Glenn was born in Muskogee, Oklahoma, March 10, 1934, son of David Powell and Emmie Redwings Brewer Powell. In 1936 the Powells left Oklahoma in a Model T to find work and eventually settled in Bakersfield, California. Glenn was the oldest of six siblings. He had fond memories of growing up on a small farm with fruit trees, chickens, cows, and tumbler pigeons. Glenn wrote a book about his childhood memories: Out of the Dustbowl.
He married Nancy Turnidge in 1958.
After graduating from Fresno State University with a degree in biology, Glenn taught science classes at Tehachapi High School and then pursued a Masters Degree in Science Education at the University of Albuquerque. Glenn and Nancy moved to Bellevue, Washington in 1964 and raised daughters Brenda and Teresa. He taught biology at Bellevue High School but spent most of his career teaching at Bellevue Community College where he developed cutting edge methods to teach anatomy labs for nursing students.
Glenn was a nature lover and expert fly fisherman. He spent three summers working as a naturalist for the National Park Service at Mount Rainier. Glenn was a skilled wood turner and shared this hobby with his grandchildren. He was an avid private pilot and owned a Luscombe tail-dragger plane. He loved sharing his fishing and woodworking skills with his family and friends. Glenn and Nancy moved to Sequim in 2002. He played tuba with the Sequim City Band and often took his family out to crab, clam and on pleasure drives in his jeep in the Olympic mountains. He was known for his chili recipe, guacamole and the family chocolate cake.
He is survived by his wife Nancy, sister Doris Carlton, daughters Brenda Powell and Teresa Anderson, sons-in-law Charles Ford and Bill Anderson, grandchildren Kevin Anderson, Melanie Anderson, William Crownover, Quintin Bailey, Blake Daley, Devin Ford, and great-grandchildren Carter and Isabella Daley.
A memorial will be held May 14 at 2 pm at 12727 209th Place Northeast, Woodinville WA. In lieu of gifts or flowers, please donate to Cure Alzheimer’s Fund or Sequim City Band.
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