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Please help us celebrate Glenn’s life by leaving a tribute below.  Share your favorite photos, videos, and memories, both big and small. It means so much to us to hear from all of you. Thank you for being a part of Glenn’s life, and for all the love and support you shared with him.
Posted by Budd Goodwin on June 17, 2021
Glenn was a good friend of my daughter, Blythe, when I first met him about 13 years ago. He was an affable man who was always cheerful and willing to lend a hand. I don’t think I ever spoke to Glenny without his thanking me for my service in the US Navy during Vietnam. It meant a lot to me that Glenny was a good friend to Blythe when she needed one. I also enjoyed going to hear him play and sing with his band—music was so obviously his passion. He will be missed!
Posted by carolyn despres on May 24, 2021
I met Glenny 25 years ago through a mutual friend. We shared commonalities, the love of crystals and music, so many wonderful hobbies Glenny had to share. I saw him play live with his band Robot Wife, he had the place hopping.
His love of music is so hart felt to me and many who knew him.
He would always rip it up on stage and what beautiful songs he wrote in his short life here.
We reunited a few years ago. He came into my business and we immediately broke out in song to American Girl. I'm a singer to so we knew all the lyrics and sang aloud for all to hear. We got though almost the whole song :)

I went to a rehearsal with his new band after that, we harmonized beautifully and had a blast! He then gave me a Van Morrison song book shortly after that. I took that to mean I should perfect a song I do, Moondance and work on other songs in the book too. We were going to work on original songs together before he got sick.
My condolences to his wife Debbie and Family... I will remember you always. You are an inspiration to all and you will be truly missed...

Posted by Francis Shelley on May 24, 2021
I met Glenn when I was attending SDSU in the eighties and although I did not keep in touch with him after graduating, he left a lasting impression on me. He had strong beliefs, was grounded and was always enjoyable to hang out with. I knew that Glenn was a Christian and was happy to hear that he continued to believe until the end. I will always remember our discussions about Yasser Arafat, the PLO and Israel ongoing conflict along with other current worldly events. He was never afraid to engage one in conversation about politics and religion.  I will always carry his free going spirit, kindness, gentle heart and positive words with me. Until again when I meet you in the great heavenly house above, miss you bud and nothing but love from my family to your family and dearest friends. Be strong and kind as Glenn would want all of us to be.
Posted by Heather Shuck on May 22, 2021
Glenn is such a special person to us!  Upon moving to the neighborhood, he welcomed us each day with a smile and made us feel like family! He called our girls his God Daughters, and to them, he was an uncle. Glenn never missed a birthday or holiday. He would hand deliver the most meaningful card with a special drawing, a gift (mostly crystals which our girls love) and a loving hug! 

Glenn was a brother to Sam and would come hang for awhile, have a shot and tell the most amazing stories! 
We love you Glenn and miss you dearly! We will see you soon in heaven buddy! Until then, keep smiling and passing along your contageous amazing attitude! Halloween will not be the same without you, but we know you are dressing up, up there in heaven!
Posted by Donna Carlson on May 22, 2021
My dear Glen, the world is a much less interesting place without you in it. You always said I was your favorite cousin and I am dead sure you said the same to all of us. I had hoped and prayed for a different outcome to your illness but I know Heaven is celebrating your homecoming. I have never known anyone filled with so much love and forgiveness for anyone and everyone. We were all blessed to have known you. Rest well dear cousin!
Posted by Jonathan Chandler on May 22, 2021
Cousin Glen, probably the most uniquely outgoing and eccentric member of my family on either side. Vibrant, passionate, joyous, entertaining, talented, and caring. It was a pleasure to be in his presence.

When we were kids, he seemed more like an uncle than a cousin because he was 20 years older. But regardless of the age difference it was easy to connect with him. My brother Lee and I always enjoyed our visits. We didn’t get to see him much since he lived on the opposite side of the country but when we did it was a treat. He joked and teased and entertained. He talked different from the rest of us (his Alabama relatives) and that was interesting and refreshing. And he loved to feast. You never went hungry for long in his house.

As an adult I had the pleasure of staying with him for several days - nearly a week as I recall. He enlightened me and my friend Mike in the ways of Crowley, magic, visualization and manifestation and the power of crystals. He introduced us to Kozmo Barnes (in person) the eccentric artist and publisher.

Glen wanted to expand our minds, artistic spirit and our spiritual awareness. And he did. I remember feeling more conscious, more grateful, and more alive after our stay with him.

Sadly we did not keep in touch very well in the following years. We lived our lives on opposite sides of the country and I regret not making the effort to see him more. Still I consider myself blessed for the time I did get to spend with him and for having known him. He unforgettable and will live on forever in our memories.

See you in Heaven Cuz
Posted by Dora Brudwick on May 21, 2021
I met Glenn in 1991 working at Costco. He was the most loving,caring person that anyone could ever know. I loved the way he would make-up songs with my name in it when I would be his “bagger” he would pretend he was playing his guitar or drums all the time. When I left in 2016 to retire he gave me the best hug ever and said COME BACK TO SEE ME YOU BEAUTIFUL LADY. Glenn you will be missed by so many. I know you will be singing up there in heaven
Posted by Vonnie Asaro on May 20, 2021
Glen, I'll always remember your squinty eye smile. I love you and miss you. Our paths crossed 32 years ago. I will always treasure those times we had to share, whether it was sitting next to each other in the break room, (while we both relished our food), or back to back cashiering with you, ( we'd get a song in our head and bust out singing it together), not to mention the concerts we went to together, ( we were the ones on the stage).
I love you Glenny, and look forward to sharing the heavens with you! Peace out my brother ❤
Posted by Michele Gissendanner on May 20, 2021
What can I say that hasn’t already been said about this extraordinary man and person, Glenny was unique, clever, complex at times, strong, sincere, wise beyond his years. I became friends with Glenn at Costco 20 years ago, he made everyday and adventure and light hearted, we sang we joked we enjoyed great times that I will think of fondly, the last few weeks we made plans to go see a Chargers game at the new stadium, even though he was a Rams Fan he’d say I’ll go anywhere as long as we can be together, a week before his passing he said dear one I don’t think I’m going to make it to the stadium but I’ll be with you when you go ok, we both were overcome with emotion. He was such a loving caring person and always know Glenny I’ll keep the memories of you alive and well and puppy Luke Chandler will as well, he’s named after and amazing angels, until we meet again Michele Out!!
Posted by Richard Chandler on May 19, 2021
Glen was many things to many people. He was my cousin (our fathers were brothers) with great memories dating back to our earliest childhood years. However, he was much more than just a cousin, he was a beloved friend and brother. He was also a great son to his wonderful parents, a loving brother to his sweet sister Nancy, a close friend to many, many others, and of course, a devoted husband to his incredible wife Debbie. 

He was, among other things, an artist, a singer, a poet, a comedian, a coin collector, a gun enthusiast, and a lover of history (especially Civil War tales).

He had a smile and a sense of humor that could light up any room. It was always a joyous occasion whenever our California cousins could visit us back in Alabama. My brother Alan, Glen, Nancy and myself always had an awesome time together as kids. The same later on when my wife and sons came along. There were trips to the beach, site seeing, chowing down together on some good grub (like BBQ, seafood, watermelon, and of course homemade ice cream) or just hanging out with the old folks and hearing their tales from way back in the days growing up together in Millport, Alabama.

The world feels different now that he has been called home, but Glen’s life will live on forever in the hearts and minds of all of us who knew and loved him. Rest well buddy, we will all meet again someday just a little further down the road.
Posted by Teresa Chandler on May 18, 2021
Glenn was my husband’s (Richard Chandler) first cousin. I met Glenn in Mobile, AL when Ricky and I were dating in high school in the mid 70’s. We would hang out with Alan (Ricky’s brother, now deceased) and drive to the beautiful gulf beaches of Gulf Shores or Dauphin Island. Sometimes, we would hang out by the pool at Alan’s apartment. The guys loved doing “cannonballs “ in the pool and joke about being floating turds. Sometimes, we would share delicious meals made for us by Ricky’s mom, Lee. We also would sit around eating watermelon with Ricky’s dad (called Uncle Brub by Glenn) spitting seeds at each other and laughing our fool heads off. We always laughed a lot. I was a little taken aback by Glenn’s California gregarious ways. But, he always cracked us up with his off color jokes and songs. He was his own crazy character and never apologized for it. He loved to make people smile or laugh. We didn’t get to see him as often as we should have, but every phone call was a treat. We will miss him.
Posted by Ciaran MCgovern on May 17, 2021
Met Glenn way back in the early 80s. What a character. Seemed like we were always making plans to hang out & have fun. I was new to San Diego. Glenn knew every nook and cranny of SD. We had fun times for sure. With Glenns recommendation (which I think sealed the deal) he helped me get I job that I really enjoyed.
Glenn had the dearest parents. A house full of so much love. They were so nice, that Glenn never moved away his Momma. It's no wonder how he became such a caring person.

What i will always remember about Glenn is that in 1990 I moved away from SD & back to SF. Often friendships can fade away, the way they can. Glenn & I have always stayed in touch. Always remained great friends. He always made me feel like I was a special friend and I'm sure they're are many others who can attest to the same.
Miss you buddy, can't believe your gone. Cancer took our friend way too early in life. Glenn fought Cancer so hard. I don't know anyone who fought harder to stay with us. RIP Glenn
Remember the good times not these sad times. Remember the great friend were lucky to have called our friend.
Posted by Robert Rowland on May 17, 2021
Cheers —-to Glen my brother from another mother—-I won’t ever forget the many memories we had together—-like when you took me to Adobe falls at night and shut of the flashlight—I was so lost and mad but you love a good prank and I needed a couple days off from work because of my twisted ankle which I enjoyed —-or the time you pretended to be a woman from church and inviting your dad over for dinner —-Infact I have that on tape so I’ll try to post it —-miss your smile and great appetite—-food a favorite of ours—-hugs to heaven —aloha—I love you

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Posted by Budd Goodwin on June 17, 2021
Glenn was a good friend of my daughter, Blythe, when I first met him about 13 years ago. He was an affable man who was always cheerful and willing to lend a hand. I don’t think I ever spoke to Glenny without his thanking me for my service in the US Navy during Vietnam. It meant a lot to me that Glenny was a good friend to Blythe when she needed one. I also enjoyed going to hear him play and sing with his band—music was so obviously his passion. He will be missed!
Posted by carolyn despres on May 24, 2021
I met Glenny 25 years ago through a mutual friend. We shared commonalities, the love of crystals and music, so many wonderful hobbies Glenny had to share. I saw him play live with his band Robot Wife, he had the place hopping.
His love of music is so hart felt to me and many who knew him.
He would always rip it up on stage and what beautiful songs he wrote in his short life here.
We reunited a few years ago. He came into my business and we immediately broke out in song to American Girl. I'm a singer to so we knew all the lyrics and sang aloud for all to hear. We got though almost the whole song :)

I went to a rehearsal with his new band after that, we harmonized beautifully and had a blast! He then gave me a Van Morrison song book shortly after that. I took that to mean I should perfect a song I do, Moondance and work on other songs in the book too. We were going to work on original songs together before he got sick.
My condolences to his wife Debbie and Family... I will remember you always. You are an inspiration to all and you will be truly missed...

Posted by Francis Shelley on May 24, 2021
I met Glenn when I was attending SDSU in the eighties and although I did not keep in touch with him after graduating, he left a lasting impression on me. He had strong beliefs, was grounded and was always enjoyable to hang out with. I knew that Glenn was a Christian and was happy to hear that he continued to believe until the end. I will always remember our discussions about Yasser Arafat, the PLO and Israel ongoing conflict along with other current worldly events. He was never afraid to engage one in conversation about politics and religion.  I will always carry his free going spirit, kindness, gentle heart and positive words with me. Until again when I meet you in the great heavenly house above, miss you bud and nothing but love from my family to your family and dearest friends. Be strong and kind as Glenn would want all of us to be.
his Life

Glenn was born May 1960. He was a native of San Diego and never wanted to live anywhere else. 

From a young age, Glenn had an interest in music and played guitar, bongos, and drums. He was a talented singer and songwriter. He loved to entertain and was a member of different bands that performed locally. He thrived on stage! 

In addition to music, Glenn loved photography and took lots of beautiful pictures on family trips. Family was always important to Glenn. He looked forward to the summers when we would drive across the country to visit aunts, uncles, and cousins by the dozens.  

Glenn worked at Costco for 38 years. He was the most popular cashier in the building. People were willing to stand longer in his line just to get to talk to him. Many of his customers became friends outside of Costco. He had the ability to make everyone feel special. If Glenn learned his customer was from another country, he would make it a mission to learn some of the language. This way he could greet them in their native language. 

He was happily married for 28 years. Although they had no children of their own, all of the children in the neighborhood loved him because he was so fun loving. 

Glenn and Debbie were firm believers in animal rescue and were never long without a dog, cat, or both. 

Glenn loved life and God. He will be sorely missed by all who knew him. 
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Uncle Glenn

Shared by Nolan Walla on May 29, 2021
It has been difficult to gather my thoughts and decide what to write, so here it goes. I would like to say thank you to all of Uncle Glenn's friends, coworkers, customers, and family for sharing videos, photos, and memories for everyone to enjoy. It warms my heart to read your posts and to see the kind of impact he made on other's lives.

It has been extremely difficult for me over the last year and a half because I couldn't hear
Uncle Glenn's voice. Since I lived over on the east coast it was hard to catch him when he was feeling well enough to talk on the phone. As most of you know, Glenn's voice was one of his greatest qualities. Glenn had an incredible vocal range and vibrato as well as the ability to sing and write songs. He also had a gift of gab. One of my strongest memories was when we would talk on the phone. Glenn loved sharing his latest joke, newest lyric, or factoid since we last spoke. Luckily, I still possessed a copy of his Robot Wife cd that he mailed back in the late 90's. As he would put it, "that's KILLER!" haha. 

Glenn was a lifelong learner. He enjoyed learning about the civil war, art, music, the cosmos, as well as theology and spiritualism. Whenever I would come to visit he was eager to share his newest artifact, piece of artwork, and explain its significance. His passion for sharing his hobbies with me became a major influence on my art, music, and spirituality. 

Glenn was a natural teacher. He taught me to respect other's cultures and to practice empathy.  As any great teacher, he had the ability to make your day by getting you to crack a smile or make someone laugh. He always wore a smile as you can see from the many photos and videos. Glenn's philosophy in life was a reflection of his personality. He believed in living carefree and to be grateful in life. If there are two things that Uncle Glenn taught me above everything else. First, remember to laugh every day and that you are never too old to be a kid.

 I bet heaven is "bitch'n" now that you are up there singing your heart out for everyone. Don't worry, I will look after Aunt Debbie. Love you and miss you so much, Uncle Glenn.

**To friends and family who are interested in connecting beyond this website, you can contact me via email nolanwalla@gmail.com. I would really appreciate getting to meet you and learn more about how Glenny impacted your life too. Peace be with you.

2nd bit.

Shared by Jonathon Traverson on May 26, 2021
For all your songs of knowledge bursts of vibrentcies heart of wisdom on key vocal and love, I'm reminded in all your intellect how much passion flowed threw out your body an projected in to so many like my self. All your songs entertain the tingles one feels head ta toe from beginning to end and attacks the emotion one feels most an curesses it in such unique vibes, the effort you drive in to your gutair playing strong strumming like a humming birds rhythm, that's killer, well spoken in your own words man I crave more but I have the best gifts from you ever an that is our memories our brotherly love an musical passion I love you brother an miss you for ever. P.s. there's more that needs to be acknowledged for now this is for all to read an see how much of an impact you are and inspiration even still today.

Forever much love

Shared by Jonathon Traverson on May 23, 2021
Glenn...your a hole in one on any golf course your unique chord sheds sound in many songs about life. Your a special ingredient in many of lifes master pieces and you are one of my only few friends who could show me unconditional love an life for filling guidance as I was a lil boy in to the man I am today the ways your words dove in to my heart, thank you for ever. How do I match up to say I love you back? I can't but I do an always will. Fare well brother peace be with you times ten. Sing for me up there I'll play the key board for you an I'll never give up I'll where my heart on my sleeve an expose it for all to see the impact you had concreted in the man I am today. Your amazing friendship is rare an valued in my every day life. As I cry this out I'm only trying to credit every part of you that shined in my life. Your one to exsist most legendary in life my mind and in my heart. I love you so much buddy forever always your brother Jonny ps ty for my very first song written by you called Jonny gone rough I still laugh when I rehearse the lyrics. Lol only you Glenn only you. Hugs.