Kent David Palmer

of Madison
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.
Gunderson East
Funeral & Cremation Care
5203 Monona Drive
(608) 221-5420

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Karl Kerwin said on Monday, Dec 5 at 4:48 AM

I've known Kent since 5th grade. We shared the love a baseball; playing and going to a Cubs games. I can still remember many days we just played catch until it was too dark to see the ball. I wish we could do it now.

Cate Wilcox Nash said on Sunday, Dec 4 at 8:35 AM

I had not seen Kent in over 10 years. However, I was reduced to tears when I saw his obituary. He was a dear and kind man. Kent will truely be missed by those on the left side of the aisle. Kent was always cheerful and had interesting information.

Katie Martin said on Saturday, Dec 3 at 4:43 PM

I knew Kent when he worked at North Farm. I will miss his cheerful smile and awesome personality.

Bonnie Coe Noonan said on Saturday, Dec 3 at 1:43 AM

I remember Kent as full of life and music and happiness. You left this world too soon, but your memory lives on.

Suzanne Falk said on Thursday, Dec 1 at 2:23 PM

Rest in peace Kent. I am very happy and blessed to have known you and could call you my friend. Your gifts were many and I will miss you.

Pam Voth said on Thursday, Dec 1 at 3:35 AM

I remember Kent smiling. Always smiling. Always a compassionate soul. Peace be with you, old friend.

Andrew Lisec said on Thursday, Dec 1 at 12:21 AM

Kent and I and a few other OPRF kids were aspiring rockers back in the day. We held enthusiastic, if musically questionable jam sessions in various basements. I fondly recall Kent's lanky frame doing the white-boy get-down making music with his mates

tom dehlinger said on Wednesday, Nov 30 at 7:25 PM

Kent was a friend and a man of many talents. He also had a passion for getting the most out of life. The ninth inning is over.

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