Donald MacClelland Palmer

12 September 1929–16 August 1964 (Age 34)
Center Township, Pottawattamie, Iowa, United States

The Life of Donald MacClelland

When Donald MacClelland Palmer was born on 12 September 1929, in Center Township, Pottawattamie, Iowa, United States, his father, Sidney Lester Palmer, was 37 and his mother, Cecile Marie Rodwell, was 34. He lived in Rural, Linn, Iowa, United States in 1935 and Venice, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, United States in 1964. He died on 16 August 1964, in Santa Monica, Los Angeles, California, United States, at the age of 34, and was buried in San Diego, San Diego, California, United States.

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Sidney Lester Palmer
Cecile Marie Rodwell
Pauline Lavon Palmer
Norval Leroy Palmer
Wanda Lee Palmer
Donald MacClelland Palmer
Myrtle Dell Palmer
Lester Duane Palmer

Parents and Siblings



    Pauline Lavon Palmer


    Norval Leroy Palmer


    Wanda Lee Palmer




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World Events (8)


Age 2

The Star-Spangled Banner is adopted as the national anthem.
1937 · Los Angeles California Temple

Age 8

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced the Los Angeles California Temple on March 6, 1937. 

Age 12

Japanese attack Pearl Harbor.

Name Meaning

1 English: from Middle English, Old French palmer, paumer (from palme, paume ‘palm tree’, Latin palma), a nickname for someone who had been on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land. Such pilgrims generally brought back a palm branch as proof that they had actually made the journey, but there was a vigorous trade in false souvenirs, and the term also came to be applied to a cleric who sold indulgences.2 Swedish (Palmér): ornamental name formed with palm ‘palm tree’ + the suffix -ér, from Latin -erius ‘descendant of’.3 Irish: when not truly of English origin (see 1 above), a surname adopted by bearers of Gaelic Ó Maolfhoghmhair ( see Milford ) perhaps because they were from an ecclesiastical family.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • Donald M Palmer in household of Sidney L Palmer, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Donald M Palmer in household of Sidney L Palmer, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Donald in entry for Mrs Cecile M Palmer, "United States, GenealogyBank Historical Newspaper Obituaries, 1815-2011"

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