Our beloved father, husband, brother, uncle, and friend, Mark Scott Palmer, 61, passed away surrounded by his loved ones on Thursday, March 28, 2013 in Gilbert, Arizona. Mark began his time with us on April 14, 1951 in St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada. He is preceded in death by his parents, James Edward Wallace III and Dorothy Jean (Hookey) Palmer. He married his sweetheart, Karen Marie (Giesen) Palmer in Creede, Colorado on August 17, 1998. After graduating from Temple High School in Temple Texas, Mark continued his education at Temple College and many other technical schools over the years furthering his construction knowledge. In 1968, Mark joined the Unites States Army with a specialty of Field Radio Mechanics. Mark was a decorated Vietnam veteran earning National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal and two Overseas Bars. He was also recognized as an Expert Rifleman with the M-14 and M-16. Mark had a passion for the sport teams of Texas specifically, the Dallas Cowboys and Texas Longhorns. He was very fond of the Ford Mustang owning 13 different ones through the years. He was considered by many to have a fun-at-heart spirit and enjoyed playing board games, cards, and domino's. He was very good joke teller and had a wonderful sense of humor. Mark had many talents, some included baking, specifically Christmas cookies, cooking, pencil drawings and music. In addition, Mark loved spending time with his dogs, Luna and Megan. Most importantly, Mark was a wonderful father, loving husband, and was always loyal to family, friends. and co-workers. Mark is survived by his son, Samuel Adair Palmer, wife, and siblings Kathy Palmer Czerwieski of Texas, Lorraine Dale Palmer of Texas, and James Edward (Linda Palmer) Wallace IV of Alabama. He is also survived by his nephews John (Megan) Arthur Czerwieski of Texas, Kevin (Belinda) Wayne Czerwieski of Texas, Mike Palmer of Texas, Jeff Palmer of Texas, and niece Heather (Jeremy) Smith of Alabama, great nephews and nieces, Gavin Wayne Czerwieski of Texas, Alissa, Grace and Raylan Smith of Alabama and cousins throughout California. A Celebration of Life will be held at 6:00 pm on Saturday, April 6, 2013 at the Best Western Dallas Hotel located 8051 LBJ Freeway, Dallas, Texas 75251. (972) 680-3000. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice of the Valley. A special thank you to Banner Good Samaritan Hospital, Hospice of the Valley and to all the family and friends who have offered and shown their support during this time of grief. Arrangements made by SereniCare Funeral Home, Tempe, Arizona.