Glenn Curtis Johnsen Glenn Curtis Johnsen, 87, of Lacey, WA passed away peacefully December 8, 2013 in the comfort of his own home surrounded by family. Glenn, born March 17, 1926 in Astoria, OR, was the only child of Gus and Flora Johnsen. As a boy, he spent hours bike riding the hills of Astoria with his dog, Sport. As a teenager, he fished commercially for salmon and tuna with his father off the OR/CA coasts. Glenn was a Charter Member of the Olympia Mountaineers, a member of the United Methodist Church, Kiwanis, Elks club, and served as the President of The Activators Club. Glenn graduated in 1943 from Astoria High School and immediately enlisted in the US Navy where he attended the V-12 Navy College Training Program and served as a Seabee until 1946 while stationed at Adak and Tanaga, Alaska. In 1950, he graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Sociology and Psychology from the University of Oregon. He then received a MSW degree, from New York School of Social Work at Columbia University in 1952. In 1950, he married his first wife Mary Joanne Summers. In 1955, they had a son, Gregg, and moved from Portland, OR to Chehalis, WA where Glenn worked as a Supervisor of the Child Guidance and Youth Services program for Southwest Washington. His wife Jo passed away in 1969 after a long bout with cancer. Later, Glenn married Linda Cook and had a daughter, Debbie. His work evolved into Director of Delinquency Prevention Services serving the areas from Port Angeles to Raymond with his main office still in Chehalis. He also maintained a private practice of Clinical Social work for marriage and individual counseling. For 10 years he owned a commercial salmon troller which he fished with his son. Glenn loved walking barefoot in the sand and spending time at their beach house in Rockaway Beach, OR. He took many Hawaiian vacations with his wife and family. Glenn is survived by his wife of 35 years, Linda, and two children: Gregg Johnsen (wife, Joey) and Debbie Keith (husband, Derek). He also is survived by four grandchildren: Samantha and Hayley Johnsen, and Dennis and Dawson Keith. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made to his favorite charities; college scholarships,
, and National Multiple Sclerosis Society. A Celebration of Life will be held at Woodlawn Funeral Home, Lacey, on Thursday, December 19, 2013, at 1 pm. Viewing is available from 11am to 12:30pm preceding the service. Graveside services will be at Ocean View Cemetery, Warrenton, Oregon.
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Published in The Olympian on Dec. 15, 2013