Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

February 21, 2019
James Raymond (Ray) Palmer

Obit James Raymond (Ray) Palmer 1April 11, 1924  – Feb. 20, 2019

Obit James Raymond (Ray) Palmer 2Ray was born in Declo, Idaho, to Will and Virgie (Talbot) Palmer, the fifth of eight children. 

He married his high school sweetheart Micki McWilliams March 5, 1942, later solemnized in the Logan, Utah, LDS Temple. Micki passed away in 1994 after 52 years of marriage. They are survived by three children: Jim Palmer and Connie (Richard) Wills, Glenns Ferry, Idaho; Patti (Gary) Fuhriman, Grantsville, Utah; 12 grandchildren and numerous great- and great-great-grandchildren.

Ray served in World War II and Korea, remaining a Marine at heart for the rest of his life. He was a telegrapher for Union Pacific Railroad for over 40 years. Ray was a builder and loved working with wood, sharing his many talents with family and friends. He served two LDS missions in Kirtland, Ohio, helping to restore historic church properties. Throughout Ray’s life he loved horses, sharing his skills as a volunteer for Zion’s National Park. Later in life, he enjoyed many years with his second wife, Ella Talbot, of St. George, Utah. Ray was truly a builder among men leaving a lasting legacy for those who knew him.

Funeral arrangements in the care of Jenkins-Soffe Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donating to your favorite charity. 

A special thanks to Rocky Mountain Care – Willow Springs for their tender mercies in serving Ray and his family during his time with them.

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