Of Purcellville, died July 29, 2013 from injuries sustained in a car accident. His wife Olivia (Lil) Palmer preceded him in death on July 27 from the same accident. John was born June 21, 1935, in Warrenton VA, of the late Dr. John Claiborne Palmer, and the late Jane Foster Palmer. He was raised at "Glenville" his maternal ancestral home near The Plains VA. As a child growing up in the country, he developed a love for the outdoors and a fondness of its wild critters.
After graduation from Washington and Lee High School in Arlington, John enlisted in the Marine Corps and reported to Paris Island SC in August 1953. While serving in the Marine Corps he started to play golf which became a lifelong passion. After completing six years of military service he earned a degree from Richmond Professional Institute now known as Virginia Commonwealth University. He went on to earn a second degree at American Institute for Foreign Trade, Phoenix, Arizona.
John joined Middleburg National Bank in 1967 and worked there until his retirement as Senior Vice President in December 1995. During his twenty-eight year career he worked in many positions at the bank including serving on the board of directors. John's unique personality was a perfect fit for working closely with customers at a community bank. His sense of humor put people at ease which helped build and sustain strong professional and personnel relationships through the years. It was at the Bank where he met his wife and love of his life, Lil.
One of John's favorite hobbies and past times was collecting antiques. Shortly before retirement, John and Lil opened Clark & Palmer Antiques in Purcellville VA . He enjoyed many other activities in his retirement years to include golfing, traveling and most of all spending time with friends and family.
John was predeceased by his wife, Lil Palmer, his son Carter Palmer and sister, Mary Burnett. He is survived by his sister Kate Andrews, his brother-in-law Robert Burnett, his daughter-in-law Ping Palmer and children Emily Palmer Wagner and husband Marc; Jane Palmer and husband Bill Bridges; and Sarah Palmer Geyer and husband Kelly. He was grandpa to nine grandchildren, Yiwen Chen (Von-Von), Alan, Thomas, Anna Li, and Carter of Purcellville; Emily and Olivia of South Carolina; Sarah and Luke from Kansas.
A memorial service will be held for Lil and John on Friday, August 2, 2013 at 2 p.m. at the Loudoun Golf & Tennis Club, Purcellville, VA.
Memorials may be sent to Bluemont Crest Retreat, 33735 Snickersville Turnpike Suite 201, P.O. Box 117 Bluemont VA 20135.

Published in The Washington Post on Aug. 2, 2013