Glenn Darrell Brewer
Born in Spokane, WA on September 25, 1929 ~ Died in Seattle, WA on March 27, 2013
Glenn and his two older brothers were raised in Alki (West Seattle) by Evelyn Reisinger Brewer, a single mother who ran two Spuds Fish & Chips Restaurants. In their free time the boys spent many hours peeling mountains of potatoes for Spuds, collecting stove wood for the home fire, and having adventures on and around the beach. Glenn graduated from West Seattle High School and earned a degree in Art Education from the University of Washington
in 1952. After graduation he was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in the United State Marine Corps and went on active duty. He spent two years on active duty; the last 10 months in Japan where he discovered Japanese art and architecture. Prior to going overseas, he married his college sweetheart, Virginia Mae Brown in December of 1952.
Upon returning to the States and transferring to reserve status, he returned to school and earned a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Washington. He graduated at the top of his class and received the AIA Scholastic Medal for Design Excellence and the Architecture Alumni Travelling Scholarship which he used to tour South America. He worked for several prominent Seattle firms on commercial projects in addition to moonlighting on house designs. The Seattle Times, Better Homes and Gardens, and Sunset Magazine published some of his designs. This exposure allowed him to open his own architectural practice with his good friend and fellow U of WA Architecture classmate Alfred "Skip" Westberg. He continued to serve in the Marine Corps Reserve - eventually becoming the commanding officer of the 4th Shore Party Landing Battalion with the rank of Lt. Colonel.
After forty two years and 400 plus design projects, he retired and found a new "career" as a watercolor artist. Joining the Northwest Watercolor Society in 1999 and eventually achieving signature status, he has had his work entered in seventeen juried exhibitions and has been accepted as a member of the "Puget Sound Group of Northwest Painters." With his architectural designs, watercolor paintings, his kind words, loving encouragement and service to his country, Glenn has left the world a better place than he found it. We will miss him dearly.
Glenn is survived by his wife of 60 years, Virginia "Ginger", four children -- Carl (Lauri), Kathleen (Tim Blee), Heidi (Dale Peters) and Regan (Susan), six grandchildren -- Faye, Victoria, Nick, McKaley, Alex and Keara, his brother Lee Brewer, sister-in-law Marianne Gutteridge, numerous nieces and nephews, and many additional loving relatives and friends .
A memorial service will be held at 3:00 pm on Sunday May 12, 2013 at Westside Unitarian Universalist Congregation 7141 California Ave SW Seattle, WA 98136.
In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made in Glenn's name to the Westside Unitarian Universalist Congregation for their future art gallery.
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