Larkin Mortuary

Grant Hart Palmer

08/17/1940 - 09/25/2017

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Grant Hart Palmer died on September 25, 2017 after a courageous battle with cancer. Grant was born the first of 7 boys on August 17, 1940 to Merlin and Elna Hart Palmer in Salt Lake City. He graduated from Olympus High in 1958 and from the U of U with a BA, BYU with a MA and PhD work at BYU in U.S. History. He served in the Army in 1959. He served an Eastern states LDS Mission from 1960-62. In 1964, he married Kathy Dahlin in the Salt Lake LDS Temple. In November 1992, she preceded him in death after 28 years of marriage. Survived by 4 children Karl (Jill), Julie (Rob Cheney), Rhett (Lisa), Tamara (Tyson Stokes). Married Connie Child in 1993. Survived by 5 step-children Dustin (Caron), Sanya (Justin), David (Jenny), Laura (David Leishman), Jon (Heather). He worked for the LDS Church Education System for 34 years. He taught Institute in New Zealand, California, Brighton High Seminary and counseled inmates as a Chaplain at the Salt Lake County jail for 13 years. He served on the Board of Directors of Legal Defenders. He authored three books, An Insider’s View of Mormon Origins, The Incomparable Jesus, and Restoring Christ. He has penned many articles in various publications. He enjoyed his flower gardens, homing pigeons and parakeets. He loved to travel and saw much of the world. Dad said, “The world is the best book.” He recently took his family (26) on an epic cruise through Alaska. He is survived by wife Connie, four children, five step children and 13 grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, September 29, 2017 at Larkin Sunset Gardens, 1950 East Dimple Dell Drive (10600 South) in Sandy. A viewing will be held Thursday evening from 6-8 p.m. and Friday morning from 9-10:30 a.m. prior to the services.

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  • To Grant’s family, friends and all who loved him,
    I just want to add my love and support to all of you. Grant was a very special man, with a faithful and sincere heart and an amibitious drive for truth which has strengthened me in tough moments. I love his humor and ability to get right to the heart of the matter with impactful insight.
    May all of you be blessed with joy and happy rememberances, and may the Lord comfort you in the moments you need it most
    All the best, Josh

    — Joshua Snyder
  • The Parrott family have many fond memories of all the Palmers. We have one more friend to meet us when we “graduate”. KP

    — Karen Parrott
  • Grant will be so missed by so many and I think everyone who knew him shed a tear today.

    May God bless all who mourn him and may you find comfort through Him and through His Grace.

    — Jo House Eaton