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Howard Stuart Glenn

October 29, 1935 — January 24, 2007

Howard Stuart Glenn

Howard was born in Prescott in a small house on Montezuma Street. on October 29, 1935 to Bernard D. Glenn & Margaret Shirley Glenn.  He passed away at Hospice of Arizona in Phoenix on January 24, 2007.   Howard is survived by his wife, Loretta, son, Wesley, Steven Moore and Tamara Moody.  Grandchildren: Aaron Glenn, Heather and Chandler Moore.  Kira and Kaya Kromschroeder.   Great-Grandchildren:  Paris, Teyah, Aaron, Jr., Brougan  & Donovan. Additionally, Howard had many beloved nieces, nephews and special in-laws. His daughter Katie died in Tucson shortly after her birth in 1956.    Howard lost his mother here in Prescott when he was just four years old.  His Dad died when Howard was 21.  Howard would often speak of his Dad, Always with utmost respect.    His siblings are as follows:  An older brother, Bernard Glenn, Three older sisters, Genevieve Jobski, Virginia O?Lena and Shirley Stanley.  Sadly, They have all passed away. . Howard started First grade in a one-room schoolhouse at Vulture Mine near Wickenburg. At age six while living at the mine, he went exploring too close to a cactus and couldn?t get the spines out. He couldn?t walk any further so he just laid down in a wash and went to sleep. Meanwhile the entire community was out looking for him.  Additionally, he gave his first and only stage performance in a Christmas program at Vulture Mine School.  He could still recite his part in that play.  Recently his picture was taken in front of the old schoolhouse.    He laughed to see he had weathered the years better than the old schoolhouse.     As a child, he lived in several northern Arizona towns including Seligman where his Dad was Sheriff.  One day Howard and a friend found a ring of Federal cattle car seals near the train depot.  They took the seals, probably a federal offense, and started pasting them all over town.  They were happily walking down Route 66 with the remaining seals in hand when Howard?s Dad pulled up in his car and told the boys to get in.  Mr. Glenn took Dale home then he took Howard to the Seligman Jail and locked him in a cell.  He then made it clear to Howard the error of his ways.  Howard never forgot that lesson or the loving teaching of his Dad.  It was a special demonstration of his father?s character and ultimately, Howard?s.   Later, moving to Wickenburg, Howard attended High School.  Played football, many other sports and worked for some of the nearby dude ranches.  He participated in rodeos and even rode a horse in a western movie. As a teenager, he helped with his Dad?s well drilling business, spending his summers on a ranch in Nevada as a real working cowboy. Subsequently, moving on to the mining industry. He partnered with his nephew Johnny Jobski in a towing business and finally, retired from a high level administrative position with the Phoenix Union High School District.   He learned to work on and run equipment early in life.  He took pride in this and could run almost any type of heavy equipment.  He enjoyed a challenge...    Howard was an expert archer, swimmer and avid scuba diver.  Sometimes at a backyard barbeque we would look around and say ?Where?s Howard??....  He would be at the bottom of the deep end of the swimming pool for minutes at a time.  He took such pleasure in diving he became a professional diver. However, after a few very close calls, he decided working on land was a lot safer and warmer.   He took a job with the Phoenix Union High School District in 1962. He worked his way up in the District.  Starting at an entry-level position, he learned about the various trades and eventually moved into the position of Coordinator. Retiring from the District as Coordinator of Maintenance for 18 high schools.  He was very proud of the changes he helped facilitate in the Maintenance and Operations Department.  New equipment, vehicles and a smoother operation.  He hated the meetings but loved being on site with a hands on management style.  Once, there was a major water leak at one of the schools.  Howard went out to the school to see how the repair was coming along.  The backhoe operator was having a hard time and frustrated.  Howard suggested he take a break.  Howard climbed up on the backhoe, in his dress clothes and proceeded to deftly operate the backhoe.  There were many times he would come home muddy and dirty in his dress clothes and shoes.  Those were some if his favorite times.  He was never reluctant to be on site if there was a problem.  One night, about 2 a.m., he was called out to use his diving and problem solving experience to get a tractor out of the pool at West High School.   Howard and Loretta were married in 1975.  Howard took as his own, loved and mentored Loretta?s children, Steven and Tamara     Everyone knows Howard?s passion was flying.  The day he received his multi engine rating he had called in sick to work.  After take-off one engine failed.  They tower asked if he wanted to declare an emergency.  He said ?No?.  He didn?t want to be on the evening news after calling in sick.   One day, Howard came to Loretta?s office with a headset, a Log Book and an Instruction Manual.  He said I have a friend to instruct you and  ?It is time you learn to fly?.  What a gift.  He challenged his family and co-workers to have the courage to do great things.  Truly, he was a remarkable man.   Howard loved adventure. He was married five times. He wasn?t proud of his multiple marriages but it demonstrates he believed in ?keep trying until you get it right?.  He loved aerobatics, the outdoors, traveling, diving, fishing, and for a time worked with explosives during his mining career. However, he was never reckless and had no patience with those who were.   He was disappointed he never owned a motor home or traveled to Montana and Gettysburg.  He was fascinated by history and mechanical challenges.  He understood, could work on and fix almost anything mechanical.  He took pride in sharing his interest in flying with family and friends.  He provided some, including me,  with their first opportunity to ?take the controls? .  He also loved to stall the plane and spin ?out of control? towards the earth, pulling up at the last minute, with first timers as well.   Howard adored his family.  Parents, brother, sisters, children grandchildren great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and in-laws, If they married into his family, they were HIS family.  Each and every one was special to him and brought him such joy by being in his life.    He was well respected by his peers Loved and admired by family and friends.  Howard was a strong man.  He was perceptive with deep wisdom he would share with those who sought to counsel with him AND with some who DIDN?T.   Finally, and most importantly, Howard gave his heart to and accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as his Savior.  Therefore, he is now walking tall in Heaven.  He is no longer in pain.

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