Obit — James C. Palmer |

Obit — James C. Palmer

A liturgy of Christian burial will take place Dec. 13 for James C. Palmer, who died Dec. 8, 2002 at Barton Memorial Hospital, following a ski accident on Dec. 2. He was 72.

Mr. Palmer had been a resident of Zephyr Cove, Nev., for 45 years. He was born Jan. 25, 1930, at North Adams, Mass., to James and Mary (King) Palmer. He was educated in North Adams schools, including St. Joseph’s Parochial School, and graduated from Drury High School, North Adams with the class of 1950. From 1950 to 1954 he served with the United States Air Force as a radio technician. At the time of his death he was employed in surveillance at the Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort and Casino, Incline Village, Nev. From 1954 to the present he had a long and distinguished career in the casino industry. He started at the Boulder Club in Las Vegas, Nev., in 1954 and moved to Tahoe in 1957. He worked at Harrah’s Tahoe, Barney’s Club and nearly 20 years at Del Webb’s Sahara Tahoe before moving to the Hyatt. He was highly respected and loved by his colleagues and friends.

Mr. Palmer’s passion in life was Alpine skiing. His favorite mountains included Mount Greylock Thunderbolt, Mass.; Sun Valley, Idaho; and Heavenly Ski Resort, where he had a ski pass for 45 years. Most of anything he enjoyed skiing the firebreak with his children on a deep powder day. He was also an avid sportsman devoted to fishing, hunting and hiking. Tahoe was to him the most beautiful place in the world, where he was able to live in harmony and nature. He was a communicant of Our Lady of Tahoe in Zephyr Cove.

He is survived by his former wife, Cheryll (Meiger) Palmer; daughter and son-in-law, Shayla and Jon Malmaster; granddaughter, Emma Malmaster; many nieces and nephews; and goddaughter, Crystal Dennis. He was predeceased by his son, Sean Michael Palmer on Aug. 24, 1999, and sister, Mary C. Palmer on April 9, 1999.

Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. Dec. 12 at McFarlane Mortuary, 887 Emerald Bay Road. A liturgy of Christian burial will begin at 11 a.m. Dec. 13 at Our Lady of Tahoe Catholic Church with the Rev. Richard Demolen and the Rev. John Grace. A blessing and prayer service led by Pastor Beth Utto-Galarneau will follow at Happy Homestead Cemetery on Johnson Lane.

In lieu of flowers donations in Mr. Palmer’s memory may be made to the American Lung Association, 61 Broadway, New York, N.Y. 10006.

Arrangements are by McFarlane Mortuary.

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