Orin Earl Palmer, 79, of San Diego, CA passed away peacefully on May 18.
Orin was born on February 23, 1940 to Lawrence Earl and Myrna May Palmer in Utah. After graduating from Jordan High School in 1958, he went on to serve in the US Navy. He had a successful 21 year career in the military, reaching the rank of Chief Petty Officer, before retiring in 1982. He then went on to work for the Sweetwater Union High School District until his final retirement.
Orin was an avid admirer of trains, collecting countless models, going so far as to craft many train dioramas. He attended model railroad conventions and visited museums to see all types of trains. He also adored the fantasy genre: books, movies, and in particular dragons. He devoured anything to do with history, reading and watching any documentary or shows on Nat Geo or History Channel. Orin will always be remembered for his kind, selfless, and giving nature. He was a committed husband, devoted father, adoring grandfather and great grandfather.
Orin was preceded in death by his loving wife, Joan Bancroft, his parents, Lawrence and Myrna Palmer, and his Brother David Palmer.
Orin is survived by his children Wade (Shelley) Palmer, Lonise (James) Black, Ardath Swaney , Tana (Thomas) Jolley, his grandchildren Lindsay (Mikhail), Ashley, Mitchell (Johnna), Robert, Matthew (Britney), Jamie, Orin, Cheyenne, Aedan, Madison, Isabella, Sasha, Tristan, his great grandchildren Elias and Johnny, his siblings Brent (Charlotte) Palmer, Mark (Constance) Palmer, Larry (ReNae) Palmer, Connie (Dean) Monroe, as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
A celebration of life will be held at the home of Wade and Shelley Palmer, Saturday, June 22 at 3pm.