Mark R. Palmer, 67

December 30, 2023

Mark R. Palmer, age 67 of Lititz, passed away on Saturday, December 30, 2023 at Lancaster General Hospital. Born in Lancaster, Mark was the son of the late Elmer M. and Anna Mae (Miller) Palmer, Sr.

Mark attended Warwick School district and graduated from Warwick High School. During his high school years, he worked part time as a custodian for the high school and after graduating, became full time. He was a huge supporter and fan of Warwick sports.

Mark was known for his deep affection for animals. His compassion extended to furry friends of all shapes and sizes. His kindness knew no bounds and he would often go out of his way to care for animals in need. His connection with animals reflected his gentle and giving nature.

One of the most cherished aspects of Mark’s legacy was his role as the neighborhood Santa Claus. Every holiday season, he would don the iconic red suit and spread joy to children and families in the community. His generosity knew no bounds, and his portrayal of Santa Claus brought smiles to the faces of countless children.

Mark will be remembered not only for his dedication to his work and his passion for Warwick sports but also for the warmth and generosity he shared with everyone around him. His selflessness and caring nature have left an indelible mark on the hearts of those who had the privilege of knowing him.

Mark is survived by his brother, Elmer M. Palmer, Jr. of Reading, PA.

A graveside service will be held Tuesday, January 9, 2024 at Longenecker Church of the Brethren Cemetery, 642 Temperance Hill Rd, Lititz, PA. 17543, at 11am.

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January 28, 2024

Although I didn’t work with Mark that often, I enjoyed hearing about all the meals he made and how much he enjoyed his life. He always walked through the door with a smile and never complained.  He must have been a great Santa because he loved to make people laugh.
He will be missed by many of us at GMTRC.
My condolences to his family and friends. 
Cookie Sandoe

January 24, 2024

I am so greatly saddened to read of Mark’s passing. I was his horse leader for quite some time. I was always happy on a Monday morning knowing I would be seeing him. He was a kind, funny and loved and he was just a pleasure to work with. He was quick witted and made us laugh every lesson. His enjoyment of cowboy shows was always a topic of conversation. We would often laughingly tell him, “No Mark, it is not giddy up”! That never failed to make me smile. His sharing of his meals also made us hungry but we enjoyed hearing what he enjoyed making. He loved hishorse buddies Lucy and Violet and they loved him back.  It will not be the same for me on Monday mornings at the barn.  He will be greatly missed. 
Rita Andrescavage (lesson horse leader)

January 24, 2024

I met Mark during his time as a horseback rider at Greystone Manor.  He loved riding! He was always happy to learn something new and improve his skills. 
He kept all the volunteers amused (and hungry) with his stories about the meals he was cooking. 
I’m sad to hear about his death. I hope his family knows he brought happiness to the people and horses at the Greystone Manor Therapeutic horseback riding program. He will be missed at the barn. 
Zoa Kile, Greystone Manor volunteer

January 24, 2024

Mark brought so much light and laughter to the barn when he came for riding lessons at GMTRC. He spread joy to those around him with his recounts of the fabulous breakfast or dinner he had.  Honestly he made me hungry!   I had the privilege of teaching Mark how to ride his sweet girl Lucy.  My heart swelled when he was able to ride Lucy independently through an obstacle course for the first time.  He will be greatly missed around the barn. Blessings from Mark’s former instructor,

January 23, 2024

Mark was one of our favorite riding students at Greystone Manor Therapeutic Riding Center.  He brought us all so much joy with his stories about his life and his cat Snowball.  His love for his horses Lucy and Violet knew no bounds.  Mark also loved to share his fondness for cooking special meals,  and made us hungry for lunch on Mondays!  What a gentle and loving man.  Everyone at GMTRC will miss Mark’s laughter.  We send our thanks to the many friends who assured Mark had a safe ride to his weekly lessons.  He was blessed with many wonderful friends.  Fondly, Marks horseback riding instructor, Linda

January 09, 2024

Mark,  thanks for being a caring and fun guy. I enjoyed hearing stories of your family and caregivers. You have a wonderful memory for details. Thanks for taking good care of Greta and Bud. 
Don Brubaker

January 03, 2024

Mark u were special in your own way.i will cherish our times together 
Dawn lott

January 03, 2024

Mark was a kind soul , we only knew him for a short time but in that time we got to know him and we are proud to call him friend. He will always be a part of our family’s heart . Sending our heartfelt prayers to Junior and ro all if the many many peoples lives and heart he touched in his lifetime. We will truly be missed. 🙏❤
The Dunn family Trevor,Gary,Roberta

January 03, 2024

Mark was truely a remarkable man, he brought joy and laughter to many!  He will be remembered fondly and his smile still brightens my thoughts.
Catherine Deery

January 02, 2024

Mark has been a good friend and “brother” to us for the last 11 years.  We enjoyed holidays, especially birthdays, together.  He was always faithful with cards and good wishes.  He will be missed by our family and others in the Lititz area whose lives he touched with his sense of humor, stories of his childhood, and good times shared.  Our condolences go out to Junior who will surely miss his baby brother greatly!
Love, Mike, Mary, Jim and Eric Schreiner

Tuesday, January 09, 2024
11:00 AM
Longenecker Church of the Brethren Cemetery
642 Temperance Hill Rd
Lititz, PA 17543
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