Eugene Palmer attended Sand Springs High School from 1947 to 1950 and was a talented player on the baseball, football, and basketball teams. In his senior year he received the Apollo Cup and was named Commander Mills Outstanding Player.
He was Co-Captain of the football team from 1949 to 1950 and was named to the All-Conference teams for both football and basketball, and was an All-State Honorable Mention for football. He played halfback for the football team for two years and played three years as a forward for the basketball team.
Sandite Football went 7-4 his senior year, falling in the first round of the playoffs.
Sandite Basketball went undefeated for the Verdigris Valley Conference Championship in the 1949-1950 season and finished with a 27-1-1 record.
Eugene married Mary Rose "Moe Palmer" on November 11, 1950 and had four children: Gary, Pam, Marilyn, and Scott.
Palmer worked at Hoerner Box in Sand Springs, which later became Stone Container, where he retired after 47 years of service.