Glenn Herbert Lawrence

Glenn Herbert Lawrence passed away suddenly on Sunday, June 13, 2010, with his devoted wife, Ida, at his side. Glenn, beloved husband, father, grandpa and steadfast friend, has resided in the Rogue Valley for 43 years.



Glenn was born in Santa Ana, Calif., on March 18, 1927. He was raised and educated through high school in Orange County. He was then called to the Navy in 1945, and served for two years specializing in radio technology. Glenn returned to civilian life and married his first wife, Marvelle (Marvie), in 1948. They moved to Albuquerque, N.M., where they had their first three children, Michael, Kristi and Steve. Glenn finished his college education at University of New Mexico with a bachelor's of science degree in electrical engineering. He and his family then moved to Palo Alto, Calif., where Glenn was attracted by the development work being done in recording and became a longtime employee for AMPEX Corporation, participating in the launch of the first reel to reel tape player. It was in Palo Alto that his youngest son, Mathew, was born.



Glenn and his family moved to L-Rancho Alegre on Yale Creek, off the Little Applegate, in 1967. They ranched and launched a family-run summer camp for teenagers who came from all over the United States to ride horses, hike, camp and enjoy the beauty of Oregon.



Glenn began his career in marketing with ECS Composites, Grants Pass, Ore., in 1975. Over the years he enjoyed a wide range of responsibilities culminating with a board position and serving the company for 33 years.



Soon after he joined ECS, he married his soulmate of 35 years, Ida, a teacher at Ruch Elementary School. When time would permit, Glenn found great satisfaction assisting Ida with her classroom. He would reach high with the ceiling and bulletin board decorations. Often he could be found assembling teaching aids and assisting with special projects. Working with Ida gave him joy.



Glenn and Ida spent much of their last ten years exploring the beautiful Oregon coast, kayaking in Maine and traveling to their favorite European haunts.



Glenn was a dearly loved husband, father and grandpa. He is survived by wife, Ida; children, Michael, Kristi, Steve (Susan) and Matt (Ann); Ida's children, Eric (Elise), Julie (Larry), Karen (Alan); and grandchildren, Ben, Andy, Paul, Tony, Cole, Samantha, Janelle, Bryce, Jason, Austin, Shalana, Brant, Kyle and Teal. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Glenn's favorite charities, Salvation Army or Access Inc.