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DEATH: ROBERT D. PALMQUIST

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Our wonderful, loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend, Robert David Palmquist, passed away suddenly on February 26, 1996 of a heart attack.

Bob was born on July 9, 1929 in Murray, Utah. He attended Murray High School and was active in sports. He played football, and ran on the track team, was an All-State fullback and played in the first Utah all-star football game. Years later, he coached his own son on a championship Little League football team in Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas. He graduated from the University of Utah in 1950 with a BA in Education, and married his high school sweetheart, Shirley Mortenson, in the Salt Lake Temple. Bob was drafted into the Korean War in 1950, but chose the Air Force over the Army and flew 40 combat missions over North Korea in low-level B-26 bombers. He chose to make the Air Force his career and in 1968 flew 129 combat missions over Vietnam. He retired as a Lt. Colonel in 1973, with two Distinguished Flying Crosses, six Air Medals, two Meritorious Service medals, two Air Force Commendation medals, and numerous foreign and United Nations decorations.After retiring in North Salt Lake, Bob was active in community affairs. He served as a City Councilman and was elected Mayor of North Salt Lake in November of 1977. During his two terms as Mayor, he earned a Master's degree in Political Administration and completed his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Utah. He had earned an MA degree from Texas Tech while in the Air Force.

Bob loved being associated with people. He was a natural born teacher and speaker. He was active in the LDS Church and fulfilled many positions of leadership including: counselor in branch presidency, High Priest group leader, High Councilor, early morning seminary, temple missionary, and Gospel Doctrine teacher. Bob loved golf, traveling with his wife and friends, and spending time with his grandkids. He took care of everyone, and his influence was great and meaningful.

Bob is survived by his devoted wife and best friend, Shirley; two sons, David (Jody), and Scott (Debbie), one daughter, Debra (Steve), and sixteen grandchildren. His family was his pride and joy. Additional survivors include his sister, Shirlee Loulias, and stepfather, Gordon King.

Funeral services will be held Friday, March 1, at 12 noon at the Orchard 13th Ward Stake Center, 261 East Center Street, North Salt Lake. Friends may call Thursday evening from 6-8 p.m. at the Russon Brothers Mortuary, 295 No. Main, Bountiful, and one hour prior to the services on Friday at the ward. Interment will be in the Lake View Memorial Cemetery. Arranged by Lake View Memorial Mortuary.

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