Wynn is the son and grandson of St. Maries Pioneers who settled here in the 1890’s.
Charles and Edith Harrigan, his grandparents, were co-owners of the first mill in St. Maries; the “Milwaukee Mill’.
Helen Harrigan, Wynn’s mother, along with her siblings Everett and Wayne, were born and raised in St. Maries, Idaho
Wynn was born August 24, 1943 in Spokane, Washington, to Lowell M. Palmerton and Helen Catherine Harrigan Palmerton, of St. Marries, Idaho. He joined big brothers; Lowell “Pat” Palmerton and George Miles Palmerton. The family lived in Idaho for a short while before relocating to Seattle where his father had secured a job with the Army Corp of Engineers. There his father learned the surveying trade, eventually forming his own company “Continental Engineering” in Seattle. Beginning at a very early age Wynn, along with two brothers, worked in the family business. Although his two older brothers left the family business, Wynn remained until, after 50 years in business, it was sold, and Wynn retired.
Preceded in death by his parents, Lowell M. Palmerton and Helen Catherine Harrigan Palmerton, and brother Lowell “Pat” Palmerton.
Wynn leaves behind his son, Todd Miles Palmerton (Mikaela Bernstein), grandchildren Sawyer Christine and Tacoma Miles Palmerton, brother George Miles Palmerton (Gloria Green Palmerton), nieces, nephews, cousins, and extended family and friends.
Born into a very gifted musical family, his mother, Helen, was a concert pianist and teacher, all the boys learned to sing at an early age. While both brothers continued on in the music and entertainment industry, Wynn, while a talented singer, choose to continue in the family business until it’s sale He was extremely proud of his Irish heritage and also very proud of the fact that Bing Crosby was one of his cousins.
A lifelong resident of Seattle, Wynn continued through school with many friends he met as a small child while living on Stone Ave. He and his friends were proud to be the first graduating class of Ingraham High School.
Once Wynn was your friend, you were ALWAYS his friend. He went out of his way to be there for others; anytime, anywhere.
Wynn attended the University of Washington four years, however, just short of graduation the Vietnam war broke out. Wynn dropped out of college and enlisted in the Navy, serving in the Sea Bee’s in Danang and up-country areas. Fiercely loyal, proud and patriotic, he told his family he enlisted as it was his duty, ‘ to do his part’ to protect family, friends and country.
Following his return from Vietnam Wynn met and married Christine Riley in 1976, later blessed with a son, Todd Miles Palmerton.
Wynn’s lifelong passion was for the game of Billiards, learned at an early age with his buddies from Stone Avenue. An accomplished player, he participated in tournaments locally and nationwide, and was proud to have earned the ‘Master’ pool designation in 2016.
Wynn’s principals, honesty, loyalty, integrity, love of family, friends and country were iron clad. Not simply words to him. They shaped his way of life. Anyone, family or friend were lucky to have him in their life and were better people because of him. Always there to provide support and positive reinforcement, who without his love, caring, devotion and discipline may have lived very different lives.
Wynn is, and will be forever, dearly loved and missed.
Family and Friends are invited to the Memorial Service for Wynn, to be held on Saturday, August 24, 2019 at 12:00 noon, Woodlawn Cemetery, St. Maries, Idaho. Immediately following the service, we would like to invite family and friends to join us for lunch at the home of Don & Sally Seiler, 1322 Mutch Creek Drive, St. Maries, Idaho, 83861. (208) 585-6341. Please visit his online memorial at hodgefuneralhome.com.