David Joseph Palmer
Date Of Birth: 12/06/1968
Date of Death: 05/23/2023
David Joseph Palmer of Hillsboro, Oregon (previously Hinesburg, Vermont) passed away unexpectedly on May 23rd. David was born and raised in Hinesburg, Vermont. David received an Engineering degree from Vermont Technical College and a degree in Electronics Engineering Technology from Champlain College. After working at IBM for 4 years he was hired by Nikon Precision as a Senior Field Service Engineer in 1989 and has been with Nikon ever since with his latest role being Senior Manager of Layout Design and Tool Support.
From Steve Barnett (David’s supervisor and colleague at Nikon)
“Over almost 34 years, Dave touched the lives of so many people at Nikon, customers, and other subsidiaries that he was known almost to everyone in our small industry, and had friends everywhere. It was a practical impossibility to go on a business trip with him, and not get pulled into dinner with some people you didn’t know, but he did.”
From the beginning, it was clear that Dave was not destined to have a “normal” engineer’s career, dealing more with things than with people. As soon as his ability to go to a customer, give them bad news and get them not just to accept it, but to understand it and maybe even to like it became clear, that road was closed, and his career as a far traveling, communicating, problem-solving specialist was born.
Dave moved from challenge to challenge, and seemingly never had a bad day. And by extension, the teams he led were always infused with optimism and a can-do attitude. He was always motivated by a desire to make the business better, and had perseverance far above the norm to make his ideas a reality. Those ideas…he had so many, and on so wide ranging an array of topics that there seemed an unending supply of them.
Now that we must face that the ideas have stopped, those very ideas are not what we will miss the most. We will miss our cheerful, outgoing, up-for-anything friend and colleague. A man who could regale you with funny stories about evenings at the Dog’s Nose bar in Kumagaya one minute, and give you good advice the next. We were fortunate to know him.”
David loved to travel both for work and play. He especially loved Mexico where many friends and family joined him over the years to vacation and he made regular trips to Las Vegas to visit his cousins and watch drag races.
From his Facebook Page: Just a nice guy who enjoys life and traveling and making friends. Work hard and play hard then rest.
David is survived by his father Donald Frank Palmer, mother Laurel “Chicky” Judith (Boutin) Palmer, brother and brother-in-law Roland Palmer and Mark Hackett, sister and brother-in law Josie Leavitt and Chris Leavitt, his two nieces Jasmine and Jade Leavitt, his god son Brendon Boissonneault, his god daughter Hannah Palmer, and many aunts, uncles, and cousins. A celebration of life will be held at the American Legion – 8 South Street (off Roosevelt Highway), Colchester, Vermont on Thursday June 8th from 4 to 7 PM. All are welcome. In lieu of flowers donations in David’s memory can be made to Project Hoeppner (https://projecthoeppner.com/contact).