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December 2020
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Michael Joe Palmer

Mike was born in Denver, Co at Porter Memorial Hospital to Frank and Janice Palmer on August 30, 1949. Mike was experiencing multiple health issues but peacefully passed away in his sleep on December 19, 2020 at his home in Arizona.

Most of Mike’s school years were spent in the Englewood School system and he graduated from Englewood High School in 1967. Shortly after graduation he joined the United States Marine Corps and proudly served his country from July 1967 to July 1971. After Vietnam, he was stationed at Treasure Island in San Francisco, CA and met his wife Charlene Cera and they were married on July 25, 1970 and celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary this past summer.

After the military, Mike started working in the international freight forwarding industry, which took him and his family from California to Oregon, Ohio, and finally was able to settle back in Englewood, Colorado. He retired from the industry several years ago and moved to Surprise, AZ.

Mike and Charlene have 5 children and 12 grandchildren. Daughter Kimberly (Rob) Chavez and their son Gavin, Daughter Erin and her daughters Midori, Elysia, Gianna, Daughter Marisa and her sons Caleb and Elijah, Son Justin (Christine) and their children Tori, Myler, Lukah, and twin daughters Willow and Theia, Son Conrad and his son Tacitus.

Mike is survived by his brother Frank (Butch), sister Cindy, and many nieces, nephews, uncles, aunts, cousins, and numerous friends. He was preceded in death by his Father, Mother, and sister (Sandy).

Mike enjoyed fishing, hunting, bowling, darts, billiards, and of course his favorite was to gamble.

Mike will be missed by all that knew him.


Carole Lee Hunt

Carole Lee Hunt of Litchfield Park, Arizona, passed away on the 9th of December, 2020, in Litchfield Park, Arizona. She was born on the 7th of December, 1935 to Lloyd Allen Warner and Laura Fern Parent in Klamath Falls, Oregon.

Carole was a loving mother with a kind heart through and through. She was always happy to lending an understanding ear to anyone who might need it. She also loved animals, especially horses and cats. Carole was a life-long learner and obtained a Master’s degree in teaching English as a second language. She would go on to make good use of her education in Alaska, where she spent seven years of her life, teaching English to the native Tlingit people of the region.

She is survived by her sons, Scott and Jim Crawford, three grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.

Sarah Mitchell

Sarah Mitchell of Surprise, Arizona, passed away on December 7th, 2020, in Surprise, Arizona.

Sarah was married for 63 years to Walter Mitchell. They met through Walter’s sister, a classmate of Sarah; the two fell in love and got married on an unusually warm February day in Chicago. Tired of the snow and cold, the two moved to Arizona, where she spent the remainder of her life.

Sarah was known for her great sense of humor always, bringing big laughs wherever she went.  She enjoyed big Italian dinners with her brothers, sisters, and extended family.

She is survived by her husband, Walter; daughter, Sandy Mitchell; son, Chris Mitchell and his wife Tracey; sister, Judy Gunter; brother, David Haynes; and grandchildren, Michael and Alyssa Mitchell. She was preceded in death by her parents Frank and Josephine; sisters Rosemary Madrigal, Mercedes Rossodivito, and Evelyn Sheren; brothers, Frank, and George Haynes. A private service will be held. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Arthritis Foundation.

Julie Ann Spoonmore

Julie Ann Spoonmore of Surprise, Arizona, passed away on the 25th of November, 2020, in Glendale, Arizona. She was born in Pensacola, Florida, to John Wayne Hunkapillar and Carolyn Sue Kallam on the 14th of March, 1970.

Julie was a devoted and loving, wife, mother, grandmother and aunt. She was the “go to” person for her family; their rock, always there for anyone who might need her. She was married for thirty-two years to her husband, William Dale Spoonmore. She and William had met by chance in Beaufort, South Carolina in 1987, and were married on June 17th, 1988.

Julie is survived by her large family; including two daughters, Ashley and Sarah, and three sons, William, Johnathan, and Nicholas; Her sister, Michelle; Her mother, Carolyn Loftis; Her step-mother, Lynda Hunkapillar; and her grand-children, Aiden Johnson and Olivia Reiner. She was preceded in death by her father, John Hunkapillar.

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