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PalmerFeb. 5, 1942 - May 13, 2018 JONES Rusty Palmer was born to Cleo and D.E. "Cooch" Palmer on Feb. 5, 1942. He was the first person in his family to obtain a college degree, a bachelor's from The University of Oklahoma, and continued in his education at Luther Theological Seminary. He was a Young Life leader, a homeroom mother, a baseball coach, a pastor, an intellectual, and man of deep faith. He founded and ran Seattle Family institute in Seattle, WA as a family and marriage therapist. In "retirement," he developed Lake of the Woods, with his wife, Pat, in Edmond, OK. He raised his only son, Soren, as a single parent in a time when it was almost unheard of for a man to do so. He is survived by his wife, Pat Palmer; his son, Soren, Soren's wife, Siera, and their unborn child; his stepson, Jon Sarriugarte and his wife Kyrsten Mate, of Oakland, CA; and his stepdaughters, Mali Lajciak and her husband Zivan, of Slovakia; Jennifer Sarriugarte and Chris Daigre, of Seattle, WA; and Amy and Bill Taylor, of Seattle. He is also survived by grandchildren, Adrian, Sebastian, Olivia, Stellan, Kyle, Zolie, Lucas, and Maci; and his sister, Sandy Hollingsworth, her husband, Eddie, and their children, Don, Tony, and Stacy, and their children and grandchildren. He sincerely loved people and was known for his generous spirit and biting sense of humor. He thoroughly enjoyed being around people. He loved group activities, laughter, games, sports and fellowshipping. He made friends wherever he lived, laughed and traveled. He leaves behind many, many friends. Services will be held Wednesday, May 16, 2 p.m. at Exchange Avenue Baptist Church, 1300 S. Penn Ave., Oklahoma City. The family requests no flowers, but donations may be made the Saint James AME Church Scholarship fund, 701 N Main St, P.O. Box 12, Arcadia, OK 73007.
Published in The Oklahoman on May 15, 2018
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