Family and friends remember Dan Palmer |

Family and friends remember Dan Palmer

by Caryn Haller

The sanctuary of Hilltop Community Church was filled to capacity on Tuesday with overflow in secondary rooms as close to 700 people celebrated the life of 19-year-old Dan Palmer.

The one sentiment that echoed throughout the service was that Palmer was a man of God.

“If you want to know how to have a life of value, pay attention because Dan had that,” Pastor Derrick Carpenter said. “Dan’s life was not wasted. Dan lived his life for Jesus Christ, and that’s the message he wanted to share with us.”

Palmer was killed on Thanksgiving morning in a two-vehicle accident on Sunrise Pass Road outside Johnson Lane.

Quiet laughter came over the sanctuary during a slide show of photographs showing Palmer’s zest for life.

“He was crazy, and wild, and always making sounds,” said 18-year-old Jessica Stewart, Palmer’s girlfriend of six months. “No matter how much I pushed him away, he always came back and said he loved me. I love him. His nickname for me was Dolly because he could pick me up like a doll. My nickname for him was Peaches.”

Michael Darby, 19, was on the swim team at Douglas with Palmer.

“I remember he gave the strongest hug I’ve ever got in my life,” Darby said. “He had some strength in him. We had a lot of good times together in swim.”

Jordan Chappell, 18, had known Palmer since elementary school.

“He took me on my first fork lift ride. He was pretty crazy,” she said. “He always had a smile on his face, and was making jokes and laughing.”

Carpenter also spoke to Palmer’s charismatic side.

“Dan was a man who lived life on the edge. He taught me the word YOLO, You Only Live Once,” he added. “We all know that smile, that laugh, and I don’t want to forget it.”

Some of Palmer’s favorite sayings such as “America,” and “I have a guitar and you’re pretty cute” put smiles on family and friend’s faces as they remembered hearing those “Danisms” before.

Another description that was used of Palmer was, “servant.”

“If they needed work done from somebody they could count on, they called Dan. Dan was a servant. That’s who Dan was,” Carpenter said. “A word I would not use is idle. He was a worker. He kept his hands going.”

Family friend Scott Wilson retold a story of when Palmer helped him remodel his Gardnerville home.

“Danny wasn’t much into finish work, but he was really good at demolition,” Wilson said. “And even though there was 37 years difference in our ages, we were tight.”

Ken Robinson also spoke to Palmer’s ability to have friends of all ages.

“I understood Dan,” he said. “He could talk to me, and I’m 69, like I was a 19-year-old. We had no problems spanning the ages.”

A scholarship fund has been established in Palmer’s name to help student’s attend technical/vocational school.

The Daniel Palmer Memorial Scholarship fund is at City National Bank, 1647 Highway 395, Minden, Account No. 366454217.