David Palmer

Apr 09, 2019

Islesboro — David Sturtevant Palmer, 64, a longtime resident of Islesboro, passed away March 21, 2019, at the Seaport Village nursing facility in Ellsworth where he lived since 2015. David was born in Bangor on Jan. 18, 1955.

His parents were the Rev. Warren Sturtevant Palmer, a congregational minister in Lincoln and Sanford, and Anna Lou (Carmichel) Palmer, a social worker for the Sanford school system. With the exception of two years following the death of his father in 1964, David was educated in the Sanford schools, graduating from high school in 1973. He received a bachelor of science degree from Nasson College in 1977 and a master's degree in psychology from Cornell University in 1980.

After having spent the first 35 summers of his life on Islesboro, David became a full-time island resident in 1990. David’s passion was popular music and over the years he was a member of several rock'n'roll bands, playing guitar and keyboards. He also learned the arts of mixing and recording music. His other favorite activity was juggling.

David was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) in 2011 and spent the final eight years of his life managing to live with this terrible affliction with remarkable dignity, showing gratitude to the many people who provided care and comfort to him, first at the Boardman Cottage residential care facility on Islesboro, and then at Seaport Village.

David is survived by his brother James C. Palmer and Jim’s wife Leigh Palmer of Yarmouth; his niece Elizabeth (Libby) Palmer of Houston; his nephew, Alan Palmer and Alan’s wife Meghan Palmer of New York City; and his nephew Benjamin Palmer of Yarmouth.

David’s family plans to hold a private graveside ceremony at Maple Grove Cemetery on Islesboro this summer.

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