We’d like to thank Juneau Sen. Dennis Egan for his current effort to rename the Auke Bay Ferry Terminal after our dear friend Frank Palmer, who passed away last year. Palmer was a life-long Juneauite who touched many lives, and we hope the community will rally around Egan’s bill, SB 95.
Palmer was born in Juneau and drove trucks locally for five decades, becoming a universally liked and respected fixture at the ferry terminal. Few could maneuver trailers from the ferries like Palmer , who worked for Orme Transfer, Lyndon Transport and Alaska Marine Lines and at one point was part owner of Douglas Trucking. He loved driving trucks and worked hard at it, regularly getting out of bed in the middle of the night to meet a ferry. In the rainiest, snowiest weather and at all hours, he unloaded the boats and delivered the food, books, furniture and other local goods we might take for granted. And he always did it safely and with a big smile, right up until the time he passed away.
Aside from being great at what he did, Palmer was also among the most generous and kind-hearted people we’ve ever known. With his wonderful wife, Patti Palmer, he opened his heart and the door to his home to many visitors and new arrivals to Juneau, hosting and helping newcomers out of the goodness of his heart. To his friends, he was great company and always good for a laugh or to lend a hand. He handled life’s hardships with grace, patience and generosity. And he loved Juneau and its community.
We’ll never forget Frank Palmer for the joy he brought to our life and his example as a generous and hard-working man. We know there are many who feel the same and we think naming the Auke Bay terminal after him is the perfect way to honor one of Juneau’s finest. If you would like to express your support for SB 95, contact Chester Carson in Egan’s office for more information at 465-4947.
Barbara and Tim Lydon