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Glenn T. Passey, Lt. Colonel, USAF (Retired)
December 23, 1939 – October 10, 2018
Glenn T. Passey passed away, surrounded by family, at his home in Cheney, WA, on Oct. 10, 2018, at the age of 78. He was born Dec. 23, 1939, in Lanark, ID, to Leo and Ida Howell Passey and was the youngest of eight children. He was raised on the family farm.
In high school he demonstrated a great ability in athletics. He received a football scholarship that took him to Utah State, which was transferred to track as he had quite a talent in throwing the discus. He went on to break the NCAA discus record and continued to successfully compete in national and world discus competitions into his retirement. He was inducted into the Utah State Hall of Fame in 2010. In 1962 he married Joan Hymas in the Logan, Utah, LDS Temple, and they have seven children.
Glenn served in the U.S Air Force, retiring as a lieutenant colonel after 27 years. He served as a helicopter pilot at many locations in the US and around the world. In 1979 he was transferred to Fairchild Air Force Base, WA, to serve as the commander of the Survival School followed by his last assignment in 1985 to serve as the head track coach at the Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, CO.
Interests include racquetball, camping, hiking, woodworking and gardening. He was actively involved in the BSA in which all of his six sons received the rank of Eagle Scout. He was a lifelong devoted member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, where he held many leadership positions and developed a great joy for serving others and formed many close friendships. He was a devoted husband and father and had a great love of family. He was a man of great integrity, honor and character and will be greatly missed.
He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Joan; six sons, David and his wife Valeri, Allan and his wife Lisa, Nathan and his wife Suzy, Ryan and his wife Diane, Jared and his wife Sarah, Travis and his wife Angela; a daughter, Sheri, and her husband Paul Sears; 34 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
A funeral service will be held at 11:30 a.m. Friday, Oct. 19, at the Cheney LDS Church, 2526 N. 6th Street, in Cheney. Burial will be at the Washington State Veterans Cemetery in Medical Lake. Cheney Funeral Chapel, Cheney, WA. Online guestbook at cheneyfuneral.com.
Published by Logan Herald Journal on Oct. 17, 2018.
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