Alan Brooks Palmer went to his heavenly home on November 10, 2020 at his home in Allen, Oklahoma surrounded by his loving family after dealing with multiple health issues and pneumonia twice this year. He was 73.
He was born in Ada, Oklahoma on August 19, 1947 to Alice and Albert Palmer. He was the youngest of six children.
He lived in Allen most of his life graduating from Allen High School where he had enjoyed playing in the band for the Allen Mustangs under director Tommy Allen.
He was an active member of the Ada First Assembly of God. He loved southern gospel music and used his beautiful voice to sing praises to his Lord. In his younger days he was a member of a quartet group at his local church.
Brooks loved people and never met a stranger. After becoming a Christian, when speaking to friends or a stranger, he often ended the conversation by reminding them of their need for Jesus Christ as their Savior.
He lived in Moore, Oklahoma for a few years and worked for Oklahoma City as a building inspector in the Building & Planning Division. He didn’t like the “big city” and moved back to Allen. He enjoyed working with his hands and became interested in small engines. He was the store manager for Batey Small Engines in Ada for 15 years until his retirement in 2007; Brooks then owned and operated White Dove Small Engines at his home. He was also a dealer for Dolmar Power equipment.
He loved to share his knowledge and give advice even after being reminded by his wife, not to unless it was asked for. However, he didn’t always listen to her.
One of his greatest joys in life was becoming a Dad in 1983. He enjoyed watching his son Greg play basketball in his high school years. Later in life he became a “Poppa” to his beloved granddaughter Tessa. He retired shortly after she was born and was able to spend a lot of time with her. He watched all the kid TV shows with her... multiple times; took drives in the country to see the trees, cows and buffalo; picked up rocks and shells at Holdenville lake; and they enjoyed breakfast or lunch at the Allen diner. They loved to play games. When she was two, she completely covered him up with all her toys as she piled them on top of him when he was in his recliner. It was a sight to see. After he became so sick, she would lay beside him to watch movies or silly videos or read to him. He loved to spend time with his family.
Preceding him in death were his parents, Alice and Albert Palmer; two sisters, Mary Lou Chilcoat and Donna Gilman; and a brother, Clifford Palmer.
He is survived by his loving wife Sharon of 27 years; sons Greg Palmer and wife Heather of Allen, Damon Hatton of Seminole, and Chris Hatton and wife Gloria of Ada; grandchildren Tessa Palmer of Allen, and Tyler Hatton of Ada; sister Patricia Allen and her husband William “Bill” Allen of Mayhill, New Mexico; 13 nieces and nephews; his best friend Royce Gideon of Davis, Oklahoma, multiple cousins and a host of friends.
A private family service will be held.