10254 W. Carlton Bay | Garden City, ID 83714

Gary Palmer May 5, 1946 - February 2, 2021

Gary Eugene Palmer was born on May 5, 1946 in Seattle, Washington at the U.S. Naval Hospital.  His parents were Stan and Arlene Palmer.

Gary, 74,  was a resident of Boise, Idaho.  He went to Heaven, on February 2, 2021, after a 3 month battle with pancreatic cancer.  His loving wife, Linda Palmer was at his side, in their home, when God called him Home to Heaven.  Many, all around the world had prayed for his healing, and God decided to heal him, by taking him home to Heaven.  He slipped away, peacefully, and was in no pain.

Gary was raised and educated in Gooding, Idaho schools, in his early years.  He finished his high school years at Davis High School, in Kaysville, Utah. Then he studied the Bible at Intermountain Bible College in Grand Junction, Colorado.  Gary also attended Portland Community Community College from 1976 to 1978, studying Small Engine Repair.

When Gary was still in high school, as he was watching Billy Graham on TV one night, Billy gave the altar call, and Gary asked Christ to forgive him of his sins, and come into his life.  He made Jesus Lord of his life that day. He served for a time with a missionary organization called Shiloh, and travelled around the USA, sharing the love of Jesus with many.  He loved talking about his relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ. From that point on, his relationship with Christ was the priority of his life.

In 1966, Gary joined the U.S. Navy, and served for 4 years, until 1970 when he received an Honorable Discharge.  After the Navy, he was married for 10 years, and then divorced.  

Gary is survived by his dear wife, Linda Palmer of Boise, Idaho,  and 2 sisters, Debra Rae Rogers (Dennis) and family, and Tara Dawn Villagomez who lived in Gooding, Idaho.  Tara now lives in Kankakee, Illinois, near Chicago, IL. Gary is also, survived by his 2 other sisters, Deanna Pruett and Brenda Wade who live in Utah:  also survived by his niece, Amber Hernandez and her five children who live in Boise, Idaho, and his nephew, Dustin Winkler who lives in Buhl, Idaho:   also survived by his cousin Marta Abercrombie Kibbee and her husband, Clay.

Gary was preceded in death by his parents, Arlene Jarvis, Earl Jarvis, and Stanley Palmer and his half-brother, Terry Palmer.  Also his Aunt Cleone, Uncle Gene & Aunt Dorothy, his cousin Mike and nephews, Danny and Chad.

Gary met his dear wife, Linda Palmer ( who served in the U.S. Air Force ) when she was living in Camas, Washington, and Gary was living in Portland, Oregon.  They were married on August 17, 1991.  They went through a Discipleship Training School with YWAM ( Youth With A Mission ) in 1994, and did their outreach in Vancouver and Victoria BC, Canada…..sharing the Good News about Jesus Christ with people on the streets and in the schools. They served on staff with YWAM in Washington, and Idaho. They settled in Boise, Idaho in 2005, and lived there for 16 years. Gary always had a smile on his face and shared it with everyone.

Gary is the Step-Dad to his sons, Jason & Jerry Hilton.  Jason lives and works at IKEA, in Memphis, Tennessee.  Jerry and his wife, Christina live with their 4 children in Las Vegas, Nevada and they work at the IKEA store, there, along with Jerry’s son, Corey.  Gary loved his grandchildren and they loved him too….so much!  Gary unfortunately didn’t get to meet, in person, his 4th grandchild, Juniper Rose, who was born, Dec. 5, 2019.  He did get to see videos and pictures of her, which he loved.  His other grandchildren, are Corey Hilton, Tara Hilton and Aubrey Roberts, who all live with their parents in Las Vegas, Nevada.

A private internment will take place at the Veterans Cemetery on Horseshoe Bend Road in Garden City, Idaho on February 9, 2021.

Condolences, memories and photos can be shared with the family by following the obituary link at  http://www.bowmanfuneral.com

There will be a private internment at the Idaho State Veterans' Cemetery Tuesday, 2/9 at 1pm.


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    Lois Faith Householder says

    Gary Eugene Palmer. I love you Gary and from the day you married my sister Linda (Hilton) I have always thought of you as my brother. My love and respect for you as a Christian Believer in Jesus Christ runs deep. You will be missed and your legacy of love and kindness for others will live on. I love you deeply Gary and promise to care for Linda. From: Lois Faith Householder of Sonora, CA.

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      Linda Palmer says

      Dear Lois Faith….thank you so much for your kind words, dear sister. Also, thank you for all of your prayers and support that you gave to me, through this “unplanned journey.”
      I love you so much,
      Your sister, Linda

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    Carol Hutchinson says

    Gary, you certainly will be missed by my sister, Linda. You have been such a loving husband to her for these many years. So thankful that God was such an important part of your life and so you are together with Him and enjoying being able to worship Him together with other family members who have proceeded you. David and I will keep in touch with Linda as she makes a move from Boise.

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    Linda Palmer says

    Thank you so much, dear Carol, for your kind words about Gary. I love and miss him, so much!
    I love you so much and my prayers continue with you and David and your family!

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    David Hutchinson says

    Well brother-in-law…..you got there first. Happy for you as you are able to see Jesus face to face and find out why the WORLD is the way it is!!!! You are no doubt enjoying many family reunions. Linda will be missing you for a short time; but has lots of support. She and we will see you soon. Blessings as you have no more pain and are in HOME where GOD IS NOW REAL FOR EVER AS YOU LIVE OUT YOUR ETERNAL LIFE. Blessings, david

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      Linda Palmer says

      Thank you, David, for your kind words.
      I miss my dear Gary, and love him so much!
      Looking forward to that wonderful day, around the Throne of God when we’re all together again!
      Blessings, Linda

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    Jeffrey Parker says

    Gary, you were always so very kind to me! I still have the NIV Celebrate Recovery Bible that you sent me, and I use it every day and think of you when using it and how gracious and kind it was for you to send it. You remind me of my father, so kind and gentle, and I’m so glad my good friend and sister in Christ, Linda, had such a wonderful, loving, supportive husband like you. You were both such a God -filled, inspiring couple, filled with the Holy Spirit, and I know Linda will temporarily miss you like crazy, but I know you are dancing and singing and praising God on the streets of heaven with no more pain or tears and one day we will all join you! You worked so hard to take care of Linda, even in those last days while you must have been in so much pain, you were always such a hard worker. You will temporarily be sorely missed until we all meet again on that blessed day! I’ll see you then, my brother in Jesus Christ! Kiss the Master for me! Love you! I’ll be looking after Linda over the phone.. see ya soon! Xoxo

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    garylindapalmer@yahoo.com says

    Thank you so much, dear Jeffrey, for your kind and loving remarks….I was SO blessed! I miss and love Gary, so much, and I’m looking forward to seeing him again, soon, when our Lord Jesus Christ returns. A big answer to prayer for Gary, from all the people praying for the past 3 months, from the time he was diagnosed, was that he was in no pain at all (except for a little, once in awhile, which after he took some Tylenol, went away). That was a miracle, as his nurse said that most pancreatic patients have much pain, in the end. So I thank God for that! Sure do love you, and I know that Gary loved you very much too! Prayers are with you, dear brother, and thank you for looking after me, for Gary….until we all meet again, in Heaven! Love you…. Linda

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