Golden High School Class of ’63

By Paulette Palmer


Kenneth Charles Palmer, age 68, died at Banner Hospice in Sun City West, Arizona, on Thursday, June 12, 2014 of complications related to ALS, with family members at his side.

Ken was born to the late Fay and Doris Palmer, July 15, 1945, in Denver, Colorado.  Ken grew up in Golden, Colorado and lived in the Denver Metro area for most of his life. He graduated from Golden High School in 1963, and attended Western State College in Gunnison, Colorado. In 2010, he moved to Big Timber, Montana, where he spent 3 years living and loving the hunting, fishing and outdoors of that great state. In 2013, he relocated to the retirement community of Sun City West, Arizona.

In 1968, Ken started his career with U.S. Geological Survey in Lakewood, Colorado, as a cartographic tech, and later became an active member of the Business Partner Group until his retirement in 2001. Following retirement, Ken spent a few years managing his own mapping company. Once in Arizona, Ken went through the training to become a member of the Maricopa County Sheriffs Volunteer Posse (a crime prevention service organization designed to protect and assist residents of Sun City West).

Ken and his wife Paulette were also active volunteer members of the Sun City West PRIDE Organization (neighbors and fellow residents dedicated to keeping the community clean and beautiful). In addition to his love for community service, hunting, and fishing, Ken also enjoyed golf and loved to cook (with a Martini at his side). Ken had an amazing sense of humor, loved to mess with people and could make anyone smile with his rendition of "Happy Birthday".  His quick wit could turn any day into a good one.

Ken is survived by his wife Paulette, brother Gary (Nancy) Palmer, three children: Monica (Jeff Smith) of Colorado; Michael (Kristi) Palmer of Colorado; Sascha Palmer of Colorado; and one step-son Shawn (Jessica) Dickman of New Mexico. He is also survived by grandchildren: Jonah and Molly Smith; Macy and Kinsley Palmer; Brody, Cort and Ella Dickman; numerous nieces and nephews and his beloved dog, Sam.

"Celebration of Life" ceremonies are in the planning stages. One will be held in late July in Golden, Colorado, and another in Sun City West in late January.  Dates, times and places will be provided when plans are finalized.

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that memorial donations be made in memory of Kenneth Palmer, at any of the following:

ALS Association

360 E Coronado Rd, Suite 140

Phoenix, AZ  85004

Banner Hospice

275 E Germann Rd, Suite 110

Gilbert, AZ  85279

Sun City West Posse

20450 Stardust Blvd

Sun City West, AZ  85375




From Paulette Palmer, regarding a Celebration of Life event for Ken Palmer:

The Arizona Celebration of Ken's Life and dedication of his patio will be held Saturday, February 7th, beginning at 5:10 p.m. in Sun City West.  Please join us for drinks, appetizers and some special "moments" as we remember Ken in a fashion he would have planned for himself.  For our planning purposes, an RSVP is requested so we have plenty of food and drink.  Please email Paulette  at for the address and to let us know the number of people attending.

For those of you traveling and looking for a place to stay, the Days Inn & Suites at 12477 W Bell Road, Surprise AZ, is just outside the Sun City West entrance, has great rates, a pool, and clean rooms.  Book online or call : 1-800-225-3297.


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