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Glen Charles Ghilotti

Petaluma, California

Jul 20, 1958 – Mar 25, 2018 (Age 59)


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Parent-Sorensen Mortuary and Crematory - Petaluma Obituary

GLEN CHARLES GHILOTTI passed away unexpectedly on March 25, 2018 in Oklahoma at the age of 59 years.  Devoted husband of Genevieve Ghilotti.  Cherished father of Jennifer Ghilotti, Kevin Ghilotti, Tom McCoy, Jennilee Rodrigues, and Tina Studebaker.  Beloved grandfather of Gwen and Lincoln McCoy and Archie Rodrigues.  Loving brother of Gary Ghilotti, Patrick Ghilotti, Judy Ghilotti, and the late Jim, Greg, and Marcia.  Survived by numerous nieces and nephews.

Born to Bonnie and Henry J. “Babe” Ghilotti on July 20, 1958, Glen was raised in San Rafael and attended Chico State.  From a very young age, he was actively involved in his family’s construction company.  Striking out on his own, Glen created his own family business, Team Ghilotti, in Petaluma. Over the last eleven years, he has proudly owned and operated Team Ghilotti and considered himself very fortunate to work alongside his children, Jennifer and Kevin.

Glen’s Petaluma farm, Glenhill Farm & Gardens, was an enormous sense of joy for him.  His vision was to create a magical place where families could visit and learn about farming, petting zoo animals, and trains.  It was during his trip to pick up a special trolley for the farm that Glen sadly passed away. 

In his spare time, Glen collected antique Caterpillar tractors, trucks and military tanks.  He was in the process of building a museum for people to visit at the farm to house his collection of rare and unique equipment.

Having a heart of gold, Glen was also very committed to fundraising for Miracle League North Bay, a ballpark for special needs children.  Above all, Glen loved his family; his grandchildren were the light of his life.  He was a wonderful and special man; he will be greatly missed.

Friends and family are invited to attend the Funeral Mass, Friday, April 6, 2018 at 10:00 am at St. Raphael’s Catholic Church, 1104 Fifth Ave., San Rafael, CA.  A Visitation will be held on Thursday, April 5, 2018 from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm at the PARENT-SORENSEN MORTUARY & CREMATORY, 850 Keokuk St., Petaluma, CA, followed by the Vigil Service at 6:00 pm at St. Raphael’s Church.  Memorial contributions may be made to Miracle League North Bay, 40 Fourth St., Ste. 286, Petaluma, CA 94952.  Private Interment: Mt. Olivet Catholic Cemetery, San Rafael.

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So late to be responding to what I just learned about Glen's passing. It's hard to imagine such a young man passing at a time when he should be enjoying his life. I'm saddened I was not at the funeral, but read about this today online. Jack (Hill) would have wanted him represented and I'm sorry not to have done this for both of them. My extreme sympathies to you and your family.

I was devastated to hear of Glen's untimely passing. My condolences and love to the family. I knew him in the 80's... my ex worked with his family and recently worked with him. He had a heart of gold. Life is cruel and hard to understand...he was a special guy..

Such a shock to hear about Glen's passing. Glen was a great boss to work for. He was a family man who had a heart of gold. He was very committed to his community, a good man indeed.Sending condolences to his family.

Glen and Codey Holcomb from Janesville, WI.

We met Glen at Edgerton thresheree Labor Day weekend 2015 when he brought his military tank for display and let my son Codey Holcomb drive the tank for the first time. Glen was a very nice guy and Cody was very happy that he got to drive his tank. R.I.P Glen

My heart literally sank when I heard the news. I first met Glen last June when he graciously agreed to lend us his 1928 Model Ford Produce Truck for the Novato 4th of July Parade. I went to his office to discuss the details of the Produce Truck. Glen treated me like a long time friend and spent the next 3 hours showing me all of his projects, including collection of large equipment, worm project and Glenhill Farm. There was no doubt that Glen had a heart as big as the Bay Area. You...

I never had the opportunity to meet Glen, but he must have been a wonderful man. My heart goes out to his wife Genevieve. Genevieve, hold onto the light just now, in any way you can.
All love,

Oh, the tears I cried reading of the 20 hours of plowing the 80 acres as a fire break, BY HIMSELF, during the October firestorm. I can just picture him out there. The three brothers with their G first names, remind me of my grandfather and his three brothers, George, Guy and Glen. Carry on dear family of Glen, and Team Ghilotti. It won't be easy without your noble leader, but you'll find the strength somehow. Condolences through my tears.

Glen was a generous man who was always willing to help. I got to know him and his Caterpillar Club when they all came out and built a riding arena for my daughter. After the grading was done Glen manned the bob-cat punching post holes while I set the posts, he had a quick wit and made the work fun. He was a man who was not afraid of work!

Our thoughts and prayers to Genevieve, his children and grandchildren, may God comfort you all through this difficult time.


Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Ghilotti Family. Glen was a great friend and fellow collector, a man that had a heart of gold and an eye for the coolest Cat around! We will miss Glen.
John Serres Family
Serres Corporation