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Donal Leland Palmer

Donal Leland Palmer, 93, died peacefully on January 18, 2014.

He was born to the late Clyde and Margaret Dellinger Palmer, on July 24, 1920, in Seattle, Washington. Donal attended the University of Washington and joined the Kappa Sigma fraternity. He graduated in 1942 and joined the United States Army assigned to the Quartermaster Corps. After his discharge, Donal married Barbara Tucker in 1952 and they settled in Bellevue, Washington, where they lived for the rest of their lives. Early in his career, Donal was a travel agent and tour guide taking tours through Europe and Japan. Later Donal worked for United Airlines and became Vice President in Sales for the Western Region, and enjoyed a long career with the company. After his retirement from United Airlines, he joined University Travel in Seattle, and worked on government contracts for many years. Barbara and Donal were very active socially in Bellevue and had many very close friends who remember them both very fondly. Barbara volunteered for the Puget Sound Blood Bank for many years and Donal loved gardening and grew many varieties of vegetables and flowers. Barbara was a skilled cook and they both enjoyed entertaining and having many parties with friends. When reminiscing, friends always said how Donal had an excellent eye for interior decorating. Barbara and Donal enjoyed collecting furniture, artwork, fabrics, and art objects from around the world during their many travels. Their designer homes always reflected Donal's enthusiasm for interior decorating and love for art. He will also be remembered for his wonderful story telling, great intellect, sense of humor, wonderful smile, and kind and caring nature. Donal will be greatly missed, as will his loving wife, Barbara.

Donal was preceded in death by his brother, John Palmer, and his loving wife of more than 50 years, Barbara Tucker Palmer. He is survived by three nieces including Cynthia Larson of Issaquah, Washington, Marilyn Rhodes of Portland, Oregon, and Nancy Lobberget of Snohomish, Washington. He is also survived by three nephews.

A family memorial service will be held in April in Bellingham. Memorial gifts can be made to the Puget Sound Blood Center, Development Office, 921 Terry Avenue, Seattle, WA 98104-1256.

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Published in The Seattle Times from Mar. 13 to Mar. 14, 2014
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