Franklin Palmer II, 71, of Alpine, Utah, passed away suddenly
on December 5, 2017.
John was born on February 26, 1946 in Farmington, New Mexico,
the second child of John Franklin (Frank) Palmer and Claudia
Irene Rhoads. John served a mission for the Church of Jesus
Christ of Latter-day Saints in Chile and earned bachelor’s
and master’s degrees in mathematics at Brigham Young
University and the University of Michigan, respectively.
He received his Ph.D. in computer science from Stanford
University in 1974. John spent his career making contributions
in the computer industry. At Intel, his work culminated
in managing the successful design of the 8087 Math coprocessor,
and in the adoption of the IEEE 754 standard for floating-point
arithmetic. He went on to co-found and served as CEO of
nCUBE, a company that pioneered important advancements in
parallel computing. John was awarded patents for inventions
at both companies. Following the sale of nCUBE, John worked
at Thinking Machines and at Applied Minds and Applied Invention,
where in recent years he particularly enjoyed mentoring
younger technology entrepreneurs. He also taught courses
John loved serving as an active member of the Church of
Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Recently, he enjoyed
being an ordinance worker in the Mount Timpanogos Temple.
As a boy and in high school, John was a very good basketball
and baseball player and enjoyed playing on successful teams
with his brother Steve, many of which were coached by his
dad. As an adult, John coached youth soccer and loved attending
the many sporting, musical and dramatic events his children,
step-children and grandchildren participated in.
John is survived by his wife Kathryn and their seventeen
children from their previous marriages. They are David (Sonja),
James (Melinda), Joseph (Heather), Matthew (Clairon), Sarah,
Jesse (Natalie), Sam (Vanessa), Elizabeth, Seth and Thomas,
from John’s marriage to Sally Broadbent Palmer, and
Rick Parry (Kristi), David Parry (Hilary), Adriane Hapgood
(Tom),Jimmy Parry (Melissa), Olivia Parry, Emily Cox (Todd)
and Ilene Payne (Jay), from Kathryn’s previous marriage.
John is also survived by his sister, Lynne Van Dam, his
brother, Steve, and 52 beloved grandchildren.
Funeral services will be at 11:00 am on Friday, December
15, 2017 at the Alpine Cove Ward LDS Church, 1125 East Alpine
Boulevard, Alpine, Utah. Family and friends may call on
Thursday, December 14, 2017 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at the
church and again on Friday morning from 9:30 to 10:30 am
prior to services. Interment will be at the Alpine City