Christopher Palmer

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Christopher Lee Palmer



Christopher Lee Palmer passed away November 17th, 2017, in Tempe, AZ.

"Chris" was a beloved father, son, brother & invaluable friend, who lost his life to a devastating fall.

He was born December 14, 1962, in Albuquerque, where he was a resident until 1993. He was preceded in death by his mother Juanita Dawn (nee Brewer) Palmer.

He is survived by: his son, Lee K. Palmer at the University of Nebraska; by his father Merrill "Pete" and wife Anita Palmer of Albuquerque; his sisters Deborah M. Bryan, Albuquerque, Lucinda and husband Garvin Larson of Tucson, AZ; step brothers James O. Phillips II and family of Cave Creek, AZ., and Stephan D. Phillips and family of Vail, AZ; his former wife and dear friend Nancy M. (nee Tondl) Palmer of Tempe, AZ; cousins: Jennifer Bryan of Albuquerque, NM, and her daughter, Joel G. Lucero-Bryan of Abu Dhabi, UAE, his wife, Cristy, and their three children.

Chris graduated from Sandia High School, attended NM Institute of Mining and Tech, where he received a degree in Chemistry. He was an outstanding chemist and was employed in the semi-conductor field, his area of expertise was diffusion/ oxidation processing. His employers included: Sandia National Laboratories; Philips; Motorola; as well as his own corporation in association John Riburn; finally Medtronic.

He was talented at almost everything he did: he had a brilliant and outrageous sense of humor; his early years were spent as an avid & highly competitive Kart racer; he was an amazing musician, able to teach & play many instruments; his hobby was restoring old VWs & he was a dedicated historian of the American Civil War and World War II. He never saw a cat that he didn't love.

The family wishes to thank Tempe Police, Fire & Rescue Dept. of Tempe for their life saving efforts, St Luke's Hospital, Honor Health Scottsdale-Osborn Medical Center doctors & staff as well as Friendship Village, Tempe AZ.

Cremation has taken place. A celebration of his life will be held at a later time. Those wishing to honor Chris may make donations in his name to any no-kill cat shelter in their area or 'Friends For Life,' 143 W. Vaughn Ave., Gilbert, AZ 85233, 1 (480) 497-8296

Published in Albuquerque Journal on Nov. 26, 2017