Whether you chatted with Joseph Palmer at the YMCA, had your photograph taken for the Downeast Magazine, worked with him through faith ministries, or stopped by Grandma’s Attic Antique Shop he made sure to have a connection with you. Joseph Samuel Palmer Jr. was born in Bessemer, Alabama on December 22nd 1937 to Ruth Hutchinson and Joseph Samuel Palmer Sr. He had a younger brother, William Preston Palmer, who died in 2012 . He attended the Bob Jones High School in South Carolina and eventually joined the Army in 1957. He began training K-9 dogs and was eventually stationed in Korea as a clerk. In the army he spent time in Boston where he met Elizabeth Telfer. Together he and Elizabeth spent many summers on Monhegan Island in Maine. Eventually they moved back to Alabama to get his Bachelor’s Degree; here he started his civil rights activism which continued when they returned to Boston. He studied at Boston University for his Masters Degree in Theology.
Elizabeth and Joseph were married July 2nd, 1966. The two of them were adventurous in nature and traveled with their children Meghan Beth Palmer and Kirsten Jo Palmer. As a family they continued their adventures to South East Asia, China, Europe, and the Americas. Later he found a passion for photography, you could find his photos in local newspapers and craft shows. He has been blessed to have served in 11 churches around the state of Maine and helped build many youth ministries. Joseph suffered from Alzheimer’s and passed away peacefully on March 11, 2022 in Seattle, Washington with family by his side. He is survived by his wife Elizabeth Palmer, his two daughters Meghan and Kirsten Palmer. His two son-in-laws Douglas Thompson and Thomas Campbell and his two grandchildren Ella and James. A service will be held for Joseph in Trenton during the summer of 2022. Donations can be made in his name to Robert and Mary’s Place or Friends in Action in Ellsworth, Maine.