancer, at his home surrounded by his family.

His memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 30, at Driskill Memorial Chapel, 241 S. Canyon Blvd., in John Day.

Survivors include his wife and sweetheart of 60 years, Betty Irene Edwards Palmer; his brother, Jack Palmer; sons, Jerry L. Palmer and his wife, Phyllis, David L. Palmer and Joseph O. Palmer and his wife, Marion; seven grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. 

He was preceded in death by his son, Randall William Palmer; and David’s wife, Denise Palmer.

Mr. Palmer was born at Ucon, Idaho, to Edmund Lawrence and Effie L. Minchey Palmer. He moved with his family to Vale when he was 5 years old, where he grew up and graduated from high school.

In his early years, Mr. Palmer worked with his father on their family ranches. After high school he joined the U.S. Air Force.

He served four years, including deployment to Korea during the Korean War as an air traffic controller achieving the rank of sergeant.

Mr. Palmer met his sweetheart of 60 years, Betty, at Unity. They were married on Dec. 19,1953. 

He then started his career with the U.S. Forest Service. He decided to attend Oregon State University at Corvallis, graduating magna cum laude in 1962 with a bachelor’s degree in forestry. 

He worked with the Forest Service for 35 years, serving at Corvallis, La Grande, and Chiloquin. He was district ranger at Butte Falls  and timber staff officer at Prineville. 

He was assigned as the safety officer on many large forest fires in Oregon and Washington during his career. He retired as timber staff officer at the Malheur National Forest Supervisor’s Office in John Day in 1986.

After retiring from the Forest Service, Mr. Palmer had the opportunity to join the Denny Dahl Realty Co. as a Realtor in John Day. He also ran his own private timber management company for several years.

After moving to John Day in 1979, Mr. Palmer and his wife became very active members of the John Day Golf Club. They played golf every day and were very involved in improving the golf course. They enjoyed playing in, as well as helping host the many golf tournaments held there.

He was a skilled golfer, avid hunter and fly fisherman. He truly relished the friends he made during his lifetime.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society through Driskill Memorial Chapel, 241 S. Canyon Blvd., John Day, OR 97845.