Native Austinite, Douglas Palmer, died on February 17, 2014, at the age of 77 years. He was born to Phil and Maebelle Palmer on September 18, 1936 in Austin, Texas.
Doug was educated in the Austin school system. He graduated from Wm. B. Travis High School in 1955. He was an excellent athlete and played football for Travis. In 1955 the University of Texas had a freshman football team on which he played. In later years, he took up tennis and golf, spending many happy hours with his friend and sporting partner, Mike Belvin. Also in his repertoire was woodworking. He especially liked using exotic woods to craft beautiful objects. Doug was a member of Mt. Olive Lutheran Church in Austin.
He became a professional firefighter in 1961 and served in many capacities with the Austin Fire Department including combat, training and communications. Doug retired as a Battalion Chief in 1991.
In addition to Dorothy, his wife of 55 years, he is survived by his sister, Leila Palmer Moore, and her husband, Dewey, of Bastrop. Doug and Dorothy's two sons and their families also mourn his loss; David and wife, Elice, of San Antonio, their three children, Haylee, Kyle and Jason. Drew lives in Hutto and has son, Buck and daughter, Veronica.
A memorial service will be held at 12:00 PM on Thursday, February 20, 2014, at Harrell Funeral Home, 4435 Frontier Trail, Austin, Texas with Pastor Paul Meyer and Pastor Ben Braun officiating. A private interment will follow at Austin Memorial Park, Austin, Texas.
Parkinson's disease, and the dementia it caused, took Doug's life. Memorial donations to organizations trying to find a cure for this terrible disease are appreciated, as are memorials to Mt. Olive Lutheran Church.
Condolences may be sent to: www.HarrellFuneralHomes.com.
Published in Austin American-Statesman from Feb. 19 to Feb. 20, 2014