Glen A. Conner (1942 - 2012)

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Glen A. Conner, 69, of San Mateo and Fresno, Calif.

Glen A. Conner, the founder and co-owner of The Estheticians, a skin care center in San Mateo, died Sunday, Feb. 5 at his home in San Mateo, following a battle with cancer.

Glen was born in Bozeman on Dec. 1, 1942, the eldest son of Grace (Pfohl) and Alfred Conner. Glen spent his childhood in the Madison Valley, and grew up on the Climbing Arrow and the Flying D ranches, where his father worked for many years. He graduated from Three Forks High School in 1961, where he was a talented basketball and football player. He later attended Western Montana College at Dillon, Montana State University at Bozeman, and Rocky Mountain College in Billings. While in Billings, he went to work for Paris Beauty Supply, and by the end of the 1960s he was also working as a distributor for the Neo-Life Company of San Leandro, Calif. He was recruited in 1970 to become the VP for Neo-Life's Glöda cosmetics line, and relocated with his family to San Jose, Calif. in 1971. He left Neo-Life in 1973 to study cosmetology, and in 1974 started The Estheticians in the city of Santa Clara, later opening a second office in Los Gatos before finally choosing San Mateo as the ideal location for his successful and innovative establishment.

Glen was married twice, first in 1962 to the former Diana Hopper of Three Forks, then in 1977 to Skadrite Loja, who became his business partner. They subsequently divorced. Glen is survived by his daughters from his first marriage, Kim Conner of Cold Spring, N.Y. and her husband, Nick Groombridge, and Laura Strangio of Loomis, Calif. and her husband, Gregory; also by his brother, Floyd Conner and wife, Nancy of St. Helens, Ore., his grandchildren, Ian, Elizabeth and Ross Groombridge and Maria and Christopher Strangio, niece, Lisa Tracy and nephews, Brett Conner and Jeremiah Hegele, both of his former wives and most of all, his "office family," including Julie Young and Renee Amaral-Katz, who were his "tag team" and helped him so devotedly during his illness.

On July 13, at 11 a.m., there will be a graveside memorial followed by interment of his ashes in the Fairview Cemetery in Three Forks. All are welcome.
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on July 2, 2012
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