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Evan Mack Palmer passed away peacefully at Utah Valley Hospital Sunday, August 25, 2019.
Mack was born July 2, 1930 in Tremonton, Utah. The youngest of six children, he grew up in the ranching community of Park Valley, Utah. He attended a three-room schoolhouse through 8th grade. He left Park Valley to live with older siblings and their families in Brigham City so that he could attend Box Elder High, where he graduated in 1948.
He served as a full time missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in the Spanish American Mission from 1950-1953.
He served in the US Army during the Korean War from 1953-1955. After receiving two three-day passes, he returned home to marry Carol Diane Jenson on August 3, 1953 in the Logan Utah Temple.
He received an Associate Degree from Weber College and graduated from BYU with double majors in history and Spanish. He then received his master’s degree in educational administration and counseling in 1964.
Mack loved his work as a Seminary Instructor with the Church Educational System for 9 years before beginning his career at BYU. He worked at BYU as the Director of Independent Study and later as the Director of Education Week and retired from BYU September 1, 1996.
Mack loved to run. He would run from the BYU campus to the mouth of Provo Canyon and back each day during his lunch break. He enjoyed riding horses and going deer hunting with his sons. He loved his associations with all those he worked with at BYU but most of all he loved attending BYU basketball and football games for many years with Diane or his sons.
Church Service included s: A faithful Home Teacher/Ministering Brother, Bishopric Councilor, Stake High Council, Young Men’s President, Bishop, Stake President, Stake Patriarch and an ordinance worker at the Mt. Timpanogos Temple. He considered his greatest calling was taking care of his sweetheart for 6 years before she ‘graduated’ in 2009. Mack looked forward to his own ‘graduation’ day so that they could be reunited again.
Mack is survived by his five children, Michael (Julie) Palmer, Brent (Diane) Palmer, Bruce (Niki) Palmer, Eldon (Shelley) and Michele (Fritz) Culp, 23 grandchildren, and 24 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, September 14, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. in the Grove Ward Chapel, 455 East 200 South, Pleasant Grove. Family and friends may attend a viewing from 11:00 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. prior to the services. Interment will be in the Pleasant Grove City Cemetery. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.olpinmortuary.com.