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Max Torrence Palmer
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DURHAM: Max Torrence Palmer passed away peacefully September 25, 2017 after a prolonged battle with dementia.
Max was born on June 10, 1931 in Lenoir, North Carolina, the third child of Roy Allen Palmer and Mary Alberta Torrence. His family later moved to Atlanta, Georgia where he was a member of the Georgia American Legion championship baseball team and an Atlanta City All-Star high school baseball player. He graduated from Bass High School in Atlanta.
After a brief professional baseball career in North Carolina, he enlisted in the US Air Force during the Korean War. Following his release, Max graduated in Civil Engineering from Georgia Tech in 1955. While attending college, he married Joyce Whaley Yarn on July 14, 1953 in Salt Lake City, Utah.
During his early working years, Max received his Masters of Public Administration degree from the University of Kansas. His career dealt predominately with Civil Engineering/Public Works, including employment in various cities throughout the United States. Also, he served on the Executive Committee of the American Public Works Association.
Max was deeply devoted to his family and church. He was a faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and served in many capacities. After retirement, Max and Joyce served two missions, one in Florida and one in Texas. He later published a book about the Palmers of Caldwell County in North Carolina.
He is preceded in death by his parents, wife, and older sister, Sue Palmer. He is survived by his older brother Bob Palmer of Jasper, GA, and younger sister Reba Palmer Morrison of Elkton, FL; his sons Torre (Valerie) Palmer of Durham, NC, Dirk (Ruth) Palmer of Warner Robbins, GA, and Darron (Maria) Palmer of Gloucester, VA; his grandsons, Greg, Grant, and Garrett Palmer of Durham, NC, David (Wen) Palmer of Hampton, VA, and Jerrod Palmer of Gloucester, VA, and his granddaughters, Victoria (Bobby) Jenkins of Las Vegas, NV, and Rebecca and Hannah Palmer of Gloucester, VA. He also has two great grandsons.
Visitation with the family and friends will be held on Thursday, September 28, 2017 at Clements Funeral Service, 1105 Broad Street, Durham, NC 27705 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The funeral will be held Friday, September 29 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 3902 Berini Dr., Durham, NC 27705 at 11 a.m. Visitation will begin at 10 a.m. After the funeral, Max will be interred beside his wife at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints cemetery in Colfax, NC.
The family is under the care of Clements Funeral Service in Durham. Please see online obituary to send condolences at

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6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Clements Funeral Home

1105 Broad St.
Durham, NC 27705

Funeral Service




11:00 AM
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints

3902 Berini Dr
Durham, NC 27705

Cemetery Details


Colfax Latter Day Saints Cemetery

8940 W Market St
Colfax, NC 27235


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