Glenn M. Ayers, 86, a lifelong Hanford resident, passed away peacefully at Hanford Nursing and Rehabilitation Center on January 24, 2014 after a long struggle with several life threatening illnesses.
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Glenn was born at home on Elm Street on November 20, 1927 to Clyde and Euna Mae (Cates) Ayers. He was the youngest of three children. He attended local school, graduating from Hanford High School in 1946. While in high school, Glenn was a popular student and excelled in track setting a record in the high hurdles that still stands today.
After graduation, Glenn enlisted in the U.S Navy, attending basic training in Great Lakes, IL, and electronics school in Treasure Island, CA. He then served aboard the USS Quick, a destroyer, in the Marshall Islands monitoring the effects of the nuclear testing on Enewetak and Bikini Atolls. He was honorably discharged in 1948 and returned to his hometown of Hanford where he attended C.O.S. on the G.I. Bill, earning his AA degree. He began his career working at the Hanford Post Office.
In 1952 Glenn married Marian Kramer of Delano, the mother of his children: David (Julie) and Don (Jody) of Hanford and Diane Ayers of Sacramento. During this time, Glenn decided he wanted to teach. He attended Fresno State College, earning his B.A. in Education and his teaching credentials in 1954.
Glenn taught for Armona and Hanford School Districts before moving into administration for Hanford Elementary in 1966. He continued his own education, earning his M.A. in Educational Administration at Fresno Pacific College in 1980. After retiring from Hanford Elementary, Glenn began another career in real estate, earning his realtor's license and becoming general manager for Century 21 Equity realty and a co-owner of RPS Real Estate.
Glenn was also active in his community and was a past president for the Hanford Jaycees. He had enjoyed scouting as a boy in Hanford and was actively involved in the Boy Scouts of America. He received many awards and recognitions for his service to Troop #400 and the Mt. Whitney Council. He was a scoutmaster and local leader from 1963-79. His hobbies included building and flying model airplanes, gardening and being Mr. Fix-it for his family.
After Glenn's first marriage ended in 1978, he married Sara Morris, who also worked for Hanford Elementary as a State Preschool Director/Teacher. The couple would have celebrated 33 years of marriage on Feb. 12, 2014.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Clyde and Euna Mae Ayers, his brother, Richard, and his sister-in-law, Jo Ayers.
Glenn is survived by his wife, Sara, sister, Edythe Ayers of Lompoc, CA; children, David, Don and Diane; step-children, Andy Morris (Marie) of Nashville, TN, and Shelby Smarr (Jeff) of Franklin, TN; a niece, Lisa Ayers of Tulare, CA; and his former wife Marian Ayers, of Hanford.
He is also survived by his grandsons, Sean Ayers of Gilroy and Colin Ayers of Hanford. His step-grandchildren include Lilly, Allie, Christian and Maggie Morris of Nashville, TN; Isaac Smarr of Franklin, TN; Patricia Zeafla of Hanford and Earl Moore of Corcoran. Step-great-grandchildren are Brandynn, Cody, Saige and Jeremy.
Glenn's wishes were to be interred at the San Joaquin National Cemetery in Santa Nella and to have a formal funeral service. However, the family has decided to honor Glenn's life with a military ceremony at the "tank" at the Hanford Cemetery at 2:00 p.m. on February 12, 2014 so that friends and family can pay their respects.
Remembrances may be sent to the Boy Scouts of America, Troop #400, c/o Tom Schoch, Scoutmaster, 657 tamarack, Lemoore, CA, 93245 or to the
Arrangements under the direction of Whitehurst-McNamara Funeral Service.
Published in The Hanford Sentinel on Feb. 4, 2014