Founder of grower-shipper J.F. Palmer dies

07/31/2003 12:00:00 AM
Ryan Swarts

As a farmer, he knew that droughts can come as quickly and last much longer than a Texas thunderstorm. He knew it wasn’t supposed to be easy.

“He lived and breathed agriculture. He applied the philosophy that success is not easy, and he would do literally whatever it took to accomplish the task,” Gary Palmer said.

If it meant staying up all night to get work done, Gary Palmer said his dad would do it.

Even at dusk, after a day’s work had been finished, his truck would be out there by the fields some nights. He just needed to get another look.

“You’ve got to have a lot of discipline to stick with it,” Forrest Palmer said after his induction into the hall of fame. “You can’t get too down in the mouth about it when times are tough. A better day will come.”

His dad never was his best friend but a mentor, Gary Palmer said. With his guide gone, he will have to find his own way.

But they’ll always have the fields.

In addition to Gary and Mike, he is survived by his wife of 48 years, Bennie Lee Palmer; daughter, Jane Alexander; son, Danny; and eight grandchildren.


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Cheryl Bailey    
San Antonio, TX  |  January, 15, 2012 at 12:49 AM

What an Amazingly Incredible story of heart wrenching love and determination for business and for Mankind! Thank you so much ffor sharing your story...soo Respected and Appreciated.

William Pabon    
brownsville, tx  |  April, 25, 2013 at 09:19 AM

Sorry for your loss Gary, what an incredible story. Will always keep you and your family in my prayers. You are definitely a story yourself and i know your dad be proud. Thanks for sharing his story, it reminded me of other farmers i have met; those that we call "real farmers", there in there 70s and still out there loving the land. God bless them all. As a former truck driver i do miss those onion hauls :). As a freight broker agent, now everytime i send an onion load i will always think of this story. Take care and God Bless

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