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Friday May 21st, 2021
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Saturday May 22nd, 2021
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Saturday May 22nd, 2021
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Arden J Palmer

Arden J Palmer, a resident of Thatcher, entered into eternal life Tuesday afternoon, May 18, 2021, at his residence. Arden was 91.

He attended Thatcher Schools and graduated from Thatcher High School in 1948. After graduation, he enlisted in the United States Navy where he was an aviation mechanic. Following the Navy, he served a mission for his church in the Southern States Mission, spending his time in Florida. Upon return from his mission, he married his high school sweetheart Mary Louise (Mella) Udall in the Mesa, Arizona Temple in 1952. Arden was a third generation cotton farmer in the Gila Valley and was very active in numerous cotton organizations, having served as president of the Arizona Cotton Growers Association and a founding board member of Cotton Incorporated. He, Mella and Charlotte lived in Carmel, Indiana for 3 years from 1980-83 where he served as President of the Indiana Indianapolis Mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Following that, they lived in Mesa, Arizona for 10 years, while he worked under President Reagan in the Agriculture Dept. They retired back to Thatcher in 1985 where he lived until the time of his death. Arden was very active in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints where he served as Priest Quorum Advisor, High Counselor, Bishop, Stake President, Mission President, Regional Representative, Gila Valley Temple Worker as well as numerous other church callings. Arden loved anything sports especially if it involved his kids, grandkids or great grandkids. He was active in the EAC Booster Club and followed their teams all over the country cheering them on. He loved flying airplanes and started flying at the age of 15. He renewed his pilot’s license at the age of 88 and took up his last flight on his 90th birthday. Arden’s sweetheart of 57 years passed away in 2010 after a lengthy illness in which he faithfully cared for her in their home. In December of 2016 he again fell in love and married Sandi Thompson. They lived in their home in Thatcher and had four happy and wonderful years together.

Arden leaves to mourn: his wife, Sandra, of Thatcher; five children, Jim Palmer (Celinda), of Thatcher, his son-in-law, Jeff Larson, of Thatcher; David Palmer (Cyndi), of Gilbert, Shari Elkins (Jimmy), of Thatcher, John Palmer (Shelley), of Queen Creek and Charlotte Stewart (Andy), of Mesa; three sisters, Linda, Eileen and Nelda; 45 grandchildren and 56 great-grandchildren. Arden was predeceased by: his beloved wife of 57 years, Mella; his daughter, Mellani Larson; his parents, Lucille and Eldon Palmer; and two brothers, Melburn and Verle.

Funeral services for Arden will be conducted Saturday afternoon, May 22, 2021, at 1:00 p.m., at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Thatcher Stake Center by his grandson, Bishop Jay Larson of the Thatcher Third Ward. Concluding services will follow in the Thatcher Cemetery.

The family will receive friends Friday evening, May 21, 2021, from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., at the Vining Funeral Home and Saturday from 12:00 p.m. (noon) until 12:45 p.m., at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Thatcher Stake Center Relief Society Room.

Those who would like to attend the services via Facebook Live can join on Vining Funeral Home's Facebook page, Saturday afternoon, May 22, 2021, at 1:00 p.m. (MST).

The family suggests donations to the Thatcher Schools Scholarship Foundation, PO Box 382 Thatcher, Arizona 85552, in Arden's name.


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Didn't have much time to share with Bro & Sis Palmer while they served in the Indianapolis mission ( 3 months ), but really loved the beautiful spirit they always had. Their quiet peace that they had around them was wonderful. Condolences to the Palmer family from Bro ( Elder ) David Mowser, Calgary Alberta Canada.

David Mowser May 23 2021 5:11 PM

Wish I would have known earlier. I would have loved to tune in. A lady I know helped take care of Sister Palmer till she dies in 2010. I was proud to have President Palmer as my mission President. I loved visiting the Palmers in 1996 at their home in Thatcher. My oldest son loved his spiral staircase. I'm happy he is reunited with Sister Palmer.

Scott Vandenhazel May 22 2021 10:37 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Arden Palmer

Tammi Christofferson May 22 2021 8:44 PM

On behalf of the Harding family, we would like to extend our sympathy on the death of an amazing man, whose attributes were evidenced in the members of his posterity whom we were fortunate enough to know. Per your request, a contribution in his memory has been made to the Thatcher Schools Scholarship Foundation. May the memories of happy times together sustain you in the days, weeks and years to come.

Kerry, Dawn and Michael Harding May 22 2021 7:12 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Arden Palmer

Lee Udall Bennion May 22 2021 6:11 PM

Tive a alegria de conhecer esta pessoa especial, quando em visita a Santa Cruz do Sul - Brasil. Meus sentimentos aos familiares.

Karla Beurmann Dreyer May 22 2021 5:52 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Arden Palmer

Karla Beurmann Dreyer May 22 2021 5:45 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Arden Palmer

Karla Beurmann Dreyer May 22 2021 5:43 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Arden Palmer

Karen Smith May 22 2021 5:35 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Arden Palmer

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