Dana Palmer(1949 - 2013)

Dana Hugh Palmer Dana Palmer, 64, adored husband, father and grand- father, died suddenly and unexpectedly in his sleep early Thursday, September 5, 2013. He was born to Emmitt Chilton and Jimmie Levell Palmer amid the sandhills of Crane in West Texas on August 23, 1949. He was graduated as part of a small, close-knit class from Crane High School and attended Odessa College before entering the University of Texas at Austin. There he earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in 1971, for which he did not need scientific German, and a Bachelor of Journalism degree in 1973, which led him to his career in newspapers. Dana worked as a reporter and editor for the Corpus Christi Caller-Times. There in the newsroom overlooking the Bay he met the love of his life, Emily. They were married December 28, 1979, in Corpus Christi before Dana was transferred to the Harte-Hanks Austin Bureau to cover the Capitol and Texas Legislature. For the last 22 years before his recent retirement, Dana worked for the Texas Department of Insurance, first as a public information officer and later as web content manager. A sharp editor's eye, a love for telling the story and an easy-going sense of humor defined Dana. He championed the underdog and the forgotten, wanting their stories to be heard. In his quiet way, he worked to make the world a better place for everyone, especially for those who had no voice or power. He believed that every person should have easy access to the information vital to their lives. Dana built his life around his family, especially his wife Emily, stepdaughter Katy Jennings, stepson Greg Jennings and grandchildren Aurora and Giles Edwards. They were his strength and his love. He enjoyed travel, especially the family trip to Disney World, and numerous visits to San Francisco and the California Wine Country. He and Emily relished their visits to Ireland, England, Wales, Germany, Austria and Italy. He fulfilled one of his life's desires when they drove across the Isle of Skye on Scotland's rugged west coast. Dana loved to listen to music, especially the Beatles and his wife's choral concerts. Books were his constant companion. He could name just about any old movie or television show, giving you a quick synopsis of the plot, characters and actors. The sky, the planets, stars and universe intrigued him. He treasured his visits to McDonald Observatory. He was preceded in death by his parents. He also is survived by a sister, Denise, a nephew, Ronnie Wayne Smith, other extended family and a host of friends. Visitation is from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday, September 8, 2013, at Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home, 3125 N. Lamar, Austin, with services at 10 a.m. Tuesday, September 10, 2013, at The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, 3201 Windsor Road, Austin. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Chorus Austin (www.chorusaustin.org), P.O. Box 204361, Austin, Texas 78720; The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd; or a . No words can express the depth of sorrow we feel with our Dana's passing. Our hearts are shattered into a million pieces, each fragment carrying our love across the universe. "They will mount up with wings like eagles, They will run and not get tired, They will walk and not become weary." Obituary and memorial guestbook available online at www.wcfish.com


Funeral Home

Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Homes & Cremation Services - Austin
3125 N Lamar Blvd. Austin, TX 78705
(512) 452-8811

Published in Austin American-Statesman from Sept. 8 to Sept. 10, 2013