Gillies Funeral Chapel


James Townsend Palmer Jr.

September 27, 1930 ~ June 29, 2016

Viewings: Wednesday, July 6, 2016 from 6-8 p.m. at the Bear River 1st ward building, 5870 North 4700 West at 11:00 a.m. and again on Thursday from 10-10:40 a.m.

Funeral service: Thursday, July 7, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. in the Bear River 1st ward building, 5870 North 4700 West

Interment: Bear River Cemetery


Tremonton- Jim requested that his obituary read, “I died”. The family wishes to say the following: Our loving husband, father, grandpa, great grandpa, great-great grandpa, uncle and friend, James Townsend Palmer Jr., passed away peacefully at his home on June 29, 2016. Jim was born on September 27, 1930 to James Townsend Palmer (Tom) and Ethel Hatch in Salt Lake City, Utah. Jim graduated from Bear River High School in 1949. After Jim was married to Ruth Price in 1951, he was drafted into the United States Army. He was stationed in Alaska, serving during the Korean Conflict. They were later divorced. Jim was a farmer and ranch hand in Nevada, Oregon and Idaho. Later he returned home to Tremonton, Utah and worked for Thiokol for many years. During this time he married Elaine Madsen in 1974. They were later solemnized in the Ogden temple. Jim loved shoeing horses, breaking horses, 4-H showing steers and horses, competing in rodeos and cutter racing. He loved the life of ranching. In his heart he was always a cowboy. Jim was active in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Jim is preceded in death by his daughter, Donna Palmer; parents; brother Ned; sister Ann Hansen; granddaughter Mary Palmer. Jim is survived by his wife, Elaine Madsen Palmer, 9 children: Ted James (Ann), Weston, Id, Carolyn, West Haven, UT, David Townsend, Hong Kong, Janice, Ogden, UT, Margaret (Dwayne) Davies, Duchesne, UT, Rob, Lake Havasu, AZ, Steven Paul Chip, Pocatello, ID, Chad Aaron (Julie), Bear River UT, Victoria Lynne, MI, 34 grandchildren, 60 great grandchildren, 5 great-great grandchildren. A funeral service will be held on Thursday, July 7, 2016 in the Bear River 1st ward building, 5870 North 4700 West at 11:00 a.m. Viewings will be held on Wednesday, July 6, 2016 from 6-8 p.m. at the church and again on Thursday from 10-10:40 a.m. Interment will be in the Bear River Cemetery where military honors will be accorded by the Combined Veterans of Box Elder County. In lieu of flowers please make a donation to the Missionary Fund of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The family would like to thank the community of Bear River Valley, Integrity Home Health and Hospice and family and friends for the care of Jim at this time.

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Heaven sure got a wonderful cowboy! We have sure appreciated the friendship over the years, we send our prayers and blessings to all of you !

Rawlin and girls


I have spent many hrs and miles riding with Jim. The 40 plus years of knowing "Palmer " as we called him were always an adventure. Palmer always ride hard and brought them all in just as he lived his life. Always a pleasure never a harsh word no matter how bad it got. He will be missed.

Craig Holmgren


Dear Chad, Julie and family
I am so sorry for your loss, my love and prayers go out to you! Angels in front of me.Angels by my side Angels behind me. May you be comforted during this time of grieving.

Lowell and Jill Whitley


Elaine: My thoughts and prayers are of you and your family at this time at your loss of Jim. Remember him in love and comfort.

Rita Holtry


Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family , we love you guys .

Brad and Angie Jensen


Elaine, prayers and thoughts are with you and your family. May you have peace and comfort in your memories of Jim.

Verna Ashton



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