- Published on Wednesday, 10 April 2013 01:00
- Written by Los Altos Town Crier
July 13, 1927 – March 25, 2013
53 year Resident of Los Altos
Glenn, 85, passed away in his home in Los Altos. He was born in Los Gatos to parents Hazel and Harley Warren.
Glenn attended Ravenswood Grammar School in Palo Alto and Sequoia High School in Redwood City. He completed high school in 3 years so he could enlist in the U.S. Navy, serving in WWII in the Philippine islands.
After his discharge Glenn was employed as foreman at McCallahan Tree Surgery in Palo Alto. Shortly after, he opened his own business in San Jose called S&W Equipment, selling, renting and servicing power garden equipment. The business was so successful that he relocated to a new larger store on Stevens Creek Blvd in San Jose. In 1970 he sold S&W Equipment and began investing in real estate, specializing in residential homes in Mtn View, Palo Alto and Sunnyvale.
In 1990 Glenn retired and began to fully enjoy his favorite outdoor sports of fishing in rivers, the ocean and camping. Another hobby was golfing with his brothers-in-law Jack Tonnesen and David Wittman. He was an expert at salmon fishing in the Santa Cruz and Half Moon Bay areas. He owned and sold 5 boats during this time – the last one called “Glenn’s Fish Finder.” His first boat was named after his wife “Sunny”. He knew how to get along!
Glenn was also passionate about his now deceased dogs Maggy, Honeybunch, Penny, and Miss Dazey, and several cats during his lifetime. He had a soft spot for abandoned animals. Glenn’s garden and 14 fruit trees were his pride and joy and he enjoyed sharing the produce with everyone, including passersby.
He married his high school sweetheart “Sunny” in 1959. Their friendship started in the first year of grammar school. Glen always had a twinkle in his eye, loved his family, and his passing will leave an empty space that no one could fill.
He leaves behind his wife of 53 years, “Sunny” Eleanor Warren, niece Angela and husband Paul Bernaciak, grand nephew “JT” Jonathan Tomaka, sisters-in-law Linda Tonnesen and Christine Tonnesen, nephews Mark Tonnesen and wife Susan, and Scott Tonnesen.
The family wishes to thank Rev. Warwick James, pastor of St. Simon Church, Dr. Caroline Stratz, Dr. Sari Levine, Dr. Chandan Saw, and our great neighbors and friends for their support, prayers and good deeds.
In his last days he was surrounded by his devoted family. No services will be held at Glenn’s request. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his honor to a charity of your choice.