James Bruner Palmquist

James Bruner Palmquist

It is with heavy hearts and fond memories that we announce the passing of James “Jim” Palmquist, a beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend, who left us on May 28th, 2024, at the age of seventy-seven. Known for his quick wit and contagious laughter, Jim had a knack for turning the simplest moments into cherished memories, leaving everyone around him in stitches with his legendary jokes, and funny anecdotes. Jim was the life of the party, the cornerstone of every gathering, and the friend you could always count on.

Jim graduated from PSJA High School in 1965 and went on to earn a degree from Texas A&M University-Commerce. Before attending college, Jim proudly served his country as an Army Staff Sergeant and Air Traffic Controller.

After his time in the service Jim continued to serve his community with the same passion and commitment. He was extremely active in the American Legion belonging to Post 101 Pharr and Post 498 in Port Isabel. Also serving as the Chairman of the Board of the United Way of South Texas, Chairman of the Board of the McAllen Chamber of Commerce, McAllen Greeters and other civic organizations, always striving to make a positive impact.

Jim’s career with Rio Grande Valley Gas Co., now ONEOK, Inc., spanned over three decades, during which he made significant contributions in serving families and businesses in the Rio Grande Valley. Jim’s generosity and compassion leaves behind a legacy of selflessness and love.

He was preceded in death by his parents Roger and Patsy Palmquist; his brother Timothy Palmquist and his son, Christopher Palmquist.

Jim leaves behind his wife, Shawn Hofland-Palmquist, daughter, Stacy Palmquist, son, Paul (Bria) Hofland, daughter, Courtney Hofland, brothers Michael (Shannon) and Patrick Palmquist, and his four beloved grandchildren.

A 21-gun salute memorial service will be held at the Rio Grande Valley State Veterans Cemetery in Mission, Texas on June 28, 2024, at 10 am. Jim, you will be dearly missed and forever remembered.

Services are under the guidance of Sunset Memorial Funeral Home, Crematory & Flower Shop. 657 Springmart Blvd., Brownsville, Texas. (956) 350-8485