Michael Jon Palmer

December 13, 1943 – November 26, 2023


Michael, known to most by Mike or Mickey, of Auburn, Alabama, passed away on November 26, 2023. He was born at Station Hospital, Stewart Field, in Newburgh, NY. His parents, both deceased, were John Albert Palmer and Elaine Quackenbush Palmer, both of Walden, NY. Mike lived in Walden with his wife, Nancy, and their four children until he moved to Auburn, AL in 1995.

He worked as an electrical engineer at IBM in Yorktown Heights, NY for 32 years until he retired and moved to Auburn, where he worked for another 25 years for the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering at Auburn University. He was passionate about his career, worked hard, and was very successful.

Mike enjoyed working on his property at home as well, which he had cultivated and created. He took great joy in maintaining it on his tractors, mowers, and with lots of elbow grease. He had vision and created what he dreamed.

He loved sports; he loved playing and watching them. He encouraged all four of his children to be athletes. He had high expectations but was always there to motivate and support.

He also loved to cook and try out new recipes. Mike was a fantastic neighbor. His neighbors were his friends; he was always there for them to lend a hand or to share with them something he had cooked.

To know Mike was to love him. He will be greatly missed by his friends, his neighbors, and his family, all of whom wish they had a little more time with him. 

He is preceded in death by his first wife of 55 years, Nancy. He is survived by his four children: Jon (Ivy) Palmer of Shelburne Falls, MA; Scott Palmer, Fairhope, AL;
Jill (Clint) Adams, Auburn, AL; Mark (Ryan) Palmer, Auburn, AL; and his six grandchildren, Jaxon and Rosco Palmer, Lucy and Scarlet Adams, and Presley and Eden Palmer.

He is also survived by his current wife, MaryAnn Nellis, Auburn, AL.