Longtime Kenai resident Glen Royce Jackson, 93, died peacefully Monday, Feb. 24, 2014, in Kenai.
Per Glen's request there will be no services.
Mr. Jackson was born in Spearfish, S.D. on May 3, 1920 to Charles Jackson and Florence (McClung) Jackson.
On Nov. 4, 1946 at the Presbyterian Church in Galena, Ill., Glen married Constance Mary Baker of London, England whom he met during World War II.
Glen graduated high school in 1939 from Upton, Wyo. He attended three and half years at Black Hills State Teachers College in Spearfish before being called into service in 1943. Glen served in the Rolling W, 89th Division US Infantry as a Communications Chief in the European Theater during which time he received the Bronze Star Medal. Upon receiving an honorable discharge, Glen taught mathematics and science in Newcastle, Wyo. Seeking work out of doors he became a laborer at an oil refinery in 1947 thus finding his vocation. Over the years he was promoted from an Instrument Technician to Plant Superintendent in 1960 to Plant Manager in 1963.
In May 1969 Glen was transferred to Alaska becoming the first Refinery Manager of Tesoro-Alaska Petroleum, an outgrowth of the Tesoro Refinery in Newcastle, Wyo. In 1979 Glen was promoted to Vice President of Tesoro-Alaska Refining remaining in the position until his retirement in 1985.
Glen enjoyed his work and all his associates, the many friends he made along life's journey and held the belief that his years were during the best of this and the last century. Glen was a man who loved life, his family and the Kenai Methodist Church. He was active in various community organizations both in Newcastle and Kenai.
Many Kenai residents will remember him as the man on Salmon Circle who handed out popcorn balls on Halloween. He was talented creating stained glass works. For Glen work was play: harvesting firewood; blowing snow; mowing the lawn around Molly's garden; planning, planting and harvesting the family vegetable gardens; and building rock terraces for the English gardens, as well as, the family's first home of twenty-three years.
Glen was preceded in death by his mother when he was four years of age and his father at age 13, leaving him an orphan. He was also preceded in death by sisters, Sybil, Lela and Cleone; and brothers, Lawrence and Dell.
He is survived by his wife, Constance "Molly"; son, George (Victoria) Jackson of Edmund, Okla.; daughters, Beverly (Cecil) Sallee of North Platte, Neb., Colleen (Gary) Sonnevil of Kenai, and Nannette Johnson of Newcastle, Wyo.; nine grandchildren; thirteen great-grandchildren; as well as many nephews and nieces.
Arrangements were by Peninsula Memorial Chapel.
Peninsula Memorial Chapel
5839 Kenai Spur Hwy. Kenai, AK 99611
Published in The Peninsula Clarion on Feb. 27, 2014