John Curtiss Glynn
1922 - 2014
A truly wonderful man, John Glynn, 92, passed from this life to the next on Saturday, June 7, 2014 of natural causes. He was born to Thomas Joseph Glynn and Mary Elizabeth Fitts, on February 12, 1922 in Hoisington, Kansas. He had an older brother and sister and two younger sisters and brother. His father died when he was seven and he helped his librarian mother support his siblings by selling newspapers. He was a child of the Dust Bowl and the Depression.
John graduated from Hoisington High School where he ran track and was a member of a state championship relay team. After high school he attended Dodge City College, then the University of Iowa. He entered naval flight training at Corpus Christy, TX and was soon transferred to the Army Air Force (AAF) and became a flight instructor at Thunderbird Field in Glendale, Arizona, flying PT-13's and AT-16's. His flight group of six trained 10,000 pilots from two dozen nations and earned a Presidential Unit Citation from Franklin D Roosevelt for over a million instructional flight hours without a single mishap. He was honorably discharged in December 1945.
After the war he remained in Glendale, Arizona where he worked as a radio disc jockey becoming close friends with singer Marty Robbins. He then worked in the retail clothing business where he mastered his sales ability before moving to Albuquerque, New Mexico where he managed, and then owned a western clothing and uniform store with nationwide sales. After selling his store, he moved to Farmington, New Mexico and became a real estate developer and in 1996 moved to Boise, Idaho where he worked for Dennis Dillon auto sales, a job he thoroughly enjoyed and appreciated, working up to a few weeks before his death at age 92.
John, or Johnny as he was often called, was the world's greatest salesman who loved to meet and talk to people. He was a kind and caring father to his family and a devoted member of St. Marks Catholic Church. He was simply the best husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend. He had a clearly visible spirit that will remain with those closest to him: he always brought a smile and warmth that few people possess. He was smart, interesting and engaging: he never met a stranger, always had a smile and hello for everyone, and he always had a joke to share. He could converse about current affairs or recollections of bygone days; he was interested in everyone he met and subsequently, everyone he met was interested in John. He was truly a fine gentleman, and will be remembered with much love and affection by his family and friends.
John married Clara Elizabeth Riggle on June 4,1944 and they had seven children: Lieutenant Commander John C. Glynn, Jr.(Kathryn), USN (Ret.), Brentwood, TN; Barbara Jean Glynn (deceased); Mamie Arlene Glynn, Alpine, AZ; Jack Emerson Glynn (Catherine), Animas, NM; Timothy Simon Glynn (Patty), Chesterfield, VA; Ginger Sue Glynn Jones (Tony), Edgewood, NM; George Kip Glynn (Denice), Farmington, NM; and 7 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
He married Mary Mercedes Hartman Terrell on September 4, 1976 and they had a loving marriage for almost 38 years. He is survived by Mary and four step-children: Charlene Hartman Kaufman (James P), Boise, ID; Roger Leon Hartman (Loretta), Phoenix, AZ; Maria Hartman Karnowski, Boise, ID; Colonel Patrick Ryan Terrell, USA (BJ), Bel Air, MD; and 13 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren.
John was a member of the New Mexico Mounted Patrol; Sons of the American Revolution (Benjamin Colton, Jr); and Society of Mayflower Descendants (John Alden, William Mullins, & Priscilla Mullins).
Services will be held on Friday, June 13, 2014 at 1:00 pm at St. Marks Catholic Church, 7960 Northview, Boise, ID. Vigil and visitation will be at Cloverdale Funeral Home, 1200 N Cloverdale Road, Boise, ID on Thursday, June 12, at 6:00 pm with the rosary at 7:00 pm. The inurnment will take place at the Idaho State Veterans Cemetery on Monday, June 16, 2014 at 11:00am.
Memorial gifts may be sent to St. Marks Stained Glass Window Fund, c/o St. Marks Catholic Church, 7960 Northview, Boise, ID 83704.
Published in Idaho Statesman on June 12, 2014
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