Joseph Oleen Palmer, our beloved husband, father, brother and grandfather, died January 25, 1994. He was 81.
He was the first child of Joseph and Ethel Grover Palmer, born in Brigham City, November 9, 1912. He lived on a farm in Park Valley until he came to Ogden High School. He graduated from Box Elder High School. He graduated from USAC in Logan in 1939, where he was elected a member of Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society. He taught elementary school and was principal of the Perry School for six years. He also taught at Box Elder High School for four years.He married Velda Young on June 18, 1936, in the Salt Lake LDS Temple.
He was a member of the LDS Church. He lived in the 5th Ward for 20 years where he served as a teacher and president of the Sunday School and Young Men's MIA, as bishop's counselor and as bishop for four years. He also served in the South Box Elder Stake Presidency for eight years. After moving to the 1st Ward, he served as a teacher, president of the Sunday School and High Priest Quorum and as a home teacher. He loved to teach church classes. He and his wife served five years as ordinance workers in the Ogden Temple.
Oleen received the Silver Beaver Scouting Award in 1958.
He and his wife celebrated their golden wedding with a party for friends and relatives in June 1986.
Oleen helped organize and was director of Intermountain Retail Jeweler's Association of America for 12 years. He attended yearly conventions. He owned a jewelry store in Brigham City, in Rupert, Idaho and one in Tremonton with his brother. He also had a watch repair shop at Hill Field.
He had been active in civic affairs, president of the Merchants Committee, member of the Chamber of Commerce and Jr. Chamber of Commerce, member of the Lions Club, Sons of the Utah Pioneers, and president of the Box Elder Jr. High School PTA.
He enjoyed his garden, visiting with friends, especially the members of his family and his church callings.
He is survived by his wife; two sons and four daughters: Joel Oleen (Linda Lee) Palmer of Denver, Colo.; LeRoy (Alene) Palmer of Boise, Idaho; Mrs. Roi (Cheryl) Stone of Bountiful; Mrs. Ron (Linda) Mortensen, Elwood, Utah; Mrs. Gary (Rita) Smith, Laie, Hawaii; and Mrs. Larry (Jeannette) Benson, Cedar City; 29 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.
Also surviving are two brothers and two sisters, Durward G. Palmer, Logan; Evan Mack Palmer, Pleasant Grove; Mrs. Howard (Grace) Rasmussen, Orem; and Mrs. Clovis (Amy Lou) Jordan, Brigham City. He was preceded in death by a brother, Stanley Reed Palmer.
Funeral services will be conducted Saturday, January 29, 1994 at 1 p.m., in the 1st-9th Ward Chapel, 236 East 100 South, Brigham City. Friends may call at the Petersen Funeral Chapel, 634 East 200 South, Friday evening 6 to 8 p.m. and Saturday prior to the services from 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. at the ward chapel.
Burial, Brigham City Cemetery.
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