William Palmer

Durango, Colorado


December 30, 2020
Durango, Colorado


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Bill was born on June 18, 1938 to Hazel and Francis Palmer in West Long Branch, New Jersey. On, December 30th, Bill passed away at age of 82. He attended West Long Branch school system, Fishburne Military School in Waynesboro, Virginia, and the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He...

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Awww Bill, I served you many a breakfast at Carver's, over the years. I always enjoyed seeing you and the guys and loved that you always tried to make sure you were in my section. Rest in peace, Buddy. I'll save some crispy bacon for you.

Go hard or go home! Thanks for pushing me to be my best. I will not miss Bill's voice because it will be encouraging me every time I swim. He made a difference in my life. I am so sorry for your loss. I pray that God surrounds you with tender mercies as you work through your grief.

Mary Ann, reading this obituary I just realized that you, the person with the rec center locker next to mine, are Bill’s wife. I did not know him except for seeing him coach the Swim Club and workout upstairs. He seemed to be everyone’s friend. I am so sorry for your loss; and I know that words cannot reach the depth of your sorrow.

I'll never forget skiing with you down the slopes at Purgatory ski area. Some times I couldn't see you, but I sure could hear you. RIP Legend.

So sorry to hear of Bills passing. I have fond memories of listening to him hold court at the Durango Rec center and his frequent claim:” ya gotta keep moving because you’ll lose it if you don’t move it. That and his unsolicited comments if I happened to be swimming laps when he was coaching masters! Usually not complementary ! Hello to Dee Dee and sorry for your loss.

Bill was definitely the best coach I ever had and it wasn't even close! RIP Bill you will be missed but your legacy at CJAC lives on.

When asked in his last hours what a T shirt in his honor would say, Bill took just a moment and said.
“Be True To Yourself.”
Bill did live and DID die by these words.
“ and love like you do not have tomorrow”.... a bullish and heart of gold man he was. Peace to you Bill.❤

RIP Bill You were one of a kind and I always felt it was a gift to have coached with you at CJAC. I learned so much from you and always felt that you made everyone on the team feel like family.My sincere condolences to the Palmer family.

What a guy! How brave of him at the end, and how determined he was in everything he did. It was an honor to include him in my book of aging athletes. And, he swim-trained me well for Alcatraz. Peace to you all!