Lew Palmer

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Local resident
Lew Palmer
died July 12,
2014 at the age
of 84. Lew was
born in 1930 in
Geneva, New
York, and grew
up in western
New York.
He graduated with an
Engineering degree from
the University of Michigan,
where he met Ann
Knickerbocker. They were
married August 22, 1953.
After four years living
near Chicago, they moved
to southwest Denver
and remained there for
20 years. Lew worked
for Stearns–Roger in the
design and construction
of oil refinery units being
built in the western United
States and Canada. In
1976, he was transferred
to the Stearns–Roger Calgary
office to expand its
ability to design process
units within Canada.
Over the next eight years,
Lew became President,
and expanded the Canadian
subsidiary to over
400 employees with projects
across Canada and
the arctic.
After returning to
Stearns–Roger in Denver
in 1984, Lew coordinated
other projects in the west,
including a large refinery
near Kemmerer, Wyoming,
that was built in
modular form at
Pocatello, Idaho.
After retiring
in 1992, Lew
became active
in Parker area
He handled the
dialogs with government
to gain approvals and permits
for the construction
of the Victorian buildings
on Pikes Peak. In connection
with those projects,
he was instrumental in
having the Town of Parker
to define special zoning
for Pikes Peak Drive,
which has preserved and
improved the local historic
He was a lifelong railroad
fan, and enjoyed rail
travel. Lew was a student
of American History, including
the Revolutionary
War and the Civil War.
He enjoyed camping
and hiking in the western
United States. Memorable
hikes were across the
Grand Canyon, into the
canyon at Havasu, and
in the Pacific Cascades.
Canadian hikes were in
Yoho and Banff National
His wife Ann, three sons,
Douglas of Albuquerque,
NM, Glenn of Edwards,
CO, and Brian, of Arvada,
CO, ten grandchildren,
and three great-grandchildren,
survive him.
Published in Colorado Community Newspapers from July 24 to Aug. 23, 2014
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