Kent David Palmer
Born: March 30, 1964 in Chicago, IL
Died: November 28, 2011 in Madison, WI
Age: 47 years old
MADISON-Kent David Palmer was born in Chicago, Ill., on March 30, 1964, to David and Marilyn J. (Erickson) Palmer. He died on Monday, Nov. 28, 2011, in his home, from complications of diabetes.
Kent attended Oak Park-River Forest High School where he graduated with honors and was a member of a state championship baseball team. He then attended the University of Illinois-Circle Campus, and graduated with honors in 1986. During his college years, Kent worked as a Green Peace team leader, helping them raise money to support environmental issues. He moved to Madison where he started a “Green” landscaping business before “being Green” was popular.
Kent became an alderman for the city of Madison, a post he held for four years. He loved music. Kent played guitar and was the lead vocalist in a three piece band from the time he arrived in Madison until 2010, when complications from diabetes handicapped his functioning. Kent was briefly employed by the State of Wisconsin, Department of Justice. While in Madison, Kent became the circulation manager for Madison Magazine. His passion for beer led him to start a beer blog for the magazine. He loved to suggest pairing specialty beers with food. Kent started playing baseball in peewee leagues in Oak Park and continued to play after his college years in a league in the Madison area. He loved all aspects of the game.
Kent married twice, first to his college sweetheart, Cathy (Sapyta) Palmer, and then to Cindy (Parmer) Palmer of Cambridge. He is survived by his mother, Marilyn Palmer of Oak Park, Ill; father, David Palmer of Belvidere, Ill; and brother, Christopher Palmer of Oak Park, Ill.
A memorial service will be held at GUNDERSON EAST FUNERAL HOME, 5203 Monona Drive, Madison, at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3, 2011. Visitation will be at the funeral home from 10 a.m. until the time of the service on Saturday.
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