Wasilla resident Thomas Loren Palm died Sunday, June 23, 2002, of natural causes near his home. He was 39.
A visitation is planned from 1 to 3 p.m. today at the Latter-day Saint's Church at 159 Marydale St. in Soldotna. A reception will follow at the home of Robert Palm Sr. on Mackey Lake Road. Call 260-3493 for directions.
Mr. Palm was born Aug. 24, 1962, at Riverside Community Hospital in Riverside, Calif.
He made his career as a roughneck in the Alaska oil fields of Nabors for more than 15 years.
"Thomas was truly one of God's special angels. His children were his life. He loved them with all his being. Thomas was a devoted father, brother and son. He enjoyed fishing, boating and was a lover of animals. He will be remembered for his sense of humor and ability to make his friends and family laugh. He was a skilled sous-chef of Asian cuisine. We will remember his endless efforts to satisfy and create for his family and friends," his family said.
Mr. Palm is survived by his children, Emery, 14, Timothy, 13, and Naomi, 4; mother, Penelope Cheek; father, Robert Earl Palm; sister, Vicki La Fleur; brother, Ronald A. Palm; sister, Christiana Angela Guccione; grandmothers, Cora Palm and Marianne Fisher; nieces, Aleasha and Andrea La Fleur, Tiffany and Courtney Palm, Alex Estes, Trinity Lout and Cheyana Hutchings; nephew, Aaron La Fleur; brother-in-laws, Kenny Miller and Milton Estes; sister-in-law, Tracy Palm; stepfather, Rick Cheek; and the mothers of Thomas' children, Varangporn Palm and Karen Mills.
In lieu of flowers, donations to Thomas' children can be made through First National Bank Soldotna, account No. 70158407, c/o Vicki Palm La Fleur.
Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel.
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