Kent Palmer, 47, loved baseball, beer and the environment

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Kent David Palmer, 47, of Madison, Wis., formerly of Oak Park, died on Nov. 28, 2011 in his home from complications of diabetes. Born in Chicago on March 30, 1964 to David and Marilyn J. (Erickson) Palmer, he graduated from Oak Park and River Forest High School where he was a member of the 1981 state championship baseball team. He attended the University of Illinois - Circle Campus, and graduated with honors in 1986. During his college years, Kent worked as a Greenpeace team leader, helping to raise funds to support environmental causes. He moved to Madison, Wis., where he started a "green" landscaping business before being "green" was popular.

Mr. Palmer became an alderman for the city of Madison, a post he held for four years and worked as circulation manager for Madison Magazine. His passion for beer led him to start a beer blog for the magazine. He loved to suggest pairing specialty beers with food.

He was also an avid musician. He played guitar and was the lead vocalist in a three-piece band from the time he arrived in Madison until 2010, when complications from diabetes restricted his functioning. In spite of his health issues, he was recently employed by the State of Wisconsin, Department of Justice.

Mr. Palmer started playing baseball in the youth league in Oak Park and continued to play after his college years in a league in the Madison area. He loved all aspects of the game.

He married twice, first to his college sweetheart, Cathy (Sapyta) Palmer, and then to Cindy (Parmer) Palmer of Cambridge. He is survived by his mother, Marilyn Palmer of Oak Park; his father, David Palmer; and his brother, Christopher Palmer of Oak Park.

A memorial service was held at Gunderson East Funeral Home in Madison on Dec. 3.

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