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Missionary Leaves Unique Legacy after Death

Matthew Palmer was described by his family as a gifted pianist, a young man with a huge smile, and someone who devoted his life to serving others. "Ever since Matthew was born, he would be what you’d call a good kid … He was kind and sweet and ambitious, good-natured and happy," life-long neighbor Marilyn Workman said. Palmer, 19, who had dreams of studying in the medical field at the University of Utah, always knew he wanted to serve a mission for the LDS Church. Just 10 months into his mission in Madagascar, he died from a condition his family described as similar to a brain aneurysm.

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