Glen H. Bartlett , age 79, died peacefully at the family home on Pleasant Ridge on October 21, 2010.
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He was born in Seattle, Washington, June 16,1931 to Percy and Helen Bartlett. His first years were spent in Edmonds where his grandparents were pioneers. Glen spent his school years in the Wallingford neighborhood of Seattle and one special year on his grandmother's farm in Prosser at the base of the Horse Heaven Hills.
He graduated from Lincoln High School and he excelled as a varsity WBC athlete in baseball, basketball, soccer and football. His great love was baseball. His line drives up the middle often went out of the park. The night he belted two homeruns out of Sick's Stadium were an elation not forgotten. Joining Wallingford Boys Club (now Boys and Girls Club) was a turning point in his life. He excelled as a leader and was instrumental in opening numerous clubs for peers in greater Seattle. For this achievement he was awarded Seattle Boy of the Year in 1950. A Boys Club cruise to the San Juans brought Glen up the Swinomish Channel to LaConner for the first time. He was deeply inspired to return one day.
Glen served four years during the Korean Conflict in Naval Communications aboard the USS Windham Bay, CVE. His exposure to
Asian culture during travels in Japan, Taiwan, China, Thailand (Siam), Vietnam (French Indochina), Guam, Phillipine Islands and other Pacific islands influenced his art and architecture of later years. Visits to Buddhist and Shinto temples confirmed his universal approach to spirit. In 1953, in a twist of fate that Glen considered divine intervention, his ship came through a severe typhoon that brought them to Bremerton Naval Shipyards for repair. Able to visit home in Seattle, he met his soul mate Kay Peck. He considered their marriage and family his magnum opus.
Using his signature enthusiasm, creativity and artistic ability, he developed his career in design. Glen was also a journalist, poet, singer, painter, musician and acted in community theatre. Glen and Kay had four children and in 1964 purchased an old house on Snee-oosh Beach outside La Conner. The family spent every summer on Skagit Bay until permanently settling in 1969. Glen's arrival proved to be fortuitous timing for the town of La Conner's revitalization and historic preservation. He was the founder of La Conner Landmarks, the non-profit corporation that restored the Gaches Mansion that now houses the La Conner Quilt Museum. He worked with Art and Rita Hupy in founding the Valley Museum of Northwest Art, now Museum of Northwest Art in La Conner.
He was co-founder of Citizens for Clean Industry and worked to stop the nuclear power plant planned for Kiket Island that has recently become a protected cooperative preserve between the Swinomish Tribal Community and Washington State Parks now renamed the original Kutali.
He was the founding President of the La Conner Boys and Girls Club and worked to open other clubs in Skagit County. He served six years on the Skagit County Planning Commission and six years on the Washington State Historic Preservation Board.
Glen had the good fortune to meet Dave Moe, who was his true friend and collaborative craftsman on many distinctive private homes and commercial projects throughout the county. They were well known in the valley as the Dream Team. He was an innovator with the use of recycled steel and land use.
In the time following the death of his wife Kay of 55 years, Glen fully realized her complete devotion had provided the solid framework for his richly lived life. Glen is preceded in death by his parents, sister Lorraine and brother Loren and wife Kay. He is survived by daughter Deborah, grandchildren Callie and Tynan Martin and great grandson Rylan; daughter Constance Funk, her husband Gary and grandson Evan; son Craig Bartlett and wife Lisa Groening and grandchildren Mathias and Kathleen; daughter Wendy Bartlett; brother Jim Bartlett; many beloved nieces and nephews, extended family and friends. The Bartlett family wishes to acknowledge and thank all those who supported Glen in countless ways over the years. Each of you made a difference. A Celebration of Life is planned for Sunday, November 14th at 1pm at the La Conner School Auditorium with an ice cream social reception following in the LC Elementary Cafeteria. Arrangements are with Kern Funeral Home. You may offer Glen's family your sincere condolences at www.kernfuneralhome.com In lieu of flowers, you may choose to donate to the Bartlett/La Conner Schools Scholarship Fund through the Skagit Community Foundation, PO Box 1763, Mount Vernon 98273 or the Skagit Land Trust PO Box 1017, Mount Vernon 98273
Published in Skagit Valley Herald Publishing Company on Oct. 25, 2010