Published: Thursday, November 21st, 2013
Leslie Wayne “Les” Palmer was born May 2, 1943, at Miller, S.D., to Wesley and Mae (Arbogast) Palmer. He graduated from Custer (S.D.) High School in 1962. He joined the Army National Guard in 1964 and was commissioned in 1967 as 2nd Lieutenant.
Les married Donna Druyvestein on May 9, 1964, in Custer. When Les retired from the South Dakota Department of Transporation, Donna and Les moved to Douglas, Wyo., to enjoy watching two of his grandkids excel in sports. He was a proud grandpa when his grandson, Danny, caught the last pass in the end zone when Douglas won the Class 3A football championship. While he enjoyed all of Danny’s football games, this one was really special.
Les also enjoyed watching Shelby play softball, basketball and golf. In 2009, the Palmers returned to Custer to watch Ally in volleyball, basketball and his favorite, track. Les was also able to attend some of the Wyoming celebrations to see Alan Flatt march in the Wyoming All State Marching Band.
Les’ family was very important to him, taking them as well as anyone else who wanted to go hunting, fishing and camping. It was very important to him that he taught the traits and safety of outdoor recreation.
Les died Nov. 9, 2013, at his home near Custer. He was 70.
He was preceded in death by his parents, four sisters and one brother.
Les is survived by his wife, Donna; son, Troy (Shari) Palmer of Douglas; daughter, Suzanne Palmer of Custer; four grandchildren, Danny (Tiffany) Palmer of Casper, Wyo., Shelby Palmer of Douglas, Ally Hass of Custer, and Alan Flatt of Buffalo, Wyo.; brother, Chuck (Bernie) Palmer of Laramie, Wyo.; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
Memorial services were Nov. 13 at the United Methodist Church in Pringle, S.D.
Memorials may be sent to the Hands of Compassion House, PO Box 7266, Rochester, MN 55903 or the Shriners Children Travel Fund, 4091 Sturgis Road, Rapid City, SD 57702.
Written condolences may be made at www.mccolleyschapels.com.
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