The Verde Pride 2014 Businessman of the Year is Steve Palmer.
Steve and his wife, April, own the Westcott Funeral Home in Cottonwood. Both are originally from the Boston area. They have no children but own three frisky Boston Terriers.
Steve started in the funeral business early, as a junior in high school in Boston. He lived in California from 1990 through 1996 and then purchased Westcott Funeral Home in 1997.
Steve brings dignity to every memorial service and takes the extra steps to fully honor veterans when possible. He has also been active in the professional organizations that help him stay up to date as a funeral director, holding leadership positions that take him to other cities and always learning and improving.
Steve has taken leadership roles in the Cottonwood Lions Club since first moving to Cottonwood and has been president twice. He currently serves as secretary.
He has chaired the White Cane Day and the Drive Safely campaign on the first day of school as well. Steve has also being active in raising money and collecting used eyeglasses to be used for people with impaired vision but low income.
Steve has a lifelong interest in helping people with developmental and cognitive disabilities, and is active on the Board of Directors for YES the ARC in Cottonwood.
For several years, he has also been on the Board of Trustees for Rainbow Acres in Camp Verde. Steve brings his passion for this vulnerable sector of our community to life by helping to present "Promising Futures" for guests at Rainbow Acres.
"In any place I have lived I have always been involved with mentally disabled agencies," said Palmer. "I always like to help out people that really want to do well; people that are having a struggle and want to improve themselves. They aren't looking for much. They really just want to become full citizens. They are very worthwhile causes; two different kinds of agencies doing the same kind of work."
Steve can always be counted upon to sponsor worthwhile charitable activities in all areas of our local lifestyle. He is a faithful Christian who practices his faith by active participation in his world, and he is a consummate professional in his business, always serving grieving families with compassion. He offers free seminars to help those who have lost loved ones work through their difficult time of loss and the stages of grief.
The traveling Vietnam Memorial was brought to Cottonwood largely through Steve's involvement, as was the presentation about the 9/11 tragedy and its aftermath for first responders on that terrible day.
His nomination form states, "Steve Palmer is a caring individual who has been an absolute blessing to his community, his church, and to his profession."
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