Glenn Gregory
1950 - 2020
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GLENN GREGORY
September 19, 1950 - December 15, 2020

Glenn Gregory passed away peacefully on December 15, 2020 in Bakersfield, California with his family close by, succumbing to complications due to COVID-19. He is survived by his loving and steadfast wife, Corinne Gregory; his two sons, David (Theresa) Hatcher and Christopher Hatcher; and his three nieces, Jayna (Nathan) Gregory, Taryn (Gregory) Gregory, and Kendra Gregory.

Glenn was born on September 19, 1950 in Los Angeles, California. His father George Gregory (deceased 2005) and mother Geraldine "Gerry" Gregory (deceased 2019), both of Russian-Jewish descent, eventually settled in the San Fernando Valley neighborhood of Encino, where they raised Glenn along with his two younger brothers Gordon Gregory and Alex Gregory (both deceased).

Glenn attended Birmingham High School and had early aspirations of becoming an electrical engineer before realizing math was not his strongest suit - he quickly shifted his interests to geology. He went on to earn an undergraduate degree in Geology from UC Santa Barbara, and a master's degree in Geology from CSU Los Angeles. He began his professional career with Chanslor-Western Oil & Development before an 18-year tenure with the Santa Fe Energy Company. Glenn continued his successful career in the private sector as an Independent Petroleum Geologist for 25 years until his passing. He was a published author and a licensed CA Professional Geologist since 1981.

In 1986, while living in Orange County, Glenn met the love of his life, Corinne, whom he affectionately called "Kuckla" (Russian for "baby doll"). Corinne, in turn, lovingly called Glenn "Huggy Bear." They married two years later, after an adventurous courtship, and Glenn became a supportive and caring father to Corinne's two sons, David and Christopher. Family was the bedrock of Glenn's life and he took on the role of husband and father with unwavering dedication. In 1992, the family moved to Bakersfield, California, where Glenn lived for the remainder of his life.

Glenn was a larger-than-life figure in his local hiking community, serving as a hiking leader for the Kern River Valley Hiking Club and Southern Sierra Hiking Club. His friends and fellow hikers often describe him as a gentle giant whose heart was bigger than his stature. Hiking was Glenn's passion and he was always planning his next adventure; his expeditions would take him across the US and Canada. He loved being in nature, stopping to admire wildflowers, and waxing poetic about the geology he observed on each trail. He was not the fastest hiker - it was never a race with Glenn - he was a proud member of what he spiritedly called the Sloth Hiking Team. One would often find Glenn trailing in the back of the group, wearing his trademark Tilley hat, encouraging everyone to keep going, making sure no one was ever left behind.

Glenn will be remembered for his playful spirit, his genuine good nature, his leadership, his generosity, his endless storytelling, and his endearing sense of humor. He will be missed profoundly. A celebration of Glenn's life and a memorial hike will be held at future dates.



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Published in Bakersfield Californian from Dec. 19 to Dec. 20, 2020.
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January 2, 2021
I only met and hiked with the group once, but remember Glenn vividly. He emanated kindness, and seemed delighted with life. So sorry that I only had that one encounter, but he left an impression.
Lisa
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December 30, 2020
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Jenny Hirst
December 26, 2020
Glenn was my friend and hiking buddy for over 20 years. He was the most friendly, loving, outgoing, and interesting friend I have ever had. My heart goes out to Corinne and the rest of the family. I will miss Glenn terribly and pray for an end to this terrible scourge that took his life.
Greg Cluff
Friend
December 26, 2020
Glenn was one of the best friends I have ever had the privilege of knowing. He was my hiking buddy for over 20 years. He was the most personable, kind-hearted, and interesting friend I have had in my entire life, and I will miss him terribly.
Greg Cluff
Friend
December 26, 2020
I spent much time with Glen in the 1990's enjoying his interpretation of the geologic history of in the Sespe Oil Field in Ventura county. He was more than wiling to share his deep knowledge of the intricacies of the
multiple oil prone but low perm geologic formations in the area. He was a passionate, energetic and skilled geologist. I'll miss him.

Ken Hunter
Kenneth H Hunter
Friend
December 25, 2020
When I showed up to my first ‘away’ hike meet up with the SSHC several years ago, I was by myself and Glenn welcomed me and helped me find a group to carpool with. He checked up on me during that hike and I’ve remembered him ever since. What a lovely man and I’m so happy to have shared a passion for hiking with him. Rest In Peace and my condolences to his family.
Jenna Hale
Acquaintance
December 24, 2020
Deepest condolences to his family. I am saddened to hear of Glenn’s passing, SJGS meetings and hikes will never be the same without him.
Bibi Tan
Acquaintance
December 23, 2020
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow. We missed you deeply.
John Yu
Friend
December 23, 2020
Glenn was a good geology friend, always happy to share his observations, asking questions, and listening intently. We could always count on Glenn to ask the first question at the SJGS monthly meetings. As a Registered Geologist, Glenn was delivered solid results that met his clients needs. On geology field trips, Glenn was a great participant; asking questions and making great observations.

I’ll miss Glenn.

Rest In Peace.
Daniel Schwartz
Friend
December 22, 2020
Glenn was his own person and had an awesome zest for life!
RIP - you will be missed.
Celeste Bove & Bob Dwyer
Friend
December 22, 2020
My deepest condolences. Glenn will be missed.
Maryanne Bobbitt
Acquaintance
December 22, 2020
When we moved into Haggin Oaks, Glenn appeared on our front doorstep in his Cat In The Hat hat and in his deep gentle voice said "howdy neighbor". He welcomed us. He organized Neighborhood Watches, telephone #s/addresses, Halloween parties. Never an unkind word came from his mouth. Once he became your friend, he was a forever presence. Our love and respect to Corinne and the boys, and all who have been so lucky to have known him. Good bye friend, rest easy.
Patty and Robert Young
Friend
December 22, 2020
Really sorry for his departure. We enjoyed a lot of hiking adventures together. God bless his kind soul !
Pedro
Friend
December 21, 2020
I am so sorry to hear of this news. Glenn was a great hiking guide and he knew a lot about geology. He never missed a moment to share his knowledge of the great outdoors. I always enjoyed the hikes with him and the hiking club. I know he will be greatly missed.
Crystal Letson
Friend
December 20, 2020
Worked with Glenn on arranging a field trip for new engineers and geologists at the company I was working with in 2013 in the North Midway Sunset Field. All the attendees enjoyed his geology discussions.I also knew him as a member of the San Joaquin Valley Geology Society.Always an upbeat fun guy.
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Hal Ewald
Friend
December 20, 2020
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Glenn, a strong & gentle man. You will be missed.
Jill Kneeter
Family
December 20, 2020
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Gary Goldstick
December 20, 2020
Glen and Corrine have been close friends of my wife Carol and me for thirty plus years. We traveled together, visited each other ‘s homes, shared holidays and helped each other when problems arose. Through all these years, Glen invariably exuded good cheer, kindness, empathy, compassion and love, His untimely death left us both devastated. He was a unique personality, and he will live in our hearts throughout the rest of our lives. Rest in peace, Glen
Gary Goldstick
Friend
December 20, 2020
Glenn was a force of nature when it came to hiking and he will be greatly missed. A life lived to the fullest, cut short.
My condolences to the family.
Gisa Wittenborn
Acquaintance
December 20, 2020
Grief can be so hard, but our special memories help us cope. Remembering you and your loved one today and always.
Rhonda Bellusci
Friend
December 19, 2020
Already you are so missed . Bigger than life and so full of belly ripping laughter and Big Bear Hugs. I pray that God will soon bring the Peace that only He can give and leave the happy memories of a brother-in-law so deeply loved
Shirley Lindsey
Family
December 19, 2020
He was more than my best friend he was my older "brother"... I will miss talking to him on the phone daily.
John Bellusci
Friend
December 19, 2020
Glenn always said that hiking was his one day vacation.
You will be missed on New Years Day hikes in Red Rock Cyn.
My condolences to the family.
ALICE KHTEIAN
Acquaintance
December 19, 2020
I worked with him many years ago at Santa Fe Energy, and had been friends ever since. One of the nicest guys you would ever want to meet. What a great friend he was. The Olde Geology Doctor was a sign he always had in his office. He will be greatly missed.
DennisGreen
Friend
December 19, 2020
I feel as if a hole has been torn in the fabric of life. Glenn was the kindest, most decent man. I was proud to call him friend for 50 years. My heart goes out to Corinne, the love of his life, the two sons, and the rest of Glenn's family. His smile and humor will be forever missed. With deepest respect, each batch of hiking photos would be signed Glenn and Corinne. The significance of this is just beautiful. He gave his full worth and we are better for it. Ms. Linda Woodard
Linda Woodard
Friend
December 19, 2020
My deepest condolences to Glenn's family. I was fortunate to sit near Glenn (who I knew in passing from geology society meetings or on hiking trails) for BC's geology in film class last year. He was a lot of fun, and I was so glad to get to know him a little better. He will definitely be missed, and this is all a shock.
Jana McIntyre
Acquaintance
December 19, 2020
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Mark Yarlot
December 19, 2020
Please accept my sincere condolences to the family, May the God of Comfort take care of you as He massages your grieving hearts with his peace and tender care. May He alway be there to carry the pain from your grief during this time of sorrow. Psalm 68:19.
BRY
December 19, 2020
Glenn was always a delight when I would run in to him, which was infrequent in more recent years. I loved his deep voice always with a hearty laugh! I had the pleasure of working with Corinne on his Survivor themed birthday party and you could tell he loved every minute of it! He wore his love of Corinne and the boys on his sleeve. I know he shall be deeply missed.
Lili Marsh
Friend
December 19, 2020
Glenn was the kind of guy you'll always remember, super friendly, welcoming new members to the hiking club with a big ol' bear hug. I had to learn though to never take him seriously. He was always pulling my leg, and I'd fall for it! I will miss him dearly.
Rachael Moralez
Friend
December 19, 2020
Glenn was always kind, caring and creating or looking for fun. He brought a big smile, laughter and unique stories when he came into a room. For over 40 years, he has been a loving, thoughtful and loyal friend to my family and so many others in his life. His memory will always bring a smile to my face for all the joy he radiated. May he Rest In Peace.
Lydia Hopps
Friend
December 19, 2020
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Linda
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