Glenn F. Allison, 64, who was Oozei Tachii'nii and born for Naakai Dine'e and originally from Shiprock, passed from this life on Friday, May 30, 2014.
His Cheii, Hoscan Tsosie, of Cove, Ariz., married to Mary Tsosie, who was Ma'ii deesgiizhinni. His Nali, Tsi'naajinii Nakai of Kinlichee, Ariz., married Carrie Shipley, who was Tsi'naajinii. Glenn's late father and mother were Jimmie Sr. and Faye Tsosie Allison. Jimmie Sr. was originally from Kinlichee/Ganado, Ariz., and Faye was from Cove, Ariz.
Glenn was the third oldest of eight children. He was preceded in death by his ex-wife Gloria Charley Johnston of Coyote Canyon, their son Jonathan Glenn Allison, and their daughter Blanche Faye Allison.
Raised in the Shiprock and Hogback areas, Glenn graduated from Shiprock High School in 1967. His post secondary education accomplishments consisted of a Bachelor of Science in Education in 1971 from the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, and a Masters in Education Administration in 1973 from Stanford University, Palo Alto, Calif.
Glen was a sports fanatic. He was a loyal fan of the Shiprock Chieftains; UNM Lobos; Stanford University Cardinals, and his beloved NFL team, the Dallas Cowboys.
He was also an outstanding employee and the proof of that is reflected in his 39 years of work experience that included employment with the Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) in Washington, D.C. and Albuquerque., where he was responsible for the Indian Student Equalization Program (ISEP), which determined the distribution of congressionally appropriated funds to all 185 BIE funded schools across the nation. Glen's most recent employment was as the Branch Chief for the U.S. Office of Facility Management for the BIE. He also worked at the Bay Area Indian Center in Oakland, Calif., and dedicated a portion of his employment career to the Navajo Nation Division of Education in Window Rock, Ariz.
Over the years, Glenn's dedication, loyalty, dependability and trustworthiness to each of his employers resulted in respect for his professional service that included many commendations and awards.
He was also awarded teaching certificates from the states of New Mexico and California.
Glenn is survived by one granddaughter, Evening Cloud Allison; one grandson, Aaron Wauneka, and one great-granddaughter, Jazmine Rose Kennedy, all of Albuquerque, and his lifetime partner of Frederick, Md., Larry Nearhoof. Surviving siblings are Shirley Ahkeah, who is married to Rodger; Marana of Arizona; Irene Edmonds of Albuquerque, who was married to the late Gilbert II; Michael Allison, who is married to Faye, both of Mesa, Ariz.; Charlene Allison, who is married to Steve, both of Oklahoma City, Okla.; Dr. Sherry Allison, who is married to Alley David, both of Albuquerque and Tina Allison of Shiprock.
He was preceded in death by a younger bother, Jimmie F. "Bum Bum" Allison Jr. And since Glenn came from a very large extended but very loving and close knit family, he was also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles who loved and respected him very much.
A funeral Mass will be at 11 a.m. today, June 5, at St. Mary's Catholic Church, 2100 E. 20th St. in Farmington.
Burial will follow in Memory Gardens, 6917 E. Main St. in Farmington.
Glenn is in the care of Desert View Funeral Home, North U.S. Highway 491, in Shiprock,505-368-4607.
Desert View Funeral Home of Shiprock
North U.S. Highway 491 Shiprock, NM 87420
Published in Farmington Daily Times from June 5 to June 14, 2014