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In Memory of Stephen Palmer Sr.
STEPHEN PALMER SR., a Caltrans landscape maintenance worker, died from injuries after being struck by a trolley while on the job May 4, 2011. Stephen Sr. began working for Caltrans in 2007, where he quickly worked his way into playing an integral role and becoming a proud member of District 11's Imperial Landscape Crew. Now, at the maintenance yard where the landscape crew gets together, the chair where Stephen used to sit stands empty. It serves as reminder of just how precious life is. And it brings to mind the man who was right in the middle of it and gave his life serving the people of California.
He treasured his family and did all he possibly could for each and every one of them. He is survived by his sons Stephen Jr. (Sherry) of Chula Vista, who also works for District 11 Maintenance, Richard Asperin (Lynette) of Colorado, and Gilbert Asperin (Teri) of Oceanside, and one daughter Sherry Yafuso (Ronnie) of Chula Vista. In addition, he is survived by three sisters, three brothers and thirteen grandchildren.