Dudley A. (Doug) Palmer, beloved dad, educator and friend, passed away peacefully on Saturday, November 16, 2013 at the age of 81. Born in Cleveland, OH, Doug was raised in Miami where he graduated Miami Senior High School in 1950 and married Dawn Rollins and was married for 28 years. He was a member of the United States Air Force where he played the sousaphone in the Air Force Band. After his military service he graduated from the University of Florida in 1959 with a degree in Entomology and joined the State of FL Department of Agriculture Division of Plant Industries as plant inspector. Later, Doug enjoyed a teaching career spanning 28 years at Broward Community College in Davie, FL, where he established the first Pest Control Technology Program in the state and also the Fumigation School. He successfully maintained a second career as owner of the Pest Control Tutoring School where Doug taught and mentored countless students seeking state certification for more than 40 years. Doug is survived by his longtime friend and companion Letty Long of Avon Park, FL and his three loving children Hank (Deborah) Charlotte, NC; Arden (Mark) Griffith Windermere, FL; Susan Palmer, Plantation, FL; his grandchildren Matthew (Natalie) Birmingham, AL; Garrett, Charlotte, NC; and his great-grandchild Mason, Birmingham, AL.
A celebration of life will be held on Monday, November 25th, in the Olmsted House at Bok Tower Botanical Gardens 1151 Tower Blvd, Lake Wales, FL 33853 at 12:00pm. A graveside service will be held the same day at 10:00am for family and close friends at the Lakeview Memorial Gardens, 854 Memorial Dr., Avon Park, FL.