Glenn Cox passed away on January 8, 2012, at his home in Los Molinos, California. He was 80 years old.
Glenn was born on February 3, 1931. He was the youngest of four boys born to Charlie and Leanora Cox. He was raised in Montebello, California.
Glenn spent much of his youth dreaming of becoming a professional baseball player. This dream came true in June, 1949. When he graduated from high school, he signed a contract with the Brooklyn Dodgers. For the next ten years, Glenn barnstormed through various levels of baseball, pitching and hitting his way through such places as Hollywood, Montreal, Kansas City, Buffalo, Cuba, Puerto Rico, and Venezuela. Glenn's vivid memories and experiences during this time period have been captured in a book he published in 2009 called The Way the Game was Played.
Glenn served in the Army for two years during the Korean conflict, and he retired from professional baseball in 1961. He then pursued various careers, such as construction, owning a carpet store, and operating a fishing resort. In 1982, he was able to once again pursue his dream of baseball as he began to work at Los Molinos High School and became the head baseball coach. He coached baseball at this school for 15 years, and his teams won numerous championships. The school's baseball diamond today is called Glenn Cox field.
Glenn also loved to fish, hunt, and play golf. Although a very serious competitor, Glenn had a great sense of humor. He was also a very warm and compassionate man, and he would do anything to help a friend. Many people have been touched and influenced by this man. They will never forget the role he played in their lives.
Glenn, a loving husband, father, and grandfather, is survived by his wife Cathy. Glenn is also survived by his four children: Cindy Varlinsky and her husband, Rich; Chris Cox and his wife, Neva; Steve Cox and his wife, Natalie; Sara Rumiano and her husband, Keith. Glenn also leaves 6 grandchildren: Suzanne Hopper and husband, John, Dakota Glenn Cox, Hannah Cox, Hilary Cox, Holly Rumiano, and Rocco Rumiano. He also leaves four great grandsons; Selik, Logan, Preston, and Kyler Hopper.
A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, January 14th, at Los Molinos High School at 2 PM in the gym.
Memorial donations can by made to the Athletic Department at Los Molinos High School.
Published in Daily News on Jan. 11, 2012.