Kenneth Vee Palmer, age 80, passed away on February 11, 2017 at Kane County Hospital in Kanab, Utah after a long battle with Pulmonary Fibrosis.
Vee was born in Blanding, UT to Oren Kenneth and Marba Helquist Palmer on May 22, 1936. He graduated from San Juan High School in 1954 where he was a good student and very active in sports and other activities. He also completed the program at the Utah Police Academy (POST).
Vee stayed busy throughout his life because he loved to work. His occupations included truck driver, deputy sheriff, and heavy equipment operator. His passion was operating heavy equipment doing earth moving, and one employer identified him as “an earth-moving artist”.
Vee loved the outdoors where he enjoyed working, hunting and camping. Just six months after having six bypass heart surgery in 2011, Vee took his biggest trophy, a six-point bull elk he shot on the Paunsaugunt with his .270 rifle he purchased as a 16-year-old.
Survivors include his wife of 50 years Peggy Bayles Palmer; son Kevin and Melinda with their children Austin, Whitney and Kenzie; son Brian and Melanie with their children Scott, Dalton, Grant, Mary and a baby boy due in June; and Dean, Debbie, Gail and Dianna Peterson; siblings LaRae Bradford, Melba Gilliland, and Sterling and Kathy Palmer.
He is preceded in death by his parents Ken and Marba Palmer, sister Clyda and Floyd Bleak, brother Bruce Palmer, brother-in-law Kay Bradford, brother-in-law Eddie Gilliland, and daughter Sharry.
Services were held February 18, 2017 in Blanding, with a graveside in the Blanding, UT Cemetery.
Arrangements were made with Mosdell Mortuary of Kanab.